The quarterback position has been overwhelmingly the domain of import players in the CFL, but Canadian university star Danny Brannagan will try to buck the odds with the Toronto Argonauts.
The Argonauts announced the signing of the Queen's University star pivot through the 2012 season Monday. The team had examined Brannagan at the recent CFL evaluation camp for prospects.
"He can make all the throws and he understands the Canadian game and how to read defences," Argos coach Jim Barker said in a release. "We are excited to watch Danny compete with the other quarterbacks we have signed."
Brannagan engineered a comeback from 18 points down in the Vanier Cup in November, leading the Golden Gaels to a 33-31 victory in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship over the University of Calgary Dinos.
Brannagan threw for three touchdowns in 286 yards, earning the game's most valuable player honours.
The big victory capped off a five-year career in which the Burlington, Ont., native threw for just under 11,000 yards and was nominated for the Hec Crighton Trophy as Canada's top collegiate player.
At just six feet tall, Brannagan will have his challenges in the pros — aside from the fact no Canadian has consistently starred at quarterback in the league since Russ Jackson in the 1960s.
And the fact he was passed over in the CFL draft despite throwing 28 touchdowns in 2008 doesn't have Brannagan just "happy to be here."
"I look forward to going out there and competing for a spot on the team," said the 23 year-old.
The Argos have completely overhauled the position in the offseason, jettisoning Kerry Joseph, Cody Pickett and Stephen Reaves after a 3-15 campaign.
Last week Toronto obtained Saskatchewan reserve quarterback Dalton Bell for a draft pick and signed Gibran Hamdan, who spent much of two seasons with the Buffalo Bills as their No. 3 quarterback.