December 21, 2012 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Montreal Alouettes
Montreal, December 21, 2012 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the team has signed non-import quarterback Kyle Quinlan to a new three-year deal.
Quinlan (6'3, 215 lbs.) played in his second-straight national title game after leading the McMaster Marauders to the 48th Vanier Cup final at Rogers Centre against the Laval Rouge et Or in his final game in the collegiate ranks. For his stellar play this past season, the fifth-year CIS quarterback won the Hec Crighton Trophy at the CFL Player Awards, a prize given to the top player in Canadian university football. He also won the 2011 Vanier Cup championship, while being named the game's MVP following his remarkable performance.
"Kyle is deserving of a legitimate chance, and we will give that to him," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "His skill set is intriguing to continue to develop and we look forward to him coming to the Alouettes and competing for a job in training camp".
The 23-year-old native of South Woodslee, ON attended CFL training camps with Montreal in 2012 and with Hamilton in 2011. Under the tutelage of head coach Marc Trestman and pro football's all-time passing yards leader Anthony Calvillo, Quinlan took a few snaps, completing two of his four pass attempts for 45 yards, in Montreal's second preseason game against Toronto on June 19.
In 2012, Quinlan led McMaster to an 8-0 regular season record, while tossing 19 touchdowns against only two interceptions. He finished second in the country in passing yards per game (307.1), third in total passing yards (2,407) and second in completion percentage, while establishing a new single-season OUA record with 68.9. Quinlan also led all pivots with seven rushing scores and tied for the CIS lead among quarterbacks with 550 rushing yards.