Argos turn to receiver Mann to help boost offence

Toronto Argonauts Maurice Mann celebrates after scoring a touchdown on the Edmonton Eskimos during...

Toronto Argonauts Maurice Mann celebrates after scoring a touchdown on the Edmonton Eskimos during the first half of the East Division semifinal CFL football game on November 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

So it is, when the Argonauts kick off against Regina Saturday they will do it without five of their top six receivers, a rookie left tackle to protect Ricky Ray, and a special-teams unit that has had to learn to live without Chad Owens.

A week ago Mo Mann was teaching kids about playing football. This weekend Mann, who last played a CFL down in the Argonauts’ 2012 Grey Cup season, steps back onto the field. Back as a player. Back in a world his students only dream about.

Even Mann admits it is a bit of a blur; that he never honestly could’ve expected this turnaround.

As an instructor with the Toronto Development Fast Football League, he’d pretty much closed the door on a CFL career.

But, Toronto’s receiving corps started dropping like wounded ducks.


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