ANDREW BUCKLEY QB Calgary Dinos The scars of losing in the Canada West final haven’t healed quite yet, but winning two of Canadian university football’s biggest individual awards should help soothe the pain.
University of Calgary Dinos quarterback Andrew Buckley was chosen as the winner of the Hec Crighton Award for being the outstanding player in CIS football on Thursday night at the All-Canadian Gala in Montreal.
Then, the Dinos quarterback doubled up on the hardware, collecting the Russ Jackson Award, which rewards excellence in football, academics and citizenship.
He’s the first player ever to win both awards in the same season, and it wasn’t a bad way to cap off an extraordinary year — even if it doesn’t quite make up for his program’s 27-15 loss to the Manitoba Bisons two weeks ago in the Hardy Cup. >>>>> Every year a couple of quarterbacks come out to the CFL combine to serve as the guys who throw the balls to the receivers and hand them off to running backs. They’re basically invisible to the scouts on hand.
There is talk around the CFL that Jordan Yantz could be the Canadian quarterback who breaks that trend this year.
The University of Manitoba Bisons quarterback will be one of two pivots taking part in this weekend’s CFL combine in Toronto, and he can’t wait to prove he can play the position like his American counterparts.
“I’m putting everything I’ve worked for my entire life into this weekend,” Yantz said Wednesday. “Being a Canadian quarterback, I’m honoured to get this opportunity, because how Canadian quarterbacks are evaluated at the next level is very tough and I’m honoured to be one of the two guys who gets invited to this combine and get a chance.
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