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Dominique Davis wins Redblacks' starting quarterback job

Last season's backup has beaten out former B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings for the starting role in Week 1.

2018's backup will get ball for Grey Cup rematch

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Dominique Davis (4) takes part in a team practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Saturday, November 24, 2018 before the 106th Grey Cup. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The Ottawa Redblacks have named Dominique Davis their starting quarterback.

Davis has been competing with former B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings for the starting role in Ottawa after previous starter Trevor Harris signed with Edmonton this off-season.

Redblacks coach Rick Campbell announced the decision in a scrum with reporters on Monday.

"I just really like his approach," Campbell told reporters.

"He's been very consistent. I think he just has a really good command of the offence and the players believe in him. He's going to be our guy."

Davis, 29, was the backup to Harris last year in Ottawa.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Dominique Davis (4) throws the ball against the Toronto Argonauts during the first half on Friday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The East Carolina product saw action in eight games, completing 24-of-39 passes (61.5 per cent) for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Davis signed with the Redblacks last year after seeing limited time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2015 and 2017.

Jennings lost his starting job to Travis Lulay with the Lions last year, his fourth season in the league (all with B.C.).

He completed 161 of 239 passes (67.4 per cent) for 1,628 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Jennings' best year was in 2016 when he threw for 5,226 yards, 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings, left, threw 331 yards, in addition to scoring a touchdown versus the Montreal Alouettes to lead his team to a 38-18 victory on Thursday, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/ The Canadian Press)

"Obviously, Dominique is excited. Jonathon is going to keep working," Campbell said.

"I've been around this business long enough to know you need at least two guys you can count on and that can win you games. We feel both those guys can win us games."

The Redblacks play their final pre-season game Thursday in Montreal against the Alouettes.

Ottawa's season opener is June 15 in Calgary versus the defending champion Stampeders in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup.

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