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CFL Spotlight: Saskatchewan Roughriders Quarterback Trevor Harris, From NCAA Division II To CFL

Trevor Harris, the well-traveled quarterback currently leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League (CFL), has become an integral part of the team’s offensive strategy. Born on May 31, 1986, Harris’ journey to the Roughriders has been a fascinating tour through multiple football leagues, each contributing to the player he is today.

Harris’ football career began in Marion Pleasant High School, Ohio, where his exceptional abilities saw him become an all-state selection in football and basketball. His performance as a quarterback, recording 1,523 yards and 23 touchdowns in his senior year, marked him as an upcoming talent in football.

He then moved on to play college football at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Here, Harris broke multiple records and became a two-time finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, an accolade for the most valuable player in NCAA Division II. His college career ended with an impressive tally of 11,899 yards passed, a 66% pass completion rate, and 100 touchdowns thrown.

Post-college, Harris was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2010. However, he was waived after the preseason and ended up signing with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. A brief stint in the United Football League followed before he eventually found his way to the Canadian Football League.

In 2012, Harris joined the Toronto Argonauts where he established himself as a reliable quarterback, notably stepping in for Ricky Ray during the 2015 season. Despite being the backup, Harris led the Argonauts to a commendable 9-7 record, displaying his leadership skills and strategic prowess on the field.

Harris then signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016. He had a notable run here, starting in multiple games and leading the team to several victories. Despite several changes in the starting lineup and injuries, Harris proved his mettle and finished the 2017 season setting new career highs in completions, attempts, and passing yards.

His career then led him to the Edmonton Eskimos, where he continued to showcase his abilities, even after suffering from a significant upper body injury. The 2019 season saw him passing over 4,000 yards for the fourth time in his career and tripling his career rushing touchdowns.

Harris briefly returned to the Montreal Alouettes in 2021 and 2022, where he started 15 games, recording an 8-7 record and leading the team to a second-place finish in the East Division. However, in February 2023, Harris signed a two-year contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, marking the latest chapter in his CFL journey.

Today, as he continues his career with the Roughriders, it’s clear that Trevor Harris’ years of experience across multiple leagues have honed him into a formidable quarterback, an inspiring team player, and an athlete to watch in the CFL. His journey serves as a testament to resilience and adaptation in the highly competitive world of professional football.

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