Copeland key to Argo turnaround

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland has helped turn a franchise around before, and if that's what is happening with the Argonauts, the slotback acknowledged he is a little surprised.

"I didn't think it would happen this fast," Copeland, acquired from the Calgary Stampeders in the off-season, said. "No one knows what is going to happen when you come to a new team.

"But I could tell in training camp that this team had a lot of fire. We knew we could be successful, but we did not know how the start was going to go. We're glad we are 3-1, but we wish we could be 4-0."

Copeland signed with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent in 2005 after the Stamps went 4-14 the previous season. Calgary was 11-7 in 2005 and Copeland eventually helped the Stamps win the Grey Cup in 2008.

There's no doubt that even at the age of 33, Copeland is one of the Argos' integral pieces on offence, and after four games, leads the club with 173 receiving yards. Catching his first touchdown pass of 2010 against the B.C. Lions last week was a relief.

"I must say so," Copeland said. "That's what I was brought here to do. I really think that was the start, and they will come in bundles from now on."


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