September 3, 2012
Argos' Maurice Mann ready to go
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency
HAMILTON - It’s been 45 days short of a full year since Maurice Mann last caught a pass in a regular season CFL game.
It came on Oct. 28 in a game the Argonauts would defeat Winnipeg 27-22. Mann caught two passes from Steven Jyles for 12 yards. He has not played a significant down of football since.
A pre-season injury that required 35 stitches, 17 on the inside of his leg and another 18 on the outside made him a spectator since.
Mann was named to the Argos’ 46-man roster on Sunday and will play on Monday.
The long wait for this next chance was made easier for Mann knowing that when he did finally work his way back in, Ricky Ray would be the guy throwing him the football.
“I’ve got him,” Mann said motioning towards Ray beside him, “and that’s what I have been waiting for. I have been working hard because I knew I would have this opportunity to play with him. He makes people better and that’s what the game is about. Having someone out there that can push you to (your limits). He’s everything you dream of as a receiver.
“He’s definitely a big part why I stayed motivated because if you had seen those corner balls flying through the air like I have you would be excited too.”
Ray’s feather-light touch on those balls that seem to miraculously fall from the heavens into a receivers hands is a sight to behold, but as Ray pointed out yesterday, the receiver has to earn the right to get those opportunities.
Mann, in Ray’s eyes, has earned those opportunities.
“I feel confident that when Mo is one-on-one with a defender he’s going to go up and make a play,” Ray said. “You don’t have that with every guy. Sometimes you see a guy out there one-on-one and you shy away from throwing it to him because you know more often than not that he’s not going to make that play but with Mo I feel like if he’s one-on-one, I’m going to give him the chance.”
The Argos have been looking for someone to snap them out of their red-zone funk. Listening to that mutual admiration society Sunday makes one wonder if this might in fact be it.
TICATS COACH CORTEZ UP TO CHALLENGE
Ticats head coach George Cortez needs another question about a challenge flag like he needs to see another of his key players go down with injury.
But it’s an area of the game that Cortez and his staff put in the spotlight a week ago when they failed to challenge a play that was ruled a caught ball when in fact it was clearly dropped. A long completion to S.J. Green that helped set up a successful field goal in a game the Tabbies would go on to lose by two points stood when it should not have.
Cortez said on Sunday nothing has really changed in the manner in which he is alerted to a potential challenge.
“Hopefully we’ll just get it communicated better,” he said.
Here’s hoping the Ticats are doing more than just hoping for a better result. Twice already this year the Ticats have failed to challenge a play that would have helped them overturn a big play by the opposition.
Hopefully Cortez and his spotters who are privy to replays up in the booth have it worked out so that little yellow flag gets thrown when it’s supposed to get thrown.