Toronto Argonauts





 Cleo Lemon - Quarterback -2010-11- Arkansas State


Lemon, who played in 42 games during his four years at Arkansas State, is the school's all-time passing leader with 7,706 yards. He also averaged the most yards per game in school history (178.3) and was the only one to pass for more than 400 yards in a game (403). Cleo was not drafted by the NFL and signed as a free agent with Baltimore in 2002.

Lemon had NFL experience as both a starter and backup. His raw athleticism and ability landed him jobs with the Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. He's completed 211 of 379 career NFL regular season passes for 2,702 yards, and 8 touchdowns. The bulk of his experience was gained with the Miami Dolphins where he spent three years and started nine of 27 games. He was the quarterback for Miami in their only win of the 2007 season.

Lemon signed with the Argonauts ahead of training camp in 2010. He beat out a number of competitors in camp to be named the clubs starter for the 2010 season. The club went 9-9 under Lemon in 2010 as he teamed with Cory Boyd as the core of the clubs offence. He showed signs of progress however it was the clubs timely defence and Boyd’s running that led them to their .500 record. Cleo was in control for the clubs playoff victory over Hamilton in the Eastern Semi-Final at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Argos would fall easily to Montreal in the Eastern Final the next week.

His overall regular-season record was 11-14, and he completed 430 of 680 passes, 63.2 per cent, for 5,069 yards with 22 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

The Toronto Argonauts released quarterback Cleo Lemon on September 6, 2011 after a half-time blow-up after being pulled from a game versus B.C. He was 2-6 as a starter in 2011.

Head coach and general manager Jim Barker refused to discuss specifics of why the decision was made or when it took place. Asked whether Lemon quit rather than being cut, Barker would only answer: “We’ve parted ways.”

Players found out about the move when they arrived for practice Tuesday morning and found Lemon’s locker cleared out.

“I was definitely surprised. I think everybody in that locker room was surprised,” receiver Jeremaine Copeland said. “There’s a lot of stuff that went on that I didn’t even know about. I’m pretty sure there is something that went on on the inside that I didn’t know about, something nobody on the team probably knows about.”

Lemon had been pulled half-way through last Friday’s loss to the Lions, having completed 11 of 15 passes for just 57 yards (the receivers also had three drops). He was seen standing alone on the sideline, not communicating much with backup Dalton Bell, who took his place, throwing four interceptions.

Lemon left after the game without speaking to media.

Barker admitted he had felt Lemon was progressing in the Canadian game but would not elaborate on the reasons for the release.
“I’m sad the way it went down, but every man is entitled to his own decision making,” receiver/kick returner Chad Owens said.


-- statistics --



Cleo Lemon   Arkansas State    
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
2010 Tor 462 285 3,433 61.7 15 19 66
2011 Tor 218 145 1,636 66.5 7 4 69
Total 2 680 430 5,069 63.2 22 23 69


Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2010 Tor 39 274 7.0 22 3
2011 Tor 12 102 8.5 19 2
Total 2 51 376 7.4 22 5


-- NFL --



Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
2006 Mia 68 38 412 55.9 2 1 38
2007 Mia 309 173 1,773 56.0 6 6 64
2008 Jax 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Total 4 379 211 2,185 55.7 8 7 64


Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2006 Mia 3 7 2.3 6 0
2007 Mia 31 102 3.3 11 4
2008 Jax 2 -3 -1.5 -1 0
Total 4 36 106 2.9 11 4


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