Canadian Football League

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Canadian Football League Quarter-Back working hard

Former Boise State star quarterback Bart Hendricks is making good use of his time and available facilities here in Boise before he leaves for training camp with the Edmonton Eskimos in late May. This will be Hendricks’ third season in the Canadian Football League with the Eskimos.
Hendricks moved to Boise recently, and he spends the off-season here training at the Bronco facilities. “I like it here,” Hendricks said. “It’s also nice to have access to the facilities here as I am getting ready for the season.”
Hendricks’ career at BSU was one of the most successful careers in school history. He finished his career as a Bronco with 9,030 yards in his four years, along with 78 touchdowns with only 34 interceptions. In his senior season, 2000, Hendricks led the Broncos to a second straight Humanitarian Bowl victory and was selected as the Big West Offensive Player of the Year for a second time, while completing just over 60 percent of his passes and racking up 3,633 yards through the air with 35 touchdowns with just eight picks. His yards mark stands at the top of the record books for most passing yards in a single season.
After one of the best seasons in school history, Hendricks signed with the San Diego Chargers as an un-drafted free agent. He was sent to play for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe. As soon as he got there, he was traded to the Frankfurt Galaxy and practiced with them for about a week before he was sent back to the Claymores for training camp. After camp, Hendricks found himself heading back to Frankfort for the season. He spent only one year in NFL Europe. He led the Galaxy to a 4-0 start, and ended up needing to win just one of last two games to get a shot at playing for the championship. However, the team lost both games and finished 6-4. The team that won it all started out the season 0-4.
The following year, Hendricks left NFL Europe for the CFL, where he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos. Hendricks is playing a back-up role to starting quarterback Jason Hass, who threw for over 5,000 yards in one season recently. The Eskimos went 9-9 last season after the team won it all the year prior. Head coach Tom Higgins, 2003 CFL Coach of the Year, resigned after last season. Hendricks will be reporting for camp at the end of May under new head coach Danny Maciocia. The Eskimos’ season starts June 10 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Eskimos season usually ends around Thanksgiving, so Hendricks has had a chance to watch his alma mater’s success in the past few years, and he has high hopes for this year’s team. “What they did last year was incredible,” Hendricks said. “To go undefeated in an entire season, you’ve got to have some breaks as well as a good team. They got both.”
When asked about the chance of repeated success this year, Hendricks said, “It’s definitely possible, but to ask them to do what they did last year is asking a lot."


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