I am interested to know who I should be keeping an eye out for this CFL season? Who has turned heads this preseason and made your team's roster? I'll start this off:
While you won't see him this week unless disaster strikes twice, QB Travis Lulay is a player you're going to hear about, if not this year, then next year for sure. Trust Wally Buono to uncover another gem at quarterback. Despite setting passing records at Montana State and rushing for 611 yards in his senior year, I was a little skeptical. He had been on Seattle's practice roster 3 times, and played in NFL Europe. Then I read he was coming back from shoulder surgery, combined with the fact that we're pretty deep at quarterback, and let's just say that I wasn't too excited.
'Til I saw him play.
The field vision. The composure. The arm. He was completing passes left and right in the team's intra-squad scrimmage. The big test came in preseason, and Lulay passed with flyer colors. In fact, one could argue that he was our best quarterback - 14 of 21 for 227 yards and 2 touchdown passes (even though he played against 2nd and 3rd stringers in the 4th quarter of both games). Still, he marched the club all the way down the field in Calgary and narrowly missed throwing the game-tying TD on the game's final play.
How impressed were the Lions coaching staff in the 25 year-old? Well, despite a pronouncement early on that they'd only carry 3 quarterbacks and were high on Zac Champion to begin with, Wally changed his mind and is now carrying all 4 (with Lulay quietly annointed #3).
It's nice to see fresh, exciting talent in this league, especially at quarterback.