CIS PREVIEWS: Top 5 Quarterbacks

CFC will publishing a series of previews on CIS FOOTBALL that will project who the top teams and players will be as well as who the top surprises will be.  

We believe we are entering the Golden age of QB’s in CIS football. Ten years ago, many CIS QB’s did not break the 2000 yd. barrier very often. Over the last few years, 2000 yds. has become a common number. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 QB’s in the CIS this season.

 5 – Hugo Richard, Laval Rouge et Or

Hugo had one of the best freshman seasons of any QB in the history of the CIS. He won Rookie of the Year and could have possibly won the HEC as a freshman. However, Hugo will not be evaluated by stats or individual awards, he will be evaluated by how many National Championships he wins during his time at Laval. He will play behind dominating offensive lines and be surrounded by some of the best skill players in QC and Canada so there is no reason why, in the near future, he won’t be the #1 QB on this list.

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4 – Jeremi-Doyon Roch, Sherbrooke Vert et Or

Jeremi has routinely led the RSEQ in passing categories for most of the last 4 seasons. He has been an All-Conference performer who has led his team into the playoffs in each of his seasons at Sherbrooke. He has done it with little help around him. Once again, Jeremi passed for over 2000 yds. By the time he completes his senior year, he’ll be one of the all time leading passers in CIS history.

3 – Will Finch, Western Mustangs

Probably one of the most recruited QB’s in the history of the CIS, he has all the physical tools and has exceeded at every level. If not for injuries and/or health issues, We believe his first 2 seasons in the CIS would have ended differently. However, Will still completed 67% of his passes for 1700 yds. with 14 TD’s and only 7 INT’s. He missed one regular season game and the playoffs; however, he still put up solid numbers. Will probably played the least out of all the QB’s on this list. Most games he played in were over at half time and he was sitting on the bench somewhere in the middle of the 3rd quarter.

2 – Gabriel Cousineau, Montreal Carabins

We know a lot of people would expect other QB’s such as Will Finch or Hugo Richard to fill the #2 spot, but it’s difficult to overlook 2300 yds. passing and a 72% completion along with 14 TD passes and only 3 INT. As well, he beat Laval, in Laval and went on to win a National Championship. The reality is this young man competes against Laval 3 times a year and still puts up the stats that he did. If Andrew Buckley weren’t a returning HEC winner, we would put Cousineau as #1.

1 – Andrew Buckley, Calgary Dinos

­­­­­­Andrew won the HEC and the Russ Jackson in 2014. He completed 64% of his passes for 2175 yds. with 18 TD’s and 4 INT’s. He also rushed for 510 yds. averaging 10+ yds. per carry and 10 TD’s on the ground. Andrew has had an outstanding career at UofC and has the potential to have an even better season in 2015. We think it’s important to mention that because Calgary has been so dominant, there were many games that Andrew sat down most of the 4th quarter.








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