WINNIPEG — Coming off his fifth and final year of eligibility with the Manitoba Bisons, to say quarterback Jordan Yantz had an outstanding run would be an incredible understatement.
The Regina native would have liked to have seen a trip to the Vanier Cup this weekend, but falling short to the Montreal Carabins in last Saturday’s Uteck Bowl closed the curtain on those aspirations.
Yantz went 22-35 for 320 passing yards with two passing touchdowns in the CIS semi-final, while also accumulating 61 rushing yards, including a 10-yard TD run at the end of the second quarter.
Now looking forward, the former Vancouver Island Raiders player is hoping to get picked up by the CFL in the May draft.
“It’s not going to come easy,” Yantz said. “It’s going to come with hard work and dedication to the sport, and that’s something I’ve been working hard on.”
Bisons’ assistant coach and defensive coordinator, Stan Pierre, says a team will have to specifically craft a Canadian for a quarterback position if Yantz hopes to continue his post-Bison career in the big leagues.
“He’s certainly talented enough,” Pierre said. “The only way that’s ever going to happen (getting drafted) is somebody’s going to have to just commit to developing a Canadian.”
Yantz attended Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ training camp last spring, making an impression on head coach Mike O’Shea and the rest of the club.
For now, Yantz plans to continue training and finishing up his studies at the U of M.
“I was nothing but honoured to be part of a brotherhood like we had this year,” Yantz added. “It was something special to be a part of and something I’m going to be proud of for the rest of my life.”