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2022 BC Lions Training Camp is well underway in Kamloops. Catch the latest interviews, recaps, and news right here.
Camp Notebook | Q & A With Neil McEvoy
As 2021 BC Lions Training Camp enters its final two days in Kamloops, bclions.com sat down with Leos Co-general manager and director of football operations Neil McEvoy over breakfast for a discussion on where the team is at heading into its 67th regular season. A member of the organization since 1995, McEvoy has attended training camps in many different roles with the club but this has been the first at the top of the football operations chain, duties he shares with head coach Rick ...
Training Camp July 27 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on adjusting to schedules and what he wants to see for the remaining couple of days in Kamloops.
Training Camp July 27 | Lucky Whitehead
The Lions speedster gives his thoughts on camp as we draw to a close this week, plus talks about fitting into this Lions offence.
Camp Notebook | Gamboa Eager For Round Two With Lions
“Hey, what’s good with y’all? I’m Victor Gamboa, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. I went to Eastern Washington University. Fun fact about me: I’m a first generation anything sports in my family.” Fun facts. Every player, coach and staff member has had to address the team with something neat about themselves in training camp. This isn’t Gamboa’s first rodeo in Kamloops. In fact, he had to take the back road to get to where he has been striving towards now — to be a trusted field corner ...
Training Camp 26 | Nathan Rourke
Quarterback Nathan Rourke on emerging as the number two quarterback and gearing up for the start of the regular season.
Training Camp July 26 | Lemar Durant
Lions receiver Lemar Durant on getting some increased reps in today’s practice and gearing up for the start of the regular season August 6.
Camp Notebook | Scrimmage Two Recap
With only four days of full on-field work remaining in Kamloops, BC Lions veterans and rookies hit it hard Saturday morning at Hillside for their second of three team scrimmages. Without any pre-season games to prepare for and another big round of cuts coming in the next couple of days, everyone knows what’s at stake. Head coach Rick Campbell can be satisfied with two big factors from scrimmage two. The offence performed better and some of the newcomers who might be on the bubble were ...
Training Camp July 24 | Anthony Cioffi
Lions defensive back Anthony Cioffi on Saturday’s second scrimmage and how the DBs have performed.
Reilly Soldiers Through Camp With Mother Rhonda On His Mind
Rhonda Reilly is never far away in spirit. On Saturday, July 24th, what would have been her 60th birthday, she’ll be even closer in the heart and mind of her son, Michael as he honours her memory while playing the sport he loves at BC Lions training camp in Kamloops. It’s a sport that brought his family together for many years. Rhonda and Michael’s Dad Pat never missed a Lions home game or a trip to Calgary or Edmonton together, the proximity to their home in Montana allowing them to ...
Training Camp July 23 | Adam Konar
Veteran linebacker Adam Konar on the battles in camp and being pushed by some of the young guys.
Training Camp July 23 | Ben Hladik
UBC product Ben Hladik on how he’s adapting in camp and the competition brewing at linebacker.
Camp Notebook | Hatcher Catching On
Keon Hatcher knows what it takes to rise to the occasion. Whether it was a big performance for Arkansas in 2016 where he caught two touchdowns against number one ranked Alabama, or clutching up in pre-season action with the Raiders in Seattle to solidify a roster spot, the new Lions receiver has experience when the eyes are on him. Through 12 days of training camp in Kamloops, he has taken advantage of another opportunity; reps with the first-team offence. So far, he has enjoyed the ...
Training Camp July 22 | Rick Campbell
Lions head coach Rick Campbell on the work done on day 12 and preparing for the second team scrimmage this weekend.
Camp Notebook | 'Last Chance U' Bonner Enjoys New Chapter
It’s a new chapter for Tim Bonner. The star in the second season of the acclaimed Netflix series, “Last Chance U” arrived in Kamloops with a mindset of making the final roster that’ll be traveling to Saskatchewan in less than a month. First, he must adapt to a different game and possibly playing a new position. “One on one drill was a little different for me because I was at the three-technique, I’m used to playing in the five [technique]. So I’m trying to learn this side but I did well for ...
Training Camp July 21 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on Claudell Louis taking over a bigger role coaching the defensive line and how the players have conducted themselves throughout this camp.
Training Camp July 21 | Claudell Louis
Claudell talks about his increased role with the defensive line and preparing for a big test in Saskatchewan on August 6.
Training Camp July 20 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on getting a full practice in and what he likes about a few of the newcomers to this squad in 2021 camp.
Training Camp July 20 | Obum Gwacham
Defensive lineman Obum Gwacham on adjusting to the CFL game and some of these big battles in Kamloops with the offensive line.
Training Camp July 20 | David Mackie
Fullback David Mackie on his strong showing in Tuesday’s practice and his overall camp experience so far.
Training Camp July 19 | Jamel Lyles
Lions running back Jamel Lyles gives insight on week one of camp and how he is approaching it as a non-rookie in 2021/
Camp Notebook | 'Big Game' Powell Turning Heads
If you like your American CFL camp rookies to have plenty of big-game experience, look no further than Tyvis Powell. For starters, the hard-hitting safety was Defensive MVP in Ohio State’s win over Oregon in the 2015 College Football National Championship. Then following an eight-game stint on the Seattle Seahawks roster in 2016, he made his first career NFL start for the San Francisco 49ers in a Monday Night tilt two years later. Primetime, under the lights. Not many in this training ...
Camp Notebook | Scrimmage One Recap
The first of three full team scrimmages- roughly 50 or so plays involving various situations- is in the books from Hillside Stadium. And if one had any doubt as to just how hungry these men are to play for real, that definitely should have been erased Saturday morning. Simply put, it felt like a game situation based on the yelling back and smack talk back and forth. There was even some pushing and shoving at various points. “Yeah man, that was fun,” noted defensive end Chris ...
