Lions look to not get stung by rookie QB again 0
Josh Neiswander of the Montreal Alouettes. (QMI AGENCY)
This is the dawning of the age of CFL apprenticeship.
And the B.C. Lions have certainly faced their share of them at the quarterback position — with mixed results.
In week one, the Leos went back east to face Ricky Ray, but as fate would have it Ray was deemed a no-go for the game and the Lions got a crack at an inexperienced pivot named Zach Collaros. His stat line that night would have been tough to top even if Ray was healthy enough to start.
Enter the hapless Winnipeg Blue Bombers and their quarterback carousel.
Bombers coach Tim Burke decided to give the ball to Justin Goltz. The rookie was as flat as the province he flew in from and the Lions D ate him alive.
So here we are getting ready to watch the Lions take on yet another CFL fresh face in Josh Neiswander.
But here's the catch. If the Montreal rookie replacing the injured Anthony Calvillo (concussion) fails to thrive, GM and interim coach Jim Popp says he won't hesitate to put an even fresher face in the game in Tanner Marsh.
Granted, the league has had its fair share of success stories with backups stepping in this season. The Stampeders’ Bo Levi Mitchell, the Riders’ Drew Willy, and the aforementioned Collaros of the Argos, all look like future starters in this league.
The only question that remains is by the time the final gun sounds tonight, which category will the apprentices with the Montreal Alouettes belong to?