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2012 BC Lions training camp: Quarterback club

Who is the understudy?

BC Lions fans have experienced their fair share of drama at the pivot spot over the last decade.

With the revolving door of issues circulating between Dave Dickenson, Casey Printers (who regardless of his multiple meltdowns and departures still ranks among my personal all time favorites), Jarious Jackson and the current M.O.P. / Grey Cup Champion, Travis Lulay.

While previous years have led to the question of who would start, this season the focus is on who will be the first QB off the bench, should Lulay need a rest or fial to match the succcess of last season.

Heading into training camp, the Lions will see a number of quarterbacks take the field in Kamloops looking to secure a spot on the game day roster in June.

Locked into a new extension, Lulay will return to his starting spot in the pocket, looking to get the club off to a better start and equal finish to the 2011 season.

ODDS MAKERS:

Mike Reilly (1st and Goal)

Reilly was the third QB on the depth chart last season will be given every opportunity to step up into the vacancy left by Jackson’s departure.  In two years with the Leos, Reilly saw limited field time, connecting on only one of two attempts.

Mike Reilly

Reilly was the third QB on the depth chart last season

Corey Leonard (2nd and 10)

Will be given a second chance to make a first impression to Coach Mike Benevides, as he spent last season on the injured list after being signed as a free agent last April.

Jordan Yantz (3rd and long, bring in Paul McCallum)

Yantz will also make the trip up to the Okanagan with sights set on making the Lions final roster when the team returns to BC Place on June 29th to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

At only 22 years of age, Yantz has captured the eye of many CFL front offices as the top Canadian born quarterback youngster to come along in many years.

Thomas DeMarco (Hail Mary)

A rookie from Old Dominion University, who at 5’10”, immediately brings back memories of Doug Flutie, Demarco will likely be one of the first to receive his walking papers.

Unlike the goalie graveyard that is often described as the Vancouver Canucks goaltending roster, the present and future of the quarterback position for the BC Lions looks to be in good hands.

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