Redblacks rolling with Will Arndt as the starting quarterback

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The Ottawa Redblacks are sticking with Will Arndt as their starting quarterback.

Arndt made his first career start against the Toronto Argonauts in a loss during Week 18.

“Most importantly just from our offensive players in the huddle, I think they were really comfortable with him and they believed he could get the job done. That’s really the No. 1 thing for a quarterback, he’s gotta have the belief of the team that he can get it done,” head coach Rick Campbell said on TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa.

“He shows a lot promise. He wanted a couple throws back, but I thought he had a lot of poise. I like his demeanor, he’s very steady and very focused on the game.”

Arndt completed 28-of-42 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns against three interceptions. He set Western Connecticut State University records for passing which included: most passing yards in a career (7,940); total offensive yards (9,248); passing touchdowns (73) and total touchdowns (91).

Ottawa originally signed Arndt in September 2017. He spent the entire 2018 season as a backup behind Trevor Harris without taking a snap in-game. For parts of three seasons Arndt has been developing in the nation’s capital.

“We’ll start him again this week, give him another shot at it. We’ll let Will have at it again and see how it goes,” Campbell said.

“He’s getting an opportunity. If you ever get an opportunity you want to make the most of it. No [future] decisions have to made. These next three-to-five weeks over here with the Redblacks a lot of stuff needs to be decided.”