Toronto Argonauts: Trevor Harris Ready for Labour Day Classic


Toronto Argonauts’ Trevor Harris is Prepared to Take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Toronto Argonauts will be the first to admit they’ve most probably gotten more than they could have expected from Trevor Harris. The Double Blue’s quarterback has put up some impressive results in the absence of Ricky Ray.

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Harris currently leads the CFL in completion percentage, touchdown throws and passer rating. However, Monday represents a return to the scene of one of his few failures this season – Tim Hortons Fields in Hamilton.

For all his success this season, the 29-year old struggled in his first appearance against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Sure he threw for over 300 yards, but his team was thoroughly dominated, losing 34-18 just five weeks ago.

Regardless of that result, Harris sounds ready for the rematch, as he told Don Landry of “You shouldn’t need a whole bunch of (extra) motivation going into a game like this.

“Especially playing such a quality opponent that has really been beating people down. It’s an exciting challenge for us to go out and just see where we stack up.”

Jun 26, 2014; Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros poses for a photo. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Of course, no matter what the Waldo, Ohio native says, he can only be so ready. It’s tough to prepare fully for the experience of playing on Labour Day, in front of a rabid full house, with everyone cheering for your opponent.

Regardless, Harris will be looking to use the last meeting to his advantage: “It was good for our team to go out there and just see the environment at Tim Hortons Field and just kind of assess how that is and everything.”

There are various plot lines, which have helped amp up the excitement ahead of the Labour Day Classic. Leading the way, is the fact the Argonauts and Ti-Cats are tied at the top of the East Division, with 6-3 records.

Adding to the intrigue, is the fact Toronto will be facing Zach Collaros, the one that got away. The former Argos quarterback currently leads the CFL in passing yards, and is second to his Argonauts counterpart in touchdown throws and passer rating.

In many respects, the fate of this game will rest on the shoulders of these two quarterbacks. As such, comparisons are inevitable.

However, Harris prefers to concentrate on what he can control: “I just try to focus on the team and making sure that I’m doing everything I can to be the best leader that I can.

“I just wanna focus on being the best version of myself that I can be for our team. Past that, I don’t really concern myself with too much because most times, you just view things from a surface level if you’re in the media or a spectator whereas people in the locker room really know what’s going on.”

In fairness, the 2012 Grey Cup winner is absolutely right. Unfortunately, if the Argonauts lose on Monday, all the media will see from that surface level, is the fact Harris cannot beat the Ti-Cats.

However, Argos fans shouldn’t be too concerned, if their quarterback’s mentality is anything to go by: “Us being a young football team, you’re going to see us peak late in the season. Now that we have nine games under our belt, it’ll be fun to see where we grow.”

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