Brandon Bridge

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Brandon Bridge
No. 16     Saskatchewan Roughriders
Born: (1992-03-21) March 21, 1992 (age 26)
Toronto, Ontario
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusNational
Position(s)QB
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeSouth Alabama
High schoolSt. Marcellinus
CFL draft2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 31
Drafted byMontreal Alouettes
Career history
As player
20152016Montreal Alouettes
2016–presentSaskatchewan Roughriders
Career stats
Passing completions129
Passing attempts191
Passing yards1,681
TDINT12–5
Passer rating105.1

Brandon Colin Bridge (born March 21, 1992), nicknamed Air Canada, is a professional Canadian football quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted in the fourth round, 31st overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2015 CFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Alcorn State and South Alabama.

Early years[edit]

Bridge attended St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.[2] He finished his career with school records in touchdown passes and passing yards. Bridge was rated by Rivals.com as a two-star recruit.[3] While attending Secondary school, he committed to Alcorn State University to play college football in the United States.

College career[edit]

Bridge played at Alcorn State in 2010 and 2011. As a freshman, he completed 150 of 291 passes for 2,086 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 601 yards on 120 carries with eight touchdowns.[4] In 2011, he completed 49 of 98 passes for 632 yards and five scores and rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.

In 2012, Bridge transferred to University of South Alabama.[5] After sitting out 2012 due to transfer rules, he played in nine games in 2013. For the season, he completed 29 of 66 pass attempts for 398 yards and one touchdown, adding 170 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.[6] As a senior in 2014, Bridge completed 160 of 307 passes 1,927 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions.[7]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2010 Alcorn State 150 291 51.5 2,086 7.2 19 13 120 447 3.7 8
2011 Alcorn State 49 98 50.0 632 6.4 5 4 39 121 3.1 2
2013 South Alabama 29 66 43.9 398 6.0 1 2 37 170 4.6 1
2014 South Alabama 160 307 52.1 1,927 6.3 15 8 101 297 2.9 4
Career 388 762 50.9 5,043 6.6 40 27 297 1,035 3.5 15

Professional career[edit]

Bridge attended the 2015 NFL combine[8] but was not selected in the 2015 NFL draft. He attended the rookie mini-camp of the Dallas Cowboys but was not signed.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

He was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the fourth round of the 2015 CFL Draft.[9] On May 25, 2015, he signed a two-year contract with Montreal.[10] On June 13, he played in his first game with the team, a preseason match against the Ottawa Redblacks. One of four QBs used in the game by Montreal, Bridge went 4 for 8, threw for 52 yards and a touchdown and drew praise from head coach Tom Higgins for his performance.[11]

Bridge began the 2015 season as the Al's third QB on the depth chart. He made his CFL regular season debut on June 25, 2015 (Week 1 of the 2015 season), after injuries to Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 62 yards and one interception. He became the first Canadian quarterback to play in a regular season CFL game since Danny Brannagan in 2010.[12] Bridge dressed as the back-up to fellow rookie, Rakeem Cato, in the following game and didn't get a chance to play until the last game of the season due to Cato's strong play and veteran players returning from injury. Bridge had his first career start on November 8, 2015 in an overtime loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 220 yards and threw the first two touchdown passes of his career.[13]

