Avery's future all up to him, Pinball says

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Rarely does Argos head coach Mike Clemons publicly challenge one of his players to step up their production, but that was the case yesterday.

John Avery, who gets the start tonight against the Alouettes at running back with Jamel White out with bruised ribs, is not shy when it comes to lamenting his dwindling opportunities since a busy first year with the Argos in 2004.

Clemons was asked if Avery has to get it into his head that it's his own play that dictates how much playing time he gets.

"He doesn't have to get it into his head, but if he doesn't get it into his head or, more importantly, if he doesn't (produce), it will register for him," Clemons said. "The fact is he has to go out and take the position. He has to go out and play in a fashion that says we can't play without John Avery. I love the guy, but our job is to go out and win football games. We want more out of that position, no question about it."

NO ANIMOSITY HERE

Damon Allen and Mike McMahon have been a model of support for each other despite the fact that they compete for the same job.

That support continued yesterday with McMahon joining Allen for his traditional round of golf the day before game day.

BACK IN STYLE

There may be a few double takes tonight at the Rogers Centre when the Argos unveil their third jerseys, which feature a return to the double blue shades of a bygone Boatmen era.

The Argos will be decked out in their normal dark pants, but the light blue jerseys will be reminiscent of the 1970s.


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