Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lions Ink Lulay To Extension

The BC Lions Football Club is pleased to announce that quarterback Travis Lulay has signed a long term contract extension with the team. The deal will keep Lulay in orange through the 2015 season.

“Heading into our organization’s 60th season, it gives me great comfort to be able to put the leadership of our club in the hands of Travis Lulay” said vice president of football operations and GM Wally Buono. “He is a champion, a gifted quarterback and an outstanding young man.”

Lulay comes off a 2012 campaign where he threw for 4,231 yards and 27 touchdowns on 346 completions as well as a second consecutive spot on the West Division All-Star squad; a feat accomplished just one other time in club history by the great Joe Kapp in 1963 and 1964. His back-to-back seasons of passing for 4,000+ yards has only been achieved twice previously by Damon Allen and Roy Dewalt.

The CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2011, Lulay has not only led the Lions to 27 wins in his 43 career starts, he has also proven to be a primary contributor in leading the Leos to consecutive seasons of increased win totals to a high of 13 last year following a Grey Cup title in 2011.

“As a head coach, you can’t ask for a better situation moving forward than having Travis Lulay under centre,” said Mike Benevides. “Long term stability and experience at the most important position on the field is paramount to our goal of winning championships.”

After just three full seasons, Lulay has already moved up to the number five position among all-time Lions passers with 11,972 yards to go along with 13 career 300-yard passing games. With a repeat of his results from last season, Travis can move as high as number three in 2013.

In 2012, Travis extended his consecutive game TD pass streak to 26 contests, giving him the second-longest such run in league history while his efficiency rating has gone from 84.9 in 2010 to a career-high of 100.7 last season, second-best among all CFL quarterbacks.

“To say I am excited about my future with the BC Lions would be an understatement,” said Lulay. “We have all the tools here to be competitive for a long time and the number one goal for me right now is doing everything I can to prepare for a championship season. Everyone in this organization, including coaches, teammates and staff as well as fans across the province have made my time here unforgettable and I know there are many more memories yet to come.”

(From BC Lions)

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