Sources confirm there are no depth chart mind games going on and Buckley will lead Calgary’s offence in Week 20. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit McMahon Stadium to provide the opposition for the Stamps on Friday night.
Buckley was drafted in the seventh round, 62nd overall in the 2015 CFL draft. He returned for his final year of eligibility at the University of Calgary that year and won a second straight Hec Crighton Trophy. He played in two games completing 1-of-2 passes for 13 yards while rushing 27 times for 49 yards and eight touchdowns as Calgary’s short-yardage quarterback in 2016.
The 24-year-old beat out Mitchell Gale, who has CFL experience, and former NFL pivot Ricky Stanzi for the backup role to Bo Levi Mitchell coming out of training camp in 2017. He’s seen action in fives games connecting on 19-of-24 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown, including a perfect 10-for-10, 106-yard, one touchdown performance in extensive action against Hamilton in Week 6. Buckley continues to handle quarterback sneak situations for Calgary with 26 carries for 96 yards and three touchdowns.
Buckley will become the second Canadian quarterback to start a game in 2017, joining Saskatchewan Roughriders pivot Brandon Bridge. The Riders signal caller completed 21-of-31 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-19 win over the Ticats in Week 13.
Buckley will look to keep that undefeated Canuck QB record going.