Travis Lulay

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Travis Lulay
Travis Lulay 2012.jpg
Travis Lulay in 2012.
Born: (1983-09-27) September 27, 1983 (age 39)
Aumsville, Oregon
Career information
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight216 lb (98 kg)
CollegeMontana State
High schoolStayton (OR) Regis
Career history
As player
20062008Seattle Seahawks*
2007Berlin Thunder
2008New Orleans Saints*
2008Seattle Seahawks*
20092018BC Lions
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2011
CFL West All-Star2011, 2012
Career stats

Travis Lulay (born September 27, 1983) is a former professional Canadian football quarterback. Lulay played ten seasons for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2009 to 2018. In his first season as a full-time starter, Lulay won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 2011 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Grey Cup. He played college football at Montana State. Prior to joining the Lions Lulay was a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Berlin Thunder and New Orleans Saints.

College career[edit]

Lulay led Montana State in rushing his senior year with 611 yards. He left with school records for career passing yards (10,746-11th in NCAA Division I-AA history), single-season total offense, and total offense in a career, and in his four years led the Bobcats to three victories over their state rivals, the University of Montana Grizzlies. In 2005, while playing at Montana State University – Bozeman he completed 223 passes in 388 attempts for 2,629 yards. His passing percentage was 57.5%. He threw for 17 passing TD's and 10 INT's. His quarterback rating was 123.7. He graduated with a GPA of 3.91.


Year Passing
Att Comp Yds TD Int
2002 272 157 2,042 14 5
2003 406 238 2,568 12 11
2004 490 269 3,485 15 9
2005 338 223 2,629 17 10

Professional career[edit]

At the NFL Combine in 2006, Lulay came in first in the short shuttle drill and ranked among the top three quarterbacks in the three cone, broad jump and vertical jump.[1]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

After going undrafted, Lulay signed with the Seattle Seahawks on May 1, 2006, but was released during final cuts in September. He was re-signed by the Seahawks on January 4, 2007, and was assigned to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europa. He was waived on April 8, 2008.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On May 14, 2008, Lulay signed with the New Orleans Saints. He was waived on July 18.

Seattle Seahawks (II)[edit]

On October 10, 2008, the Seattle Seahawks re-signed Lulay to their practice squad.[2] He was released again on December 3, 2008.[3]

BC Lions[edit]

Travis Lulay (14) in the 2010 home opener.

Lulay signed with the BC Lions on May 20, 2009, and impressed the coaching staff enough in training camp to insert him in the second pre-season game for three series, where he completed 8 of 10 passes for 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception.[4] He saw limited action in the regular season as the Lions used a total of five different quarterbacks due to injuries.

In 2010, Lulay made his first professional start in the fourth game of the season against Toronto following injuries to starter Casey Printers and was expected to lead the Lions until Printers was ready to make his return to the lineup. However, Lulay was replaced by Jarious Jackson during the fourth quarter of the August 7th game against Calgary and also started the following game against Saskatchewan. Printers returned for the next game and won three out of the five games he started, but due to his turnover-filled back-to-back performances, he was replaced with Lulay as the starter in Game 13 against Winnipeg, which the Lions won. After Lulay had a minor injury in the following game, again against Winnipeg, Printers came into the game to protect a 21-point lead. The Blue Bombers stormed back to tie the game and force overtime, which was decided by Printers' game-clinching interception. It was Casey's last game with the Lions as Buono released him soon after the game. Consequently, Lulay became the undisputed starting quarterback, finishing the season 4–5 as a starter.

Travis Lulay in a 2011 season home game

The Lions got off to a slow start, losing their first five games of the season and falling into last place in the league. The Lions stopped their five-game losing skid in week 6, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 24–11. In the following game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Travis Lulay struggled and was replaced in the third quarter by Jarious Jackson. Following the loss to the Bombers, the Lions then went on to win eight games in a row, as not only Lulay but the team as a whole played much better football. Lulay earned CFL Offensive Player of the Week Honours during weeks 10 and 18 and earned CFL Offensive Player of the Month for October. The Lions won the final two games of the regular season to finish with a record of 11–7, but more importantly they earned 1st place in the Western Conference. Lulay was named the 2011 CFL's Most Outstanding Player. In the Western Conference Finals game, Lulay threw for almost 300 yards as the Lions disposed of the Edmonton Eskimos and advanced to the Grey Cup Final which was held in BC Place. On November 28, 2011, Lulay and the BC Lions defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in front of over 50,000 fans. Lulay threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player.

In 2012, Lulay had another strong season, leading the Lions to another first-place finish and a berth in the West Final. Despite playing in just 16 games, he set career highs for completions, completion percentage and passer rating. Lulay also spent much of the season chasing history, as he was approaching the record for most consecutive games played with at least one touchdown pass. In the 15th game of the season, he extended the streak to 26 games, but injured his shoulder and did not play in the next game. Because he dressed in the game, by CFL rules, the streak ended. However, the CFL amended the rules and declared the streak intact since he did not play in the next two games.[5] Lulay played in the last game of the season, but only for 18 minutes, and did not throw for a touchdown, ending his streak at 26 games, second only to Sam Etcheverry's 34.[6] Lulay was named the CFL's offensive player of the week for week 12 and the offensive player of the month for September. For the second consecutive season, he was the Lions' nominee for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. The Lions' hopes of repeating as Grey Cup champions ended in the West Final where they lost to the Calgary Stampeders. Lulay completed 33 of 46 passes for 274 yards and one touchdown, but it was not enough as the Lions lost, 34–29.

