B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay passes as his teammates warm up before a CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Vancouver

B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay passes as his teammates warm up before a CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Vancouver

Lulay lets it rip on first day of Lions’ camp

Coming off two shoulder injuries, Lulay lets it rip as B.C. Lions open camp

  • May. 31, 2015 10:00 a.m.

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Travis Lulay drops back to pass and launches a ball down field.

At another training camp with another quarterback, the play might be forgotten before the next snap.

But as the B.C. Lions gathered for their first practice on Sunday morning, it was a further signal that the club’s veteran pivot is ready to put 18 months of shoulder-injury frustration behind him.

“I was pleased with what I was able to do today,” said Lulay. “There wasn’t a throw that I looked at that I couldn’t make on account of my shoulder.

“We’re going to keep a close eye on it.”

As they should.

Lulay has suffered crippling injuries to his throwing shoulder each of the last two seasons. The first was corrected by surgery, but when he finally returned to the lineup last year following a rehabilitation that stretched into September, Lulay re-injured the joint in his only start and again found himself on the sidelines.

The 31-year-old opted against undergoing another procedure and instead chose a rehab program under new head coach Jeff Tedford that included throwing from different angles and falling onto mats.

It’s only the first day of camp, but the Lions were encouraged by what they saw.

“He’s making progress. It’s a process for him,” said Tedford. “He’s worked himself to where he is right now. We’ve just got to keep monitoring. He’ll do more and more, and get stronger and stronger as we go.”

A former Grey Cup MVP, Lulay made a number of different throws during the morning practice, including roll outs to the wide side of the field and deep ins.

“Those are the challenging throws that our league presents and I was able to make them today for the most part,” he said. “A few throws didn’t quite have the intensity that I like, but it’s Day 1. That’s going to happen regardless. It’s getting your feet under you and getting your eyes right.”

Another player back on the field after having the 2014 season cut short by injury was Andrew Harris, the star Canadian running back who suffered a dislocated ankle in September.

Tedford was hoping to ease Harris into camp, but with two other backs down with early injuries the 28-year-old was right in the thick of things.

“It’s good to get that rust knocked off and just get in the motions of cutting and doing things that I haven’t been able to do,” said Harris. “It’s the confidence in situations where you don’t really know how strong (the ankle) is yet.”

Lulay and Harris are among the veterans at camp getting to know Tedford after he replaced the fired Mike Benevides in December. A former head coach at the University of California, Tedford is looking to implement a high-tempo offence, something that Harris welcomed following a sneak peak at April’s minicamp.

“He’s really particular on certain things and really disciplined,” said the Winnipeg native. “He asks a lot of us, but it’s fair. One thing that’s consistent with him is he’s the same with everyone. There’s no favourites. Everyone’s here on a clean slate and we’re all trying to prove ourselves to make this team.”

Lulay said an adjustment period is to be expected, but added that a trust between the coaching staff and the players should develop quickly.

“We’ve got to be willing to embrace doing things a little bit different in a handful of spots, knowing that the end goal is finding ways to win football games,” said Lulay. “We’re all humble enough to realize we don’t have it all figured out … we can take a cue from a leader.”

Notes: Lions quarterback John Beck is not currently with the team because of an undisclosed illness. … Former NFL receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who played for Tedford at Cal, left practice with a suspected broken arm.

Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter

Just Posted

United Truckers Association members outside Labour Minister/Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains’ office on Monday, June 21. (submitted photo: UTA)
Protesting truckers park outside Labour Minister’s Surrey office; daily rallies promised

The truckers take issue with unlicensed trucks taking work away from legitimate owner operators, and more

White Rock beach was buzzing with activity on Father’s Day, which saw the temperatures in the area hit a record high. (Aaron Hinks photo)
White Rock breaks 83-year-old weather record on Father’s Day

Temperature in city hit 28.7, beating 1938 mark by 1.5 degrees

Police responded to White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 following an assault. (File photo)
Trial underway in February 2020 death of White Rock senior

Ross Banner charged with manslaughter following Five Corners altercation

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

White Rock beach was buzzing with activity on Father’s Day. (Aaron Hinks photo)
PHOTOS: White Rock beach buzzing with activity on Father’s Day

High of 27C drew hundreds of people to the beach

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)
‘Forever War’ with fire has California battling forests instead

Five of the state’s largest-ever blazes seared California last year, as authorities tackle prevention

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

Most Read