Redblacks bench Burris, name Harris the starter

The Ottawa Redblacks have named Trevor Harris as their starting quarterback for Thursday’s game against the B.C. Lions.

He’ll replace Henry Burris who began 2016 as the starter, missed five games with a finger injury, and is now being relegated to the bench after winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award just last season. Burris was 21 for 31 for 322 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in last Friday’s 43-19 home loss to the Montreal Alouettes and has six touchdown passes and five interceptions in four starts this season. The Redblacks are 2-2 in those games.

Harris will return after missing three games with a leg injury. He was spectacular taking over from Burris during the season-opener, throwing nine touchdown passes against just a single interception, leading the Redblacks to a 3-1-1 record and earning the nod as one of the league’s top performers in July.

Burris has fired back against his critics this season – including an entertaining in-game tirade against the TSN panel – but says he’ll support Harris as the starter.

The move also represents a change of heart by Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell, who has insisted that Burris was the team’s starting quarterback.

“Henry’s our guy,” Campbell said in a May interview. “He’s the guy. They both know that.”

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