Former Grizzly QB Jordan Johnson Signs With Ottawa Redblacks Of CFL [YouTube]
As a Montana Grizzly, quarterback Jordan Johnson passed for over 8,600 yards and 78 touchdowns. Now he'll be playing up north in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Redblacks.
Assistant General Manager for the Redblacks, Brock Sunderland, himself a former Grizzly, said Johnson's skill set, intelligence and experience are a perfect fit for the pass-first Canadian Football :League.
"We're getting a very exciting player in Jordan Johnson," Sunderland said. "Jordan won a lot of football games. The first thing you look at with a quarterback are the wins and losses and he certainly checks the boxes there. He has good height, he's athletic, he has good arm talent, and by that I mean he can drive the ball with velocity and he also has the ability to feather the ball with touch, and he has the cerebral ability to know when to do both. And, he has outstanding pocket presence."
Sunderland said Johnson first showed up on his radar when he three for six touchdowns against Weber State, and has had his eye on the talented quarterback from Eugene, Oregon ever since.
"We've had him on our negotiation list since June of 2013, meaning a way for us to own a player's rights who is not a Canadian," he said. "His agent, Chris Gittings, out of Helena and I have a long history. I reached out to Chris and basically said I think Jordan's a guy who can come up here and play pretty well for us, and would he have an interest."
Training camp for the Redblacks gets underway on May 31.
(Other photos featured in YouTube video are courtesy of Mike Bashor, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and University of Montana)