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Jones returns to Leos fold as offensive co-ordinator 0

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

B.C. Lions’ running back Andrew Harris celebrates his touchdown against the Calgary Stampeders last Saturday. With the win, the Leos clinched a playoff spot. (Reuters)

B.C. Lions’ running back Andrew Harris celebrates his touchdown against the Calgary Stampeders last Saturday. With the win, the Leos clinched a playoff spot. (Reuters)

The B.C. Lions have found their offensive co-ordinator.

On Monday, the club announced the appointment of Khari Jones to the new role, replacing Jacques Chapdelaine who left the Leos by mutual agreement last month.

The former CFL pivot broke into the league with B.C. in 1997 and spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

He played a pivotal role in working with ‘Riders QB Darian Durant who led the CFL with 31 touchdown passes this year and the team to their fourth Grey Cup win.

Prior to that, Jones was the offensive co-ordinator with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in his first coaching job.

“It’s an honour to return to the same organization that gave me an opportunity to play in this great league many years ago,” the 42-year-old Indiana native said in a statement. “There is a tremendous nucleus of great offensive players here led by Travis Lulay, who I believe is one of the elite quarterbacks in our league. I’m elated to be working with (head coach Mike Benevides) as well as everyone on the offensive staff and I can’t wait to get started on building a champion in B.C.”

Jones' best playing days came with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he spent five seasons starting from 2000. He set several team records and had four consecutive seasons throwing for 3,000 yards or more.

“Khari is a young, fresh football mind,” Benevides said. “After a number of conversations with Khari over the past couple of weeks, I am very excited about his positive approach to the game, the offensive concepts he will bring to our offence and how they will translate on the field.”

 

 

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