Born: July 21, 1992 – Columbus, OH
2019: Years as a Lion: 5th Years in CFL: 5th Status: International
Career Games: 72 Playoffs: 4 Grey Cup: 0
Jonathon was signed as a free agent by the Lions in April 2015. In May 2016, he signed a contract extension through the 2018 season.
2018: Jon was active for all 18 regular season games for the Lions in 2018, appearing in 10 and starting six games at quarterback. He completed 161 of 239 passing attempts for 1,628 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 226 rushing yards. Jon’s best game of the campaign came against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 22 when he threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, including a thrilling last-second hail mary touchdown pass and a two point conversion to send the game to overtime before eventually winning 35-32. Jon also played significant minutes in the East Division Semi-Final against the Ti-Cats, completing 11 of 18 passing attempts for 172 yards and a touchdown.
2017: Jon was on the active roster for all 18 games, but started 14 games after a shoulder injury suffered in Hamilton on July 15 kept him sidelined for three games. He completed 306 of his 466 passing attempts for 3,639 yards and 16 touchdowns and threw for more than 300 yards four times in 2017. His best effort on the year was a 408-yard, four-touchdown performance versus Winnipeg on October 28. His longest completion of the season was a 62-yard hook-up with Nick Moore versus Edmonton on June 24 and he also recorded 21 completions of more than 30 yards.
2016: A breakout year for the young star as Jonathon led the Lions to a second-place finish in the West Division with a 12-6 record and the club’s first home playoff game since 2012. Good on 371 of his 554 pass attempts for 5,226 yards and 27 touchdowns, Jonathon became just the fourth quarterback in team history to reach the 5,000-yard plateau and the third-best passing season in team history.
Leading the CFL with an astounding 40 completions of 30 yards or more, Jonathon terrorized opposing secondaries with his penchant for deep accurate throws downfield. Finishing the year with nine 300-yard passing efforts, his biggest outing on the year was a 429-yard, three-TD performance in Saskatchewan on July 16.
Going 1-1 in the playoffs, Jonathon overcame some first quarter setbacks in the Western Semi-Final against Winnipeg to eventually throw for 329 yards and two majors. A brilliant second-half by the sophomore starter helped the Lions overcome a 19-point deficit and featured a dramatic nine-yard scamper for a touchdown in the game’s final moments leading to a 32-31 win.
2015: Jonathon began the season as the Lions’ third quarterback but moved into the starter’s seat after injuries to both Travis Lulay and John Beck. The young pivot went 3-3 over his six starts throwing for 2,004 yards on 142 completions including 15 touchdowns. He also earned the start in the Western Semi-Final.
2014: In addition to a workout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in April, Jonathon was invited to a pair of NFL workouts by the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. He also spent time with the Green Bay Packers in late August.
2010-2013: Jonathon enjoyed an outstanding four-year, 43-game career at Saginaw Valley State throwing for 10,710 yards and 96 touchdowns on 799 career completions. The Ohio native was selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year in 2013 following a noteworthy senior year completing 220 passes for 3,284 yards and a conference-leading 31 majors. In addition running for another 470 yards and 12 touchdowns that same season for the Cardinals, he tallied a career-high 541 passing yards and seven TD’s in a win over Hillside College.
Jonathon was a Finance major at Saginaw Valley State and has been playing football since the age of eight. Among his many achievements as a quarterback, he lists a 40-yard game-winning TD pass against Grand Valley State in 2012 as his biggest memory to date. When not hanging out with family and friends, you’ll find Jonathon behind a drum kit where he’s been pounding the skins since the age of two.