Jonathon Jennings

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Jonathon Jennings
No. 10     BC Lions
Date of birth (1992-07-21) July 21, 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Columbus, Ohio
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) QB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
College Saginaw Valley State
High school Westerville South
Career history
As player
2015–present BC Lions
Career stats
Passing completions 513
Passing attempts 769
Percentage 66.7
TDINT 42-25
Passing yards 7,230
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Jonathon Jennings (born July 21, 1992) is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He attended Saginaw Valley State University, where he played college football and studied finance.

Early career

Jennings played high school football and basketball at Westerville South High School, where he was a first team All-League player as a senior.[1] From 2010 to 2013, he played for the Cardinals at Saginaw Valley State, where he threw for 10,710 yards and 96 touchdowns at the Division II program.[2] As a senior, Jennings threw for 3,824 yards for 30 touchdowns, additionally rushing for 470 yards and 12 touchdowns.[3]

Professional career

Jennings was eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He tried out with several National Football League (NFL) teams prior to the 2014 season, including the Kansas City Chiefs, the Detroit Lions, and the Green Bay Packers.[2][3][4] He also tried out with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in April 2014.[5] Jennings was not signed by any NFL or CFL teams in 2014, and did not play football professionally that year.[2]

In April 2015, Jennings was signed by the BC Lions of the CFL.[5] He competed for the back-up quarterback position on the depth chart, which he received in the season opener.[6][7] Jennings recorded his first statistic on July 17 against the Roughriders, where he rushed for one yard on a quarterback sneak.[8] Due to injuries to starting quarterback Travis Lulay, Jennings played in eight regular season games, starting six, and started in the Lions' lone playoff game. Jennings completed 66% of his passing attempts for 2,004 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In March 2016, Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono announced that Jennings would enter training camp as the #1 quarterback on the depth chart (above veteran Lulay) and he hoped that Jennings would have earned that title by Week 1 of the 2016 regular season.[9] On May 5, 2016, Jennings and the Lions agreed on a contract extension through the 2018 CFL season.[10] Prior to signing the extension, Jennings would have become a free-agent following the 2016 campaign.[11]


  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD
2015 BC 18 6 215 142 66.0 2,004 15 10 99.8 26 127 4.9 17 0
2016 BC 18 18 554 371 67.0 5,226 27 15 102.1 68 363 5.3 20 4
CFL totals 36 24 769 513 66.7 7,230 42 25 101.5 68 363 5.1 20 4


  1. ^ "Jonathon Jennings". SVSU Cardinals. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Araki, Michiko (May 29, 2015). "GETTING TO KNOW JONATHON JENNINGS". BC Lions. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Niziolek, Michael (May 11, 2014). "Kansas City Chiefs invite SVSU quarterback Jon Jennings to rookie mini-camp". MLive. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Yuille, Sean (May 10, 2014). "2014 Lions undrafted free agent tracker". Pride of Detroity. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Jonathon Jennings". BC Lions. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Beamish, Mike (June 14, 2015). "Back up QB battle gets interesting". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Depth Charts". BC Lions. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (July 18, 2015). "Lions, Lulay run over Riders in a tale of teams going in different directions". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lions not ready to reward prime pivot Jennings just yet". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Lions, Jennings ink extension through 2018". 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  11. ^ "B.C. Lions sign Jonathon Jennings to contract extension through 2018". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 

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