McLeon Bethel-Thompson is now the Toronto Argonauts starting quarterback.
Head coach Marc Trestman made the change Sunday, meaning Bethel-Thompson will be under centre Thursday night when Toronto (1-5) hosts the Ottawa Redblacks (4-2).
Bethel-Thompson replaces James Franklin, who was 1-3 as the starter replacing the injured Ricky Ray.
It’s been a tough go for the six-foot-two, 225-pound Franklin, who Toronto acquired in the off-season from the Edmonton Eskimos. Franklin has completed 92-of-141 passes so far for 967 yards with more interceptions (six) than touchdown passes (one).
Franklin was 20-of-31 passing for 236 yards with three interceptions in Toronto’s 40-14 road loss to Winnipeg on Friday night. The Blue Bombers outscored the Argos 78-34 in sweeping the home-and-home series.
Franklin and Bethel-Thompson battled for the backup job behind Ray during training camp.