While most of the Argos offence moved in the opposite direction statistically this season, Arland Bruce kept moving forward.
There were enough yards, enough touchdowns and enough electrifying plays for the receiver to head a group of three Argos to be named CFL all-stars yesterday.
Bruce, who finished second in the league with a career-high 1,370 receiving yards and scored 11 touchdowns, was joined on the squad by cornerback Byron Parker and kicker Noel Prefontaine.
"The ultimate goal is to get to the Grey Cup and to get by Montreal this weekend," Bruce said. "But being an all-star is a nice bonus, something you take pride in."
Despite arriving in mid-season after being cut by the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, Parker set team and league records for interception returns yards with 348.
The award is nothing new for punter/placekicker Prefontaine, who was named an all-star for the eighth time in his stellar career.
The Argos signed Toronto native Jason Gavadza yesterday to replace injured fullback Jeff Johnson, who likely is out for the season.
Gavadza, who was on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad when they won the 2001 Super Bowl, also can play special teams.
The Argos also brought back offensive tackle John Fuegill, who anchored the right sign of the line in 2003 and '04 and spent last season with Winnipeg.
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The Als have been established as 3-point favourites on Sunday, presumably because of the home-field advantage.
A year ago, the Argos were favoured by the same margin before being upset by the visiting Als.