Top Ontario quarterbacks
Hamilton Spectator

Canadian-born quarterbacks in the CFL are rare. But that hasn't stopped a few homegrown quarterbacks from starring in the Ontario University Athletics. Here is a list of some of the best.

1. Tommy Denison | Queen's | Quarterback 2001-03

Dubbed the Beamsville Bomber, this strong-armed scrambler became the first CIS quarterback to pass for more than 3,000 yards when he turned the trick in 2003. Tough as nails, Denison didn't mind taking a pop to make a play, often holding the ball to the last second to give his receivers a chance to shake off defenders. He set the OUA record for single season touchdown passes with 24. In his three university seasons Denison was twice awarded the Hec Crighton as the nation's top university player.

2. Michael Faulds | Quarterback | Western 2005-09

Faulds is the all-time leading passer in CIS history (10,811 total yards) and holds the distinction of throwing for over 2,200 yards in three straight seasons, with his final one totalling 3,033.

Faulds tossed for 550 yards in his final regular season game versus Toronto on Oct. 24, 2009.

During the 2009 Yates Cup, Faulds was playing with multiple torn ligaments in one knee. He threw for 509 yards before his knee locked up late in the game, with Western down four points. Western would lose but Faulds, the head coach of Laurier, would cement his legacy as one of the best OUA passers ever.

3. Jamie Bone | Quarterback | Western 1975-78

Bone was a superb quarterback in his three years as a Western Mustang, leading the team to back-to-back Vanier Cups in 1976 and 1977. In that second championship, Bone hit on 80 per cent of his passes and tossed four touchdowns.

The next year he was named the CIS's Most Valuable Player. His stellar collegiate career complete, he tried out for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but went undrafted. He would later sign with the Dallas Cowboys. Bone would later become the Mustangs' longstanding quarterback coach. His son, Stevenson, plays for the school.

4. Phil Scarfone | Quarterback | McMaster 1981-84

Scarfone was one of the most promising Canadian football prospects of the early 1980s. But as good as he was on the gridiron, he was better as a lacrosse star. After turning down a scholarship to play lacrosse for the University of Maryland, the Hamilton-native returned home and to play quarterback for McMaster, eventually becoming one of the school's all-time greats. Scarfone still holds the record for most passing yardage, completions and touchdown passes in Marauders' history. His star shone brightest in 1984 when he led McMaster to a 7-0 record and won the Hec Crighton Trophy.

5. Phil Cote | Quarterback | Ottawa 1996-2000

Some great quarterbacks save their best for last. That was the case of Phil Cote. In the 2000 Vanier Cup in Toronto, the Ottawa Gee-Gees quarterback, playing with an injured ankle, threw three touchdowns, ran for two more and won his first Vanier Cup title, avenging a loss in the '97 championship game.

6. Dan Feraday | Quarterback | U of Toronto 1978-81

Dan Feraday would a legend at U of T, where he broke every provincial passing record at the time. His national record of 41 pass competitions in a single game stood until last season when the Blues’ own Simon Nassar broke it with 49 against Carleton. Feraday never won a championship, but secured his legacy when he became the first Canadian university football player to be drafted to the NFL, when the Cincinnati Bengals picked him in 1982.

7. Brad Sinopoli | Quaterback | University of Ottawa

In 2010, Sinopoli became the fourth Gee-Gee player to win the Hec Crighton Trophy after passing for a school record and CIS leading 2,756 passing yards and 22 touchdowns in eight games. Because of his strong season, he was one of only two quarterbacks invited to the CFL Evaluation Camp for players eligible in the 2011 CFL Draft. Sinopoli would be drafted by Calgary and would make the team as a wide receiver.

8. Dan Brannagan | Quarterback | Queen's

A 2009 Vanier Cup champion the Burlington native collected a boatload of honors during a stellar career with the Gaels. Those honors include OUA Rookie of the Year (2005), 2008 CIS All-Canadian (Second team), Queen's All-Time leading passer (10,714 yards), MVP of 2009 Yates Cup and MVP of 2009 Vanier Cup

9. Ben Chapdelaine | Quarterback | McMaster

Started his prolific career as the quarterback of the Marauders by being selected OUA Rookie of the Year in 1997. He went on to lead McMaster to its first ever Yates Cup in 2000 and a title repeat in 2001. Over his five-year tenure, Chapdelaine was recognized as a first-team OUA All-Star on four occasions and as a CIS All-Canadian three times. In 2001, he was awarded the Hec Crighton. Chapdelaine finished his varsity career as the all-time leading passer in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

10. Kyle Quinlan | Quarterback | McMaster

Quinlan played CIS football with the McMaster Marauders of the OUA where he won the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the 47th Vanier Cup, en route to winning the Marauder's first football national championship in 2011. In 2012, Quinlan won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the CIS Most Valuable Player. In 2013 Quinlan was named the CIS male athlete of the year.