June 10, 2019

Als tab Pipkin as season-opening starter

Montreal Alouettes

MONTREAL — Antonio Pipkin has won the starting quarterback job for the Montreal Alouettes.

The team indicated as much on Monday morning, revealing a depth chart with Pipkin’s name topping the quarterback position. In a subsequent tweet, the team hash-tagged the words ‘Starting QB’ along with a photo of Pipkin.

The Alouettes’ starting quarterback competition was one of the top position battles league-wide this training camp. Vernon Adams Jr., Matthew Shiltz and recently-released Jeff Mathews were also involved.

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Pipkin, 23, was considered the favourite going into camp. While the third-year quarterback had his low points in 2018, throwing more than twice as many interceptions (8) as touchdowns (3), he still showed glimpses of being a successful quarterback.

Averaging 8.5 yards per passing attempt and adding 252 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, Pipkin displayed a strong arm, quick legs and the ability to improvise behind an offensive line that allowed a league-worst 66 sacks.

The Alouettes have been looking for an answer behind centre ever since Hall of Fame quarterback Anthony Calvillo last took a snap back in 2013.

The Als open the season on Friday night in Edmonton.