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Morris: New wave of quarterbacks taking on starring roles

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In the six weeks since the CFL season kicked off, there has been a massive shift in the league’s quarterbacking landscape.

Of the nine quarterbacks who started their team’s opening game, only four will be at the helm this week.

Confined to the six-game injured list are Saskatchewan’s Zack Collaros, Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell, and Toronto’s James Franklin. Antonio Pipkin is on Montreal’s one-game injured list while Ottawa’s Dominique Davis is expected to miss a second consecutive week when the REDBLACKS play Calgary on Thursday.

It’s not unusual for quarterbacks to get hurt. What’s different this season is who has stepped in as replacements and the success being enjoyed by the likes of Cody Fajardo in Saskatchewan and Nick Arbuckle in Calgary.

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“I do think you are seeing some new names, maybe instead of guys you have seen elsewhere or veteran backups coming in and playing,” said Travis Lulay, the retired BC Lions’ quarterback who now works in the team’s front office.

“That is a little bit unique at this point of the season to have so many guys you wouldn’t have seen as the opening day starter now being asked to lead their team on a regular basis.”

Collaros lasted just three plays in Saskatchewan’s opening game against Hamilton before being forced out of the game after a hit by Simoni Lawrence. Since then, Fajardo has completed 86 of 120 passes for 1,223 yards,........