Canadian quarterbacks have been a thing lately, what with Brandon Bridge trying to convince the commissioner they should count as national starters and Michael O’Connor getting drafted and Nathan Rourke killing it at Ohio University.
But Adam Sinagra is about to make yet another argument to give Canadian quarterbacks a chance in the CFL by laying waste to USports this season. Again.
Sinagra threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in leading the West to a 35-17 victory over the East on Saturday in the U Sports East-West Bowl. The game is supposed to be a showcase for U Sports players as they head into their draft year but for Sinagra, it feels like a continuation of the case he made all of last season.
Ready for his stupid 2018 numbers? 3,233 passing yards to set a new U Sports record an average – average – of 570.9 yards per game. He had 23 touchdowns (second in the country) and led Canada West with a passer rating of 126.0. The Dinos went 8-0 in the regular season.
And he has two more years of eligibility remaining if he chooses, where he’ll be coached by Hec Crighton-winning quarterbacks Erik Glavic (2007) and Andrew Buckley (2014 and 2015.)
As for the rest of the East-West Bowl, Manitoba quarterback Des Catellier was 13 of 17 with a touchdown and two interceptions, while receivers Kian Schaffer-Baker of Guelph, Macho Bockru of Manitoba and Tyler Ternowski of Waterloo had touchdown catches. Waterloo’s Dion Pellerin and York’s Kayden Johnson added rushing touchdowns. Acadia quarterback Hunter Guenard threw for 146 yards and a TD and an interception for the East team.
That’s all very nice. But Adam Sinagra just made a compelling opening statement that he will be the U Sports season’s most compelling storyline. And then we’ll see what comes next.