TORONTO - Jeremy Unertl and Ricky Foley have the same goal for Saturday afternoon — to shut down B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay.
But it’s under different circumstances that Unertl and Foley will try to get in Lulay’s face.
Unertl will make his first start of the 2011 season, replacing Jordan Younger, who has a shoulder injury, at strongside linebacker. Foley, meanwhile, will play in Vancouver for the first time since choosing the Argos over the Lions, for whom he played for four years, last September.
“I played my heart out for them, I played hurt, I played with screws in my body,” Foley said. “I never missed any games out there. I played with a cast on my hand for that team, and hopefully (fans at Empire Field) respect that. If not, I don’t really care. Fans will be fans. I hope they boo, I am looking forward to it.”
Younger will join fellow starting linebackers Kevin Eiben (pectoral muscle) and Jason Pottinger (knee) on the sideline, marking the first time Argos head coach Jim Barker has been part of a team that lost all three of its linebackers in one season.
“That’s the nature of this game,” Barker said. “Ejiro Kuale and Anthony Cannon have been getting better each week (in replacing Pottinger and Eiben) and hopefully Jeremy steps in and there is not a huge dropoff.
“Jordan is close with his shoulder but we don’t want to take a chance.”
Unertl will try to capture the same magic he found last year, his first as an Argo, when he had two interceptions for a total of 98 yards and one touchdown.
“Being a pro is about finding your role on your team, and taking care of business and being ready when they call on you,” Unertl said. “That is the approach I’m taking.”