Copeland reaches his milestone

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 AM ET

TORONTO - It hasnít exactly been the season Jeremaine Copeland had hoped for, but he did manage to end it on a bit of a high note.

The 11-year veteran receiver came into Thursdayís final game of 2011 for the Argos needing 23 yards to join a select group of CFL pass catchers.

He caught a six-yard pass on the first play of the game then moved past the 10,000-yard mark on a 32-yard pass from Dalton Bell.

Copeland got half a step on Marcell Young and Bell got the ball just over the Hamilton defenderís finger tips allowing Copeland to haul it in.

Copeland came into the game hoping the catch that would put him over the 10,000-yard mark for career receiving would come on a touchdown. He came into the game not having scored one all year.

That wish didnít come true, but the record-breaker wound up setting up the only touchdown of the first half, a 10-yard pass from Bell to Andre Durie after Copelandís catch got the Argos to the Hamilton 19.

Copeland became just the 15th player to reach the 10,000 yard mark in receiving in the CFL. The career leader in regular season receiving yardage is Winnipegís Milt Stegall who amassed 15,153 yards in his 14 seasons in the league.


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