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REDBLACKS announce Trevor Harris to start in Week 10

OTTAWA — The Ottawa REDBLACKS have announced that Trevor Harris will be their starting quarterback on Thursday when they take on the BC Lions.

Harris took first-team reps in practice on Sunday after returning from injuries sustained during a Week 5 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The news comes two days after a 43-19 loss to the Montreal Alouettes:

A 30-year-old native of Waldo, Ohio, Harris signed with Ottawa as a free agent in the off-season after a breakout campaign in 2015 with the Toronto Argonauts in which he led the CFL with 33 touchdowns.

While initially the backup to Henry Burris, last year’s Most Outstanding Player, Harris took the reins when Burris suffered a pinky injury on his throwing hand during the season-opener against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Harris led Ottawa to a thrilling overtime win in Week 1 and has since helped the REDBLACKS become the league’s number one-ranked offence. He enters Thursday’s contest with 1,499 passing yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception while completing 82 per cent of his passes.

Despite losing three of its last four, Ottawa holds top spot in the East with a 4-3-1 record.