In January 2013, it was reported that Lulay signed a two-year contract extension worth a reported $450,000 per season.[7] In Week 12 of the 2013 regular season Lulay suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder when he impacted Alouettes defensive back Geoff Tisdale on a 19-yard rushing touchdown. The touchdown put the Lions up 29–7 with less than 9 minutes in the fourth quarter. The Lions ultimately won the game and opened the season with a record of 7–4. Lulay missed the next six games for the Lions; in that span they went 3–3. He returned to action in the last regular season game of 2013, but he only played for a limited amount of time, attempting only 4 passes, completing 3 of them for 54 yards. The Lions qualified for the playoffs as the 3rd seed in the West Division with a record of 11–7. Lulay started the playoff game against the Roughriders. He completed 20 of 26 pass attempts for 211 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also ran the ball 5 times for 60 yards. Nonetheless, the Lions were defeated by Saskatchewan 29–25, thus ending their 2013 season.

In November 2013 Lulay underwent shoulder surgery to repair the damage done from his September injury.[8] Lulay missed the first half of the 2014 CFL season while he rehabilitated his throwing shoulder. During that time Kevin Glenn led the Lions to a record of 5–4. After playing briefly in Week 9, Lulay returned to start for BC in Week 11, following their first bye week. Lulay completed 18 of 27 passes for 167 yards in a game dominated by the defense, but left with just under a minute to go in regular, his shoulder causing him extreme discomfort, 357 days since his last start. Lulay would not return to the field for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Lulay was again injured in Week 11 of the 2015 CFL season; suffering a torn MCL in the game against the Montreal Alouettes.[9] Due to the emergence of rookie quarterback Jonathon Jennings during his absence, Lulay became the backup quarterback when he returned from injury. On February 8, 2016, Lulay resigned with the Lions on a two-year contract.[10] Lulay spent the 2016 CFL season as the Lions' backup quarterback, behind Jennings.

On July 15, 2017, during a Week 4 match against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Lulay set a new CFL record for most passing yards when coming off the bench. He threw 436 passing yards (a career-high) after replacing Jennings who left the game due to injury, helping the Lions win the game 41–26.[11] Lulay started the next three games for the Lions, winning two of them, before a suffering a minor shoulder injury, which coincided with Jonathon Jennings' return to health in Week 8. Nevertheless, Jennings struggled in the next three games, resulting in Lulay being forced into action in all three matches (all of which were losses). With Lulay having greatly outplayed Jennings head coach Wally Buono announced Lulay as the starter for the team's Week 12 match against Montreal.[12] However, Lulay suffered a non-contact injury to his knee early in the game and did not return. On September 12, 2017, the Lions announced that Lulay would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, which required surgery and minor damage to his MCL, which did not require surgery.[13][14]

On February 12, 2018, one day before the start of free agency, Lulay and the Lions agreed to a one-year contract extension.[15] On July 13, 2018, the Lions announced that Lulay would be the team's starting quarterback in their Week 5 match against the Blue Bombers. Incumbent starting quarterback Jonathon Jennings, who struggled in 2017, continued his poor play into the early weeks of the 2018 season.[16] Lulay started and finished the following six games for the Lions, winning twice. He suffered a concussion in Week 13 against the Redblacks.[17] Then the following week was knocked out of the contest in the first quarter after suffering a separated shoulder. In the days following the Lions announced they expected Lulay to miss four to six weeks recovering.[18] The Lions revealed that Lulay would return from injury in time for the team's Week 18 match against the Calgary Stampeders.[19] In the off-season the Lions brought in All-Star Mike Reilly to be the starting quarterback. As a free agent Lulay received multiple offers from other teams looking to sign him to a contract, however on February 28, 2019, he ultimately decided it was time to retire from professional sports.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team GA GS Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2009 BC 15 0 36 22 61.1 324 2 2 85.9 17 133 7.8 30 0 0
2010 BC 18 9 318 205 64.5 2,602 9 11 84.9 62 396 6.4 20 4 8
2011 BC 18 18 583 342 58.7 4,815 32 11 95.8 47 391 8.3 53 3 1
2012 BC 18 16 520 346 66.5 4,231 27 10 100.7 65 477 7.3 43 3 3
2013 BC 12 11 347 224 64.6 2,841 19 11 95.0 41 287 7.0 23 3 6
2014 BC 4 1 35 22 62.9 194 0 0 77.6 6 54 9.0 24 0 1
2015 BC 14 10 266 167 62.8 1,953 12 10 84.4 20 166 8.3 40 0 1
2016 BC 18 0 32 22 68.8 205 2 2 80.9 16 27 1.7 8 6 0
2017 BC 11 4 165 121 73.3 1,693 10 7 108.5 31 145 4.7 17 5 1
2018 BC 12 12 311 187 60.1 2,494 13 11 84.8 10 72 7.2 12 0 4
CFL totals 140 81 2,613 1,658 63.5 21,352 127 75 93.2 315 2,148 6.8 53 24 25


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