It's been a while since we've given any love to the former Bulls playing football up north in Canada, and seeing as the Grey Cup playoffs are starting soon, now's a great time to recap how some former Bulls have done this season.
Drew Willy, QB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Former UB great Drew Willy's first season starting for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was by all accounts, a success. Willy started 17 of the club's 18 games, guiding the Bombers to a 7-10 record; he also finished 4th in the CFL in passing, completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,796 yards and 14 touchdowns.
While the Blue Bombers ultimately failed to secure a playoff berth, Willy provided stability at the quarterback for the Blue Bombers and led the 4th-ranked offensive attack in the CFL. And for his efforts, Willy was awarded the Blue Bombers' Most Outstanding Player Award.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today the team winners for the 2014 CFL Player Awards. Players were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the CFL head coaches.
First year starting quarterback, Drew Willy, was named the club's Most Outstanding Player. Willy started 17 of 18 games, missing one due to injury, and currently sits second in the CFL in passing yardage with 3,769. Willy threw 14 touchdown passes, while being the club's leader both on and off the field.
Willy consistently put the Winnipeg offense on his back and led several harrowing, late game come-from-behind victories, a throwback to his days in a UB uniform. He was also named CFL Offensive Player of the Week Twice, and has really become the face of the
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Sadly, Winnipeg's season is over, playing their last game on Novermber 1st, defeating the Calgary Stampeders by a score of 18-13. Willy finished 4-10 for 22 yards before being relieved by backup quarterback Robert Marve.
Ernest Jackson, WR, BC Lions
Former UB receiver Ernest Jackson has emerged as one of the top receiving threats in the CFL for the BC Lions. He finished 9th in the CFL and 2nd on the Lions with 49 receptions for 813 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jackson has really exploded in has last 4 games, with the two highlight games coming against Ottawa and Winnipeg where he tallied 195 and 149 yards respectively, and a touchdown in each contest. For his efforts, Jackson was named the CFL Offensive Player of the Month, for the month of October.
Jackson has overcome being cut once before by the Lions, to make an impression on the coaching staff and cement himself as one of the top dogs in BC. He has helped solidify the CFL's 3rd ranked passing attack, and led the Lions to a 9-9 record, which was good for one of the final two spots in the Grey Cup playoff.
BC opens up playoff action on the road at the Montreal Alouettes this Sunday, November 16th, kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM.
Natey Adjei, WR, Toronto Argonauts
In his first season in the CFL after being taken in the 3rd round of the CFL draft, former UB receiver Natey Adjei only tallied 5 receptions for 61 yards for the Toronto Argonauts. It was a fairly quiet season for the former Bull, but his production should increase in the future as he is further integrated into the Argonauts' offense. Adjei's season has come to a close as the Argonauts finished with an 8-10 record, barely missing out on a playoff spot.
Congratulations to Drew Willy, and Natey Adjei for completing their CFL seasons, and good luck to Ernest Jackson who begins his quest for a Grey Cup this weekend!