Ticats HC June Jones: Manziel will have to beat out Masoli to start

Hamilton head coach June Jones says quarterback Johnny Manziel will have to beat out Jeremiah Masoli if he wants to be the Ticats’ starting quarterback.

Jones was a featured guest at the B’Nai Brith Celebrity Sports Dinner in Hamilton on Monday and addressed the Manziel situation as part of a question and answer session with host and Toronto Maple Leafs radio man Jim Ralph, who asked him about the Jan. 31 deadline imposed by Manziel’s agent to get a deal done.

“I don’t know that’s an official deadline but I think everybody knows how I feel about him, he’s a very talented guy,” Jones said. “We’ll see what happens. Hopefully, he’ll figure it out that this is where he needs to be. But I feel very strongly about Jeremiah Masoli, he’ll have to beat him out. I think we can win a Grey Cup with Jeremiah.”

Jones expanded on those thoughts in an interview with Jim Tatti and Louis B. show on TSN1150 earlier in the day.

“My comment about Johnny Manziel is this: I feel Jeremiah Masoli just kept getting better and better and better and really was the No. 1 quarterback in the last nine games of the season – nobody played better than him. He’s going to continue to get better, he’s just one of those guys.

“I know that he’s jacked up about finally getting to say, ‘Hey, I’m the guy.’ You know how I feel about Johnny and his talent, I’ve been quoted, but at the same time, he has to beat out Jeremiah Masoli and I’m going to tell you, that’s not going to be an easy task. 

“I think he has a tremendous upside and you can never have too many quarterbacks and if we do sign Johnny, it will be great to have two quarterbacks that can possibly take us to the top.”

Late Sunday night, Jones took to Twitter and teased that a decision on the 2012 Heisman winner was imminent.

Listen to the full interview with Jones on TSN radio here.