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Argos get bigger and faster with draft

April 28, 2004 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Toronto Argonauts News Release

Toronto, ON – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is pleased to announce that Mark Moroz (Wake Forrest), Jean-Fredric Tremblay (Laval), Frank Hoffman (York), Mike Mahoney (McGill) and Brendan Mahoney (Simon Fraser) have been selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the 2004 CFL Canadian Draft.

Mark Moroz, Offensive Guard from Wake Forrest, was the Argos’ first pick (4th Overall) in the 2004 CFL Canadian Draft. Moroz played high school football just a few hours drive south of Toronto in Welland, Ontario. Following his tenure at Notre Dame high school, the towering 6”4 lineman had an outstanding career as a Deacon. He received honourable mention in every game he played in 2002 and has been described by his former coaches as, “the most complete player on the line. Very aggressive, tough and smart. He’s a former tight end who is very fast for a tackle and willing to learn, Moroz is very coachable.“ Moroz majored in Sociology and is musically talented, playing both the piano and saxophone.

Jean-Frédéric Tremblay was selected with the 7th Pick Overall in the Draft. The Argonauts acquired the pick in a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with a 3rd Round Pick in the 2005 Canadian Draft and the rights to a negotiation list player in exchange for OG Cory Annett and FB Randy Bowles. The University of Laval receiver turned in the fastest 40-yard time, a speedy 4.41 seconds at the 2004 CFL Evaluation Camp and is coming off a career season that saw him win the 2003 Vanier Cup Championship with the Rouge et Or. Tremblay was named the 2000 CIS Rookie of the Year, and was selected to the Quebec Conference all-star team at receiver in both 2000 and 2003. Tremblay holds several Laval records including most catches in a season (54) and most receiving yards in a season (853), both achieved in 2003.

The enormous Defensive Lineman, Frank Hoffman, was selected by the Argos in the 4th Round, 30th Overall, in the Canadian Draft. Hoffman is of particular interest to the Argos since he grew up in Toronto, specifically in Etobicoke, Ontario. Hoffman began his university career at Temple University before he transferred to York in 2001. In 2002, the 6’4”, 265 lb. specimen recorded 14 tackles, one assist and one quarterback sack. His 2003 season was crowned when he was named to participate in the annual East-West Bowl game in Waterloo, Ontario.

Mike Mahoney, selected in the 5th Round (39th Overall), was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and made the step to McGill University in Montreal following his senior year at Dr. Martin Leboldus High School. The Labour Relations major attended this year’s CFL Evaluation Camp in Ottawa and has obviously captured the attention of the scouting staff in Toronto. In 2002, Mahoney was recognized as the most outstanding defensive player in the QIFC (nominee for President's Trophy) and was named as a QIFC all-star at middle linebacker in both 2001 and 2002.

Brendan Mahoney, selected in the 6th Round (48th Overall), grew up in Cochrane, Alberta, and has only known one rivalry in his lifetime, the Battle of Alberta between Edmonton and Calgary. Now it’s time for Brendan to learn about the Battle of Southern Ontario, the hard way. Mike was named a 2003 CIS All-Canadian after leading Canada West in catches (69), reception yards (1344), yards per catch (19.5), receiving yards per game (122) and touchdown receptions (13).

Commented Toronto Argonauts’ Director of Player Personnel Greg Mohns, “We were extremely happy with the way the draft unfolded. We were able to draft 4 of the top 12 players that we rated. We addressed some needs with the offensive line with Moroz who can play both Offensive Guard and Centre, giving us a good inside Canadian player. With Tremblay, we have a speed receiver who will complement Michael Palmer and Andre Talbot. On the flipside, we have a bigger slotback in Brendan Mahoney. We are thrilled to get Frank Hoffman who we didn’t anticipate would still be there in the fourth round, addressing the need for depth at Canadian nosetackle. Mike Mahoney was rated higher for us and we were astounded to get him in the fifth round so we gobbled him up, similar to the Ray Mariuz situation last year.”

The Toronto Argonauts are North America's oldest professional football club, having celebrated their 130th anniversary in 2003. The Toronto Argonauts have 14 Grey Cup championships to their credit. Full roster details are available at www.argonauts.ca. Season ticket hotline: (416) 341-ARGO.


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