QB Jonathon Jennings to start for Redblacks against Bombers

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There is a quarterback change happening in Ottawa, but perhaps more due to injury than performance.

Ottawa has lost two straight games after opening the season with a pair of wins, evening their record at 2-2. Dominique Davis has consecutive games – three out of four overall – with more interceptions than touchdown passes. Through four starts Davis is completing 66 per cent of his passes for 1,132 yards with three majors versus seven interceptions plus 15 carries for 76 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

“There is a lot to be hopeful for with Dom. He’s got all the physical tools. When we’ve had a couple of tough games he’s proving to me he’s got the right mindset. He’s tough, he’s competitive, the guy’s started four games in his career, I just think there’s so much upside.” Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell said on TSN radio 1200 in Ottawa Monday.

“Dom’s actually doing some really good things, but when you’re functioning higher across the board as a team all of a sudden sometimes the mistakes get covered up because other people are making plays.”

The Redblacks have made a switch to Jennings, who has lots of starting experience. He didn’t enter the game against Winnipeg or Montreal as Ottawa stuck with Davis.

“I don’t ever want to make change for the sake of change. The No. 1 rule I always go back to is what helps the team the best as far as giving us the best chance to win – whatever decision that is,” Campbell said.

“I always try to go back to that, so we’ll always try to do what gives us the best chance to win. I know we’ve lost a couple games and Dom, because he’s the quarterback, is a focal point.”

It’s the first time in Davis’ career that he’s won the starting role at the pro level. Jennings signed with the Redblacks after deciding between Ottawa and Toronto.

“I’ve always said it takes two quarterbacks to get in done. And that’s happened here in the past with guys like Trevor [Harris] and Henry [Burris], it took them both to get it done,” Campbell said.

“We’re high on Jonathon too. He’s had a great attitude. We have two guys we’re capable of winning with.”

Next for Ottawa is a road trip to The Peg for a meeting in Week 6 against the Bombers and Jennings will be behind centre for the Redblacks.