In TRAVIS LU­LAY Lions trust, de­spite the rust

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - STEVE EWEN Postmedia Net­work sewen@the­p­rovince.comm @steveewen

VAN­COU­VER — travis lu­lay ad­mits he might be a lit­tle rusty Satur­day and in­sists he’s not overly wor­ried about it.

the B.C. lions did the ex­pected Fri­day morn­ing, nam­ing lu­lay as their start­ing quar­ter­back for their CFL clash at BC Place Sta­dium on Satur­day against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8 p.m., TSN).

He takes over the No. 1 job from Jonathon Jen­nings, who has strug­gled the past two weeks.

lu­lay hasn’t played since suf­fer­ing a right knee in­jury last Septem­ber that ended his sea­son and later re­quired surgery.

the lions (1-2) cer­tainly could use a boost right now, af­ter be­ing blown out their last two road games, in­clud­ing a 41-19 de­ci­sion last Satur­day against these same Blue Bombers (2-2).

“It might hap­pen. I’m hu­man and I’m not go­ing to hide from that,” lu­lay, 34, said when asked about be­ing rusty. I’m not as con­cerned about that, just in terms of my men­tal prep. I just ac­cept part of that.

“If you miss a throw here or there, you just keep play­ing. those type of things hap­pen. I might miss a read. I might throw a ball right to (Winnipeg safety tay­lor) lof­fler’s face mask or some­thing.

“If I stay con­fi­dent about it and keep throw­ing the ball, I’ll put our team in a po­si­tion to win.

that’s my mind­set.

I’m try­ing to ooze that con­fi­dence to the group and play with that my­self. I think that can make up for a lit­tle bit of rust.”

lu­lay hasn’t taken many snaps in prac­tice this sea­son, but says that he “feels com­fort­able.”

He ad­mits he’s “draw­ing on ex­pe­ri­ence.”

He’ll be mak­ing his 131st ap­pear­ance for the lions and his 70th start.

For those keep­ing score at home, the lions are 25-9 all-time at B.C. Place when lu­lay plays.

lions coach Wally Buono strongly hinted that a change was com­ing, but re­fused to ad­mit he was send­ing Jen­nings, 25, to the bench.

lu­lay said the lions were just “staying dis­ci­plined to the process.”

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