TORONTO -- If you’re heading to any CFL stadiums for kickoff weekend, be sure to purchase yourself a lineup card.
As is the case in any off-season, there was plenty of movement among the eight teams, with players switching home addresses and exchanging jerseys almost every day.
By The Numbers: West Division QBs (2011)
Travis Lulay: 342-583, 4,815 YDS, 32 TD, 11 INT
Steven Jyles: 124-218, 1,430 YDS, 7 TD, 11 INT
Drew Tate: 101-158, 1,346 YDS, 8 TD, 5 INT
Darian Durant: 299-489, 3,653 YDS, 18 TD, 14 INT
However, when it comes to the most scrutinized position in football, there has never been an off-season quite like this.
To summarize: Ricky Ray is in Toronto, Henry Burris is in Hamilton, Kevin Glenn is in Calgary and Steven Jyles is starting in Edmonton.
With Ray and Burris moving from West to East, Travis Lulay and Darian Durant are the most established pivots in the West Division.
Lulay is coming off an exceptional season in B.C., one that saw him win the Most Outstanding Player award, as well as the Grey Cup MVP.
Durant, meanwhile, enters his seventh season in Saskatchewan aiming to bounce back following a sub-par season in Regina.
The Riders finished last in the West, with Durant passing for the fewest yards among all starting quarterbacks in the division.
In Calgary, after usurping the starting job from Burris in the latter stages of the 2011 season, Drew Tate will begin the year as the undisputed starter at McMahon Stadium. However, Glenn won’t be too far behind him.
By The Numbers: East Division QBs (2011)
Buck Pierce: 261-411, 3,348 YDS, 14 TD, 18 INT
Ricky Ray: 343-526, 4,594 YDS, 24 TD, 11 INT
Henry Burris: 281-442, 3,687 YDS, 20 TD , 12 INT
Anthony Calvillo: 404-654, 5,251 YDS, 32 TD, 8 INT
Toronto’s prized off-season acquisition, Ray, who joined the Argos in a blockbuster trade over the winter, is excited for the challenge that lays ahead for him.
His first test? Facing off against his former team, in the city he called home for so many years.
"You're going to look at them as another team, a team that you're not worried about other than going in there and getting a win,'' Ray said of facing the Eskimos. ''That's what is tough about this league, especially now with players moving around.
"You get so comfortable being on one team and a year later you're on a different team. You just have to be able to wipe that out of your memory and be in the present.''
The only other team in the East to not make change at quarterback was Winnipeg, who opted to stick with Buck Pierce.
Though Pierce threw more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (14), his production is expected to improve with the addition of Gary Crowton as offensive coordinator.
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