Drew Tate to be named Lions QB coach

The B.C. Lion ares to set to name Drew Tate as quarterbacks coach.

Tate recently retired from the CFL after the Saskatchewan Roughriders convinced him to come out of retirement in November. He had been working this season as a defensive analyst at Coastal Carolina University.

Tate’s stepfather Dick Olin is a legendary Texas high school football coach and the Iowa University product has said he wanted to coach once his playing career came to a close.

For seven seasons, Tate and new Lions head coach DeVone Claybrooks were members of the Calgary Stampeders organization together.

The 34-year-old appeared in 18 games for Ottawa in 2017 as the backup to Trevor Harris, making one start. He completed 30 passes on 43 attempts for 338 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. The Redblacks released Tate in February.

Tate spent two years on the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster before signing with the Stampeders in 2009 and playing eight seasons in Calgary. He won two Grey Cup championships on his career with 410 completions on 615 attempts (66 per cent completion rate) for 5,008 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while adding 162 carries for 629 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Tate is seen as an intriguing prospect in coaching circles.

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