Sunday’s arm injury to star quarterback Ricky Ray has frightened a lot of Toronto Argonaut fans as they need a win to capture the last playoff spot.
However, the late injury and the media silence so far about whether or not Ray will be able to go in the regular season finale on Friday night have added to the fans’ and the franchise’s worry.
If Ray is unable to play, the man that replaced him at the end of the game is favored to get the start.
— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) November 2, 2014
The six-foot-three, 235-pounder was a star for NCAA Division II’ Edinboro University. As a Fighting Scot, Harris slayed through school records on his way to back-to-back Harlon Hill (Division II’s Heisman trophy equivalent) finalist nods. In a playoff game against West Liberty University (W. Va.), Harris set a Division II record for passing yards with 630 passing yards in a playoff game. He ended his college career with 11,889 yards, 100 touchdowns and 60 percent completion rate.
However Harris spent most of his early pro career as a journeyman, signed with six different teams in three different leagues over a two year span.
He started his professional career as an unsigned free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars before he was released and entered the Arena Football League. He signed with the Arizona Rattlers but left after the season to sign with the now-defunct United Football League’s Hartford Colonials.
After just a stint on the offseason roster, Harris headed west to the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions. After the league’s Spring season was completed, he agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills but didn’t make it through the preseason. His last stop before Toronto was in Orlando with Arena’s Orlando Predators.
Harris threw for 272 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in his limited playing time in the AFL.
The Argos signed Harris in the 2012 offseason and brought him in for the preseason. He went 13 of 15 for 160 yards and two touchdowns in his second preseason game, giving him the backup role behind Ray.
Harris is 16 of 24 for 168 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions this season. He is 33 of 58 for 424 with one touchdown for his CFL career.