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“Under The Dome” – B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay in the spotlight

It’s Lulay Time Now!

C’mon and roar you Lions roar
Thats what a Lions roar is for
From the mountains to the sea
You are the pride of all BC
RAH RAH!
So buckle down and play the game You’ll lead us on to football fame
We love the L
The I The O, N, S
C’mon and roar you Lions
Roar you Lions Roar you Lions roar
RAH RAH RAH!

For the better part of the first decade of the 2000′ s the BC Lions were embedded in quarterback controversy.

Dave Dickensen and Casey Printers kicked off the who should spotlight battle, which in the long run ended in favor of DD. In 2009, a seldom used Travis Lulay bid his time along the sidelines as the Lions went through no less than five QB’s during the season.

In 2010 following an injury to Printers, who returned for his second stint with the club, Lulay started nine games, finishing with a 4-5 record and after a Printers meltdown in a game that Lulay had in the bag, the red headed pivot from Aumsville Oregon was given the stamp of approval by then head coach Wally Buono as the starting QB for the 2011 season.

Unless you were living under a rock, or are not a fan of the CFL (which if you read my CFL/NFL comparison piece you are missing out!), you know exactly what Travis Lulay did with the Lions last year.  Turning a dreadful 0-5 start into a crazy eight game winning streak, a regular season 11-7 record and a Grey Cup.

His reward, other than being able to hoist the Albert Grey trophy over his head was a fresh new two year contract (one year plus option) and the nod by both Buono and new coach Mike Benevides that he would once again be the main pivot for the 2012 BC Lions.

Kicking off the 2012 season where he left 2011, Lulay has the Lions sitting the exact opposite of last year, undefeated in their first two starts (four if you include the preseason), with victories over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Travis Lulay

Unless you live under a rock you know exactly what Travis Lulay did with the Lions last year.

Last week on the night in which was highlighted by Geroy Simon‘s record breaking catch, Lulay connected on 68% of his 25 attempts and finished the night with one TD and one interception.

While his throwing numbers weren’t staggering, his personal rushing numbers impacted the scoreboard, tallying two visits to the end zone on eight carries.

Two weeks ago, Lulay’s numbers did not quite impact the scoreboard as much they did in the home and season opener as the team squeaked by the Tiger-Cats 39-36.

Throwing for just over 54% and 178 yards, Lulay did connect for two TD passes with Shawn Gore in the first half.  On the ground, Lulay managed to scamper for only 37 yards and did not find a route to the house for any points.

After two weeks under the dome….ok, last week they finally opened the roof, Lulay led his troops into Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon for a date with the Roughriders.

It was a rough game to lose. Lulay played decent though.

A 23/40 outing for 345 yards in the air, and 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s. He also had an impressive 3 carries for 58 yards.

On the season he’s now 57/96 for a 59.4%. He has 756 yards thru the air, 5 TD’s and 3 Int’s.

TRAVIS LULAY PROFILE:
Jersey:  #14
Position:  Quarterback
Height:  6″2
Weight:  216lbs
Birthdate:  September 27, 1983
Birthplace:  Salem, Oregon
Drafted:  Undrafted, signed as a free agent in 2009

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    I’m predicting another CFL MVP season for Lulay. He’ll get these guys back on track next week. Just watch.

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