FRIESEN: Pandemic forcing Bombers’ scouts to work on own dime

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Ian Book is the starter at Notre Dame, Brock Purdy at Iowa State and Charlie Brewer at Baylor.

“Very similar quarterbacks,” McManus, himself a former CFL quarterback, said. “All of them are very good as far as leadership. Self-motivated, you don’t have to get on the kid. He knows how to be a leader, he knows how to get guys to do what he wants them to do. And he does it himself.”

The 6-foot, 206-pound Book passed for 3,034 yards and 34 touchdowns with just six interceptions last year, and has a 22-3 record as the Fighting Irish starter.

“Ian has proven he can win some ball games, and do it at a big school,” McManus said. “He’s been very productive. Brewer’s been starting since he was a freshman, as has Brock. So they’re getting a lot of football right now. That’s good.”

Purdy passed for 3,982 yards and 27 touchdowns, with nine interceptions, while setting 18 school records for the Cyclone last season, his sophomore year.

He’s 6-foot-1, 212, and is projected to be a fairly high NFL draft pick next year.

If those projections continue, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bombers drop him from their neg list, as they did with North Dakota State’s Trey Lance when it became clear he’s going to be a first-round pick next year.

Winnipeg’s list includes players who’ve bounced around as pros, too, in the XFL and the NFL.

The quality of person is as important as the quality of player.

“How is he with his teammates?” McManus explained. “Is he the type of guy we look for at Winnipeg? That probably has more weight than anything else.”

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