Jake Maier becomes first CFL QB ever to throw for 300 yards in first three career starts

Photo courtesy: David Moll/Calgary Stampeders

Rookie quarterback Jake Maier set a new CFL record — and he did so just one month into his career as a professional football player.

League statistician Steve Daniel determined that Maier is the first quarterback in CFL history to throw for over 300 yards in each of his first three starts. It’s a remarkable accomplishment considering the number of elite passers that have played in the league over the course of its long history.

Maier became Calgary’s starting quarterback in Week 3 after it was discovered that Bo Levi Mitchell had suffered a fractured fibula. It was a surprise decision at the time given that Canadian quarterback Michael O’Connor had dressed as Mitchell’s backup in the first two games of the season.

The UC Davis product has completed 75-of-114 pass attempts for 939 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions through three games this season. Calgary has a 1-2 record in those games, though that hasn’t been due to the lack of a passing game.

It’s likely that Mitchell will return to the starting lineup on Saturday when the Stampeders visit the Edmonton Elks, but the team can rest easy knowing they have a highly-capable backup behind the two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player.