It’s fitting that Canadian quarterback sensation Will Finch shares names with a bird, because he knows
how to air a football out. The 6’3, 215-pound Finch led Nelson (ON) to an unblemished 12-0 record
in 2011, completed by a 37-0 dismantling of St. Paul-Niagara Falls in the Golden Horseshoe Bowl at
Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
The win came shortly after Nelson’s conference-clinching victory over the previously undefeated
Cardinal Newman. The Lords took down the Cardinals 43-20 thanks to Finch’s performance of 337 yards
on 19-of-26 passing, five touchdowns and one interception.
Finch will soon be heading to the University of Western Ontario, where he’ll play for celebrated coach
Greg Marshall. The Mustangs have won more Yates Cup conference titles than any team in history, and
Finch may provide the arm to bring them back to the promised land of the Vanier Cup, Canada’s version
of the national championship.
Coach Marshall has led the school to a 31-9 record since 2007 and won three Yates Cup games in that
span. His offensive approach and background as a running back in the CFL should prove valuable to the
incoming Finch as he makes the transition to the university level.
In the meantime, Finch recently benefitted by the CFL’s new policy regarding quarterbacks. Each team
must now invite at least one non-draft-eligible player at that position from Canada to take part in drills
for evaluation purposes and to strengthen the visibility of Canadian-born athletes.
As the youngest participant in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ training camp, Finch impressed coaches and
players alike despite the increased pace of the game. As he told reporters, “The DBs close so much
faster. It’s such a faster game. It’s ridiculous, actually.”
And that’s just what Tiger-Cats head coach George Cortez wanted him to experience. By subjecting him
to more skilled players, he feels Finch will be at an advantage heading to Western. Greg Marshall seems
thrilled with the outcome and is eager for Finch to arrive. “He’s as talented a young player as I’ve seen
coming out of high school in a long, long time,” he said at the same camp.
Already a highly regarded prospect with the NFA, Finch continues to receive top-notch training and
proves that north of the border doesn’t equal off the radar.