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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RAY TAKES OVER ARGOS

TORONTO (CP) - Ricky Ray is back as the Toronto Argonauts' starting quarterback.

Head coach Scott Milanovich said Sunday that Ray will be under centre Friday when the Argos (9-7) host the B.C. Lions (6-10) at Rogers Centre. Ray replaces Trevor Harris, who had been the club's starter for its first 16 regular-season games.

"We need to find out what Ricky is capable of doing before we get into the playoffs,'' Milanovich said. "Then we, I, need to make a decision as to who gives us the best chance to advance when we get there.

"Part of this is a function of that. When I spoke with Trevor (on Saturday) I told him he needs to be ready.''

Ray saw his first action of the season Friday night in Hamilton, replacing Harris in the second half of Toronto's lopsided 34-2 loss to Montreal. He finished 12-of-15 passing for 94 yards and had a late TD strike negated by a penalty.

Harris was 11-of-14 passing for 102 yards against Montreal but Toronto's offence struggled mounting any consistency versus the Als.

Ray wouldn't say how healthy he is, only that he's capable of playing.

"I am good enough to play, that's all that matters,'' he said. "At this point it doesn't do me any good to think about where I'm at, what I can do, what I can't do.

"When you're out there in the game you just drop back, go through your progressions and try to get it to the guy that's open and do what you're supposed to do back there. I don't foresee any problems with that.''

Harris assumed the starting duties while Ray recovered from off-season shoulder surgery. The fourth-year pro has completed over 70 per cent of his passes for 4,144 yards with a league-best 32 TD strikes but also 18 interceptions.

"The one thing I want to be clear about is this is not Trevor's fault,'' Milanovich said. "I've spent every day for the last four years during the season with these two guys and both of them are professional, they've made it so easy.

"When I spoke with Trevor I knew he'd handle it well. Had I been sitting in his shoes I can't guarantee I would've handled it as professionally. Dealing with quarterbacks is different. It just is. There's so much pressure on them, so much responsibility. We ask so much of them and any time, really, when you make a move at quarterback it's difficult.''

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