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Have BC Lions found their no. 2 QB in Jon Jennings?

It is a year of change in British Columbia. Jeff Tedford is the new head coach of the BC Lions, George Cortez is the new offensive coordinator and *half* of the 46-man roster in 2015 could be new players.

The unquestionably biggest question of all in BC surrounds Travis Lulay and the quarterback position. Lulay, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2011, has had a rough go over the last few years. He has suffered *three* injuries to his throwing shoulder since the beginning of the 2013 season and no one knows if he will be one hundred per cent to start BC’s season opener against Ottawa on July 4th.

John Beck was slated to be Lulay’s primary backup but a viral infection set him back before training camp. That leaves the Lions’ backup position wide open.

22-year-old Jonathon Jennings made his CFL debut Friday night against the Calgary Stampeders in preseason action. Things started off well when Jennings connected with comeback story Terence Jeffers-Harris for a 62-yard gain. Jennings finished his day going 5 for 11 with 116 yards in the air as BC fell to Calgary 20-6.

On paper, his game stats don’t look too flashy but Jennings really showed some potential. He was poised and confident in the pocket and he showed some accuracy when throwing on the run. He threw for 10,710 yards with Saginaw Valley State so this kid knows a thing or two about throwing a football – and who knows? BC might need him to start come July 4th.

– written by Travis Currah