Regina-born QB leads West Florida to impressive season

Regina is more than 3,300 kilometres away from the University of West Florida but despite the distance, there is a football connection.

Quarterback Mike Beaudry was born in the Queen City and moved to Orlando as a child. He stood out in high school football in Florida and became the first player to sign with West Florida.

Beaudry broke his left fibula during spring practice in 2016 which caused him to miss the program’s inaugural season, but he returned in 2017 to assume the starting quarterback role. As a redshirt freshman, Beaudry started 14 games throwing for 3,215 yards, 29 touchdowns against 13 interceptions with a 55 per cent completion rate. He led the Argos to an 11-4 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship game, which the team lost.

Regardless the future seems bright for Beaudry. The six-foot-five, 240-pound QB has prototypical quarterback size. Beaudry is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

Prairie roots are close to his heart, he keeps track of the Riders, watches their games on ESPN and counts himself as a Brandon Bridge supporter.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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15 Comments on Regina-born QB leads West Florida to impressive season

  1. Green Pastures // December 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm //

    Thanks Justin. Nice read. If things change, another ratio breaker.

  2. Great find Justin

  3. Six-foot-five 240 is prototy0ical size?

  4. Prototypical in Florida.

  5. Colour me green // December 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm //

    Rider fan, I like everything I read in this article. Come on home Mike.

  6. Another top notch Canadian playing down south. Hope the league changes the ratio rules to give guys like Beaudry as a QB a better chance to make a CFL roster in the future.

    • ditto that. Time for Cdn QB’s in the CFL. Look at the top rushers the last couple of yrs. Messam and Harris.
      The only way is to make CDN QB’s ratio busters, Otherwise they won’t get the chance.

      • NEVER make the QB position a ratio position.
        It is the most important position on the team, there is only ONE QB on a team. They must compete one on one, is this guy Beaudry any better than other NCAA QBs that are overlooked or can’t make it in the CFL?
        Just because he was born in Canada we want to hand him a starters job and make him count against the ratio??
        No way, let the guy compete one on one if he wants to play in the CFL, there should be no guarantees because he was born in Canada.

    • No, the ratio rule was supposed to attract CIS football players and develop the Canadian university football program.
      Players that get scholarships to the NCAA are coached/trained down there and it does nothing to develop CIS players.
      Our best football players are scouted by the NCAA when they are in high school. In this case Beaudry has spend all of his life in the US, attended high school and Uni there.
      I think they should change the Ratio too, it should be reduced or eliminated. Canadians should be given the chance to compete on on one they shouldn’t be guaranteed positions because of nationality

      • Fred, that’s my attitude as well. It’s the CIS-trained player we need, not just Canadian by birth. I would go as far as saying that a foreign-born player that has played all his college ball at a Canadian university should be eligible as a ‘National’.

  7. Edward Leslie // December 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm //

    Good story. Another Canadian born QB showing he can play, just like Bridge, Buckley, Rourke at Ohio University, O’Connor at UBC/ Penn State.
    Including Canadians in the ratio, but inexplicably NOT at QB has resulted in many solid Canadian QB prospects being ignored, including CIS superstar Chris Flynn and the U.S. Patriot League Star QB Marko Glavic and many others too numerous (and depressing) to mention. New ratio: 22 Canadians/ 22 Americans regardless of position. There. Fair and equal. All settled.

  8. Sources Say // December 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm //

    Why shouldn’t a Canadian QB count in the ratio?
    The ratio is what makes the CFL the league we love.
    Otherwise we are just nine NFL farm teams.

    • Not at all. Look at Soccer as a guide. First division Football teams in Europe in different countries are all equal from a legal standpoint. Are the salaries in England and Spain higher than in Greece and Holland? Absolutely but that does not make Greece a farm league of spain. If A Greek team gets say the Onassis family to back it then they can outbid Real Madrid. Also a Dutch team can develop a player and sell the contract to an English team for a huge profit. Likewise English teams are looking to get playing time for its players in Holland and Belgium and eat the salary difference when putting them on loan. The CFL and NFL should get the text from FIFA on how first division Football leagues in different countries cooperate on players and adopt the basics of it with some obvious changes for higher injuries and other issues. And reduce the ratio to 4 Canadians and see how it goes from there.

      • I’d never thought of North American football in terms of the FIFA soccer world. very interesting. Thanks.

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