Argos' Jerious Norwood off and running in new role

Toronto Argonauts running back Jerious Norwood is set to make his first CFL start against the...

Toronto Argonauts running back Jerious Norwood is set to make his first CFL start against the Calgary Stampeders. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

TORONTO - The theme for this Toronto Argonauts team has become apparent throughout the heart of the regular season, when teams felled by injuries generally begin to either wither heading into the stretch drive, or rise through the setbacks.

The Double Blue, particularly over the past two weeks, have picked a path of resiliency, displaying clearly they have the heart and the depth to overcome whatever obstacles trip them up along the way.

Man down? No problem. Simply man up.

When superstar quarterback Ricky Ray was lost to injury a few weeks ago, some predicted the Argos a team that often lives and dies by the offence the leagues top pivot provides would plummet down the East Division ladder.

The Scullers (7-4), now four points in the clear of Hamilton in first place, have climbed that ladder.

While Zach Collaros has been erratic at times since taking over for Ray, there is no disputing the growing confidence the Argos have with the rookie signal-caller under centre, as Collaros has shown a genuine knack for coming up big in the clutch throughout his limited action this season.

Similarly, when star receiver/returner Chad Owens left a game injured in Montreal a few weeks ago his status for Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders is doubtful the Boatmen lost a major piece of ammunition and stood to suffer from the Flyin Hawaiians absence.

All the Argos have done since then is turn to previous role players, who have stepped in and stepped up huge in leading the team to back-to-back come-from-behind road wins, the latest an improbable victory over the Roughriders.

The Argos next chapter in attempting to overcome adversity opens at McMahon Stadium, where Jerious Norwood will attempt to fill the running back shoes of Chad Kackert, who suffered a concussion in Regina in his first game back from a lengthy stint on the injured list.


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