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Jonesing to play

Former Missouri QB signs with Montreal Alouettes

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Posted: Sunday April 18, 1999 03:23 PM

  Oh, Canada: Quarterback Corby Jones had 6,230 yards total offense at Missouri. Tim Umphreys/Allsport

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Former Missouri quarterback Corby Jones decided he'd rather be a quarterback in the Canadian Football League than a late-round draft pick without a position in the NFL.

When the NFL draft began Saturday, Jones had already signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

"It came down to what would make me the happiest, playing in the NFL or playing my position," Jones said. "No NFL team was willing to give me much of a commitment."

Jones said he knew that even if he were drafted by an NFL team, he probably would have had to earn a job as a running back or defensive back.

In Montreal, he apparently will compete with former Ohio State quarterback Stanley Jackson for the third-string spot behind Tracy Ham and Anthony Calvillo.

Under Jones, Missouri emerged from 13 consecutive years of losing to go 7-5 and 8-4 the last two seasons. He totaled 6,230 yards passing and rushing.

"The CFL is very offensive-minded," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said. "There is a wide field and a lot of passing.

"A lot of attributes that Corby has fit into our scheme. He can run the ball, run play action and hit receivers on a rope."

 
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