In our latest #CFLPApoll, we asked you if we would see a Canadian QB take the gridiron to show us CFL fans what they’ve got in 2015. The resounding answer from you fans was that between the pre-season and the regular season, we should expect to see some National pivots line up behind center to try and earn a job in the Canadian Football League. Let’s see take a closer look at the reality of that statement:
Brandon Bridge – Hailing from the South Alabama Jaguars, this Mississauga, Ontario native certainly has the physical stature of a professional quarterback. Standing at 6’5”, and weighing in at a stout 235lbs, Brandon offers the Montreal Alouettes a very potent dual threat in his passing and rushing abilities. As a senior, Bridge completed 160 passes for 1,927 yards and a completion rate of 52.1%. Bridge threw for 15 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions as his squad closed the season with a 5-3 record in their home Sun Belt, and a 6-7 record overall. In this video Bridge put his talents on display as the Jaguars traveled to North Carolina to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers:
Andrew Buckley – Moving from the University of Calgary, to Calgary’s own Stampeders, Buckley is looking to carry over his collegiate success at the professional level this season. Buckley won the 2014 Hec Crighton Trophy as the top player in Canadian university football as he helped the University of Calgary become the first team in Canada West history to break the 5,000-mark in total offence. He had a 64.3 completion percentage, 2,175 passing yards and 18 touchdowns while throwing only four interceptions. Buckley also finished fifth in Canada West rushing with 510 yards, the most of any quarterback in the country. John Hufnagel, along with his offensive coordinator: Dave Dickenson, are in a unique position to assess Canadian talent at the quarterback position. With highlights like this, it’s hard to believe Andrew won’t get a shot this season.
Jordan Yantz – Much like Calgary, Winnipeg took their own shot at a home-town university pivot in the 6’1”, 213-pounder: Jordan Yantz. Playing his collegiate career with the University of Manitoba Bisons, Jordan threw for 2,474 yards and 25 touchdowns in only 8 games played this season. In fact, despite Andrew Buckley bringing home the bulk of the CIS awards in 2014, Jordan closed his season with the best Touchdown to Interception ratio in the CIS with 25 TD’s and only 6 interceptions. Check out the arm, and scramble skills that Jordan will be bringing to the Blue Bombers locker room this season:
Best of luck gentlemen! Do you your selves, your teams, and your country proud!