The B.C. Lions have signed American quarterbacks Vincent Testaverde Jr. and William Arndt.
The 23-year-old Testaverde Jr. attended 2019 training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and appeared in one pre-season contest against the Dallas Cowboys, completing four passes for 41 yards. He then joined the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers and was with them for mini-camp in December.
Testaverde Jr. started all eight games for the University at Albany Great Danes in 2018, passing for 1,174 yards and 11 touchdowns. He spent 2016 on the University of Miami Hurricanes practice squad after redshirting there in 2015. Testaverde Jr. began his college career in 2014 as a true freshman at Texas Tech University. In his lone appearance with the Red Raiders, Testaverde Jr. completed 15 passes for 126 yards.
His father was selected first overall in the 1987 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay and would go on to play 21 NFL seasons. Testaverde was a two-time Pro Bowl Selection (1996 and 1998) and led the New York Jets to the AFC Championship Game against Denver in January of 1999. He capped off his college career at Miami by winning the 1986 Heisman Trophy.
Arndt originally signed with the Ottawa RedBlacks in September of 2017 and dressed behind Trevor Harris and Dominique Davis for Ottawa’s run to the 2018 Grey Cup game. Arndt was named Redblacks starting quarterback for the final four games of 2019 and ended the season with 103 completions for 940 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions in seven total appearances.
Prior to turning pro, Arndt set multiple career school records at Western Connecticut State University including passing yards (7,940), total offence (9,248 yards), passing touchdowns (73), total touchdowns (91) and had the second-longest run in school history at 92 yards. Arndt was an eight-time Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Week and twice won the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award.
Both Testaverde Jr. and Arndt will compete for a backup spots behind Lions franchise quarterback Mike Reilly.