Argos bench James Franklin, turn to McLeod Bethel-Thompson as starting QB

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.

Bethel-Thompson, 29, is in his second season with Toronto but will make his first CFL start versus Ottawa.



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