Opportunity not wasted

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Not long ago, Argos receiver Jean-Frederic Tremblay was throwing passes to the video game version of Andre Rison.

Fast forward to this year and things have changed a bit. Tremblay, a second-year pro, has to give his head a shake when he thinks about what has transpired recently.

Rison, an ex-NFL all-pro receiver, was released by the Argos last week, while Tremblay has emerged as a developing Canadian threat and is starting to show why the Argos picked him in the first round of the Canadian college draft last year.

"I don't remember what age I was, but I was playing (the Nintendo game) Tecmo Bowl and I was always picking the Atlanta Falcons to have Andre Rison," Tremblay, 25, recalled yesterday as the Argos continued preparing for their annual Labour Day showdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"If you would have told me you'd play with Andre Rison 10 years ago, I wouldn't believe you. Now, you're telling me I will play (ahead of Rison)."

Tremblay has played the past two games, with R. Jay Soward on the injured list. Last week, Tremblay made his presence felt, hauling in four passes for 52 yards.

"You don't wish (for) injuries to your teammates, but that's the way professional sports and sports in general is," the Laval product said. "I was just ready for an opportunity and the opportunity happened."

Tremblay knows all about injuries, after all. He has been sidelined by a seemingly chronic hamstring problem for most of his time with the Argos.

"I always think (about the hamstring) before practice and I'm almost paranoid to see how it goes," he said. "But it has been five years now ... and when I put on my helmet, and a play is called and I'm on the line, I don't think about it."

KICKING AND TACKLING

Argos kicker/punter Noel Prefontaine, who prides himself on being more than just a kicker, was delighted to watch Ticats counterpart Jamie Boreham hammer the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Gilles Colon with a huge hit in their game last Friday. He plans to congratulate Boreham for the play before the Labour Day game.

"It brought a smile to my face," Prefontaine said. "I think it kind of goes to show what I've been trying to do at that position is definitely leaking over to some of the other guys, which is great."

BRIEFLY

The Argos released second-year offensive lineman Mark Moroz yesterday. A first-round pick last year, Moroz did not play at all this season.


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