The University of Manitoba Bison football team signed a former Winnipeg Rifle to their roster on Thursday.
Ryan Marsch will get his start in the upcoming 2012 season and is considered one of the best junior quarterbacks in the country. The 20-year-old was named the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Most Outstanding Offensive Player last season, racking up 192 completions, 307 attempts, 3,030 yards passing and 31 TD passes.
The 6’1″, 205 lbs. quarterback played with the Rifles from 2009-11, and played for Sturgeon Heights Collegiate before that, where he was MVP in 2007 and Rookie of the Year in 2006.
“We want to win another national championship,” head coach Brian Dobie said. “When you’re able to bring on board the best player in the nation in Canadian junior football, you definitely up your ante.”
Marsch was recruited to the Bisons with the understanding he’d stay with the Herd for the next four years.
“It’s extremely significant,” Dobie added. “If you come out of junior (football league) and you’ve only got a couple years of eligibility left, it’s a tough fit. You have to impact immediately at the quarterback position. That’s just not going to work. But with Ryan… I think he made the absolutely best decision he could in terms of the time he’s coming into the CIS. He’s got four years left of eligibility remaining. I would have loved to have him even at three, but at four we can build with him. His best years will be in his second, third, fourth years. Those will be his real dynamite years. To have him come to us at this time, it’s perfect timing.”