When Vernon Adams was signed by the Alouettes, Bridge was relegated to fourth-string status. However, with Adams and starter, Kevin Glenn, being injured, he dressed as the third-string quarterback for four of the Alouettes' first six games. He scored his first CFL touchdown during the opening week game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 24, 2016.[14] With Glenn, Cato, and Adams all healthy, Bridge was asked to take a pay cut, leading to him requesting his release following the sixth game of the season.[15] On August 1, 2016, Bridge was released by the Alouettes.[16]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On August 8, 2016, Brandon Bridge worked out with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[17] He officially signed with the team on August 10, 2016.[18] In January 2017, the Riders traded away starting quarterback Darian Durant, moving Brandon Bridge into competition for the starting role for the 2017 CFL season.[19] However, during the off-season the Riders added CFL veteran Kevin Glenn, former NFL Pro-Bowler Vince Young and Bryan Bennett.[20] Both Vince Young and Bryan Bennett were released before the start of the season, leaving Bridge as the back-up quarterback behind Kevin Glenn.[21][22] Due to an injury to Glenn, Bridge started the game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 15, 2017, completing 21 of 31 passes for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Roughriders won by a score of 27–19. He was the first Canadian quarterback to throw three touchdowns in a game since Greg Vavra in 1984.[23] In the off-season the Roughriders acquired quarterback Zach Collaros, relegating Bridge to a backup role alongside David Watford.[24] Bridge started four regular season games in 2018, and also started the Western Semi-Final playoff game, becoming the first Canadian quarterback to start a playoff game since Gerry Dattilio did so in 1984.[25] Bridge was unable to lead the Riders to victory, falling 23-18 to the Blue Bombers, ending their season.

Career statistics[edit]

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team GA GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD
2015 MTL 11 1 26 40 65.0 282 2 1 91.9 18 59 3.3 22 0
2016 MTL 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 3 2 0.7 1 2
SSK 12 0 11 13 84.6 163 0 0 124.8 4 23 5.8 16 1
2017 SSK 18 1 92 138 66.7 1,236 10 4 107.0 20 127 6.4 17 1
2018 SSK 18 4 82 131 62.6 804 1 3 72.8 25 110 4.6 16 0
CFL totals 63 6 211 322 65.5 1,681 13 8 105.1 70 321 4.6 22 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Book, Jared (May 13, 2015). "Quick Thoughts On The Montreal Alouettes CFL Draft". lametropolesports.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Mississauga's Brandon Bridge has sights set on NFL". thestar.com. November 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rivals".
  4. ^ "Bridge proving Canadians can play". NCAA.com.
  5. ^ "Former Alcorn State QB Bridge lands at South Alabama". Fox News.
  6. ^ "Brandon Bridge becoming more comfortable with South Alabama's offense, role as leader for Jags". AL.com.
  7. ^ "The waiting is the hardest part for Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge". The Huffington Post. April 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Brandon Bridge, QB". CBSSports.com.
  9. ^ Dan Ralph (May 3, 2015). "Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge to attend Dallas Cowboys rookie mini-camp". Canada.com. The Canadian Press. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  10. ^ CFL.ca Staff (May 25, 2015). "Brandon Bridge officially a Montreal Alouette". CFL.ca.
  11. ^ "Alouettes start pre-season with win over Redblacks". The Canadian Press. CBC News. June 14, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  12. ^ CFL.ca Staff (June 25, 2015). "Pivotal Injuries: Als lose Crompton, LeFevour in opener". CFL.ca.
  13. ^ CFL.ca Staff (November 8, 2015). "Bridge airs it out in first career start under centre". CFL.ca.
  14. ^ ALOUETTE AIR SHOW TAKES FLIGHT IN SEASON-OPENING WIN OVER BOMBERS
  15. ^ Alouettes release Canadian QB Brandon Bridge
  16. ^ CFL.ca Staff (August 1, 2016). "REPORT: ALOUETTES RELEASE NATIONAL QB BRANDON BRIDGE". cfl.ca.
  17. ^ "Roughriders bring in QB Bridge for workout". 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  18. ^ "Canadian QB Brandon Bridge to sign with Riders". 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  19. ^ "Canadian Bridge to compete for Roughriders' starting position - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  20. ^ "Roughriders quarterback battle heats up in Saskatoon". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  21. ^ "Roughriders release quarterback Young - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  22. ^ "Roughriders cut quarterback Bennett - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  23. ^ "Canadian QB Brandon Bridge with three TDs, Riders down Ticats 27-19". nationalpost.com. September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  24. ^ "Riders acquire Zach Collaros from Ticats - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  25. ^ "Harris, Blue Bombers advance to West final with victory over Roughriders". The Province. 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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