Post-Scrimmage July 17 | Anthony Cioffi
Defensive back Anthony Cioffi on an impressive showing in scrimmage and what he likes about this secondary.
Post-Scrimmage July 17 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on what he saw from the group in Saturday’s full scrimmage.
Post-Scrimmage July 17 | Marcus Sayles
Defensive back Marcus Sayles on his big showing in Saturday’s scrimmage and what he likes most about his new team so far.
Camp Notebook | Young Draft Picks Making Impression
Everyone in CFL circles is feeling like a kid on Christmas morning these days. Rob Ralph is another one with the look of an individual who received every item on his list before snagging an extra piece of fruitcake his younger sibling was eyeing at the dessert table. But now comes the task of taking down the tree and buckling down for the start of a new year. With week one of 2021 training camp almost in the books, the evaluation process becomes all that more crucial. The Lions Director of ...
Training Camp July 16 | Lucky Whitehead
Lucky Whitehead on his quest to improve in 2021 and what lifestyle changes he took seriously following the 2019 season.
Training Camp July 15 | Chris Casher
Free agent addition Chris Casher on how he is fitting in with his new squad and what he expects to bring to the Lions in 2021.
Training Camp July 15 | Sukh Chungh
Sukh Chungh on the impact Kelly Bates has had on the group plus how much he has enjoyed being back on the field every day in camp.
Camp Notebook | Rouse Draws Inspiration From Life Threatening Incident
“I’ve got a story to tell. I was shot in the head.” That’s not how you expect to start a conversation with a Lions training camp hopeful. With that, we present you the story of rookie defensive back Nydair Rouse. It goes without saying that most players on any given football field have had to overcome some type of adversity to get to this point. Not many have a story to tell quite like the youngster from Philadelphia. His story begins with being shot in the head in ...
Training Camp July 14 | Jordan X. Williams
2020 1st overall pick Jordan X. Williams on how he’s enjoyed camp to this date and how he sees himself fitting into some of the early defensive reps.
Training Camp July 14 | Shaq Johnson
Shaq Johnson on his quest to become one of the top Canadian receivers, plus thoughts on early days of camp.
Training Camp July 14 | Kelly Bates
Offensive line coach Kelly Bates on his group’s quest to be better in 2021.
Camp Notebook | Ryker, O-Line Enjoy Early Bond
There were some Blizzards in the Kamloops forecast for Tuesday afternoon. About 16 in total, if we’re being precise. As offensive line coach Kelly Bates and his group of big men were preparing to sweat it out for another round of evening practice, there was an important celebration to take care of first. Rookie Tyler Packer turned 22 years young. All the more reason to have Dairy Queen delivered to the Thompson Rivers campus. “Blizzards and maybe some Dilly Bars,” Bates ...
Training Camp July 13 | Ryker Mathews
Offensive lineman Ryker Mathews on what he loves most about his new team and how Rick Campbell has run a pretty good ship so far.
Training Camp July 13 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell likes what he has seen from his squad so far, through three days in Kamloops.
Camp Notebook | Lucky Looks To Charm
It could be argued that this Lions squad being shaped in Kamloops already had enough playmakers on offence. But even with just one full practice under their belts heading into a stretch of evening work in Kamloops, it’s clear that Lucky Whitehead will help bring his charm and a huge dynamic to this group looking to score more points in 2021. The better news? Once he really gets up to speed in the playbook, it should be more smooth. That’s what non-stop virtual meetings and seven ...
Training Camp July 12 | Rick Campbell
Head coach Rick Campbell on how night practice will do good for the squad and what he has seen through two days and film sessions so far.
Training Camp July 12 | Michael Reilly
Michael Reilly on the first few days of Kamloops and what the group is looking to accomplish day by day.
Training Camp July 12 | Bo Lokombo
Linebacker Bo Lokombo breaks down the first couple of days of camp in Kamloops.
Lee, Veterans Lovin' It More Than Ever
TJ Lee spent a good 30 minutes after Sunday practice doing a little extra work. Now granted, he needed to be close by for his post-practice media zoom availability. But that’s just Lee’s overall mindset: he loves football too much to take the foot off the gas peddle at this stage of his career. Being away from it for as long as he had only made him appreciate it even more. “It is the love of the game, the fact that miss it and I want to re-build good habits,” said ...
Training Camp July 11 | Michael Reilly
Quarterback Michael Reilly on the first official camp workout of 2021 and early returns on working under a Rick Campbell- led regime.
Training Camp July 11 | TJ Lee III
Defensive back TJ Lee on being back in camp and how he appreciates the game more now as a veteran.
Camp Is Here! 4 Key Storylines In Kamloops
Camp is officially underway. Saturday’s short walktrhough at Hillside Stadium was the first official on-field activity of any kind for the squad since November 2nd, 2019. And let me just say, damn it feels great. The beauty of Kamloops never fails to disappoint either. Even if it will be a different kind of routine to start 2021 as we continue to adhere to certain pandemic rules, having football back is great no matter what the circumstance! With all of that, comes a few interesting ...
By The Numbers | 2021 Training Camp
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot out. And with the south coast of British Columbia set to experience record numbers in temperature over the next few days (40 degrees Celsius. Seriously?), it has certainly got many inside the Lions organization jacked up for the scorching heat at training camp in Kamloops starting July 10th. But hey, CFL football is back. That’s all anyone can ask for. Given all the stupidity of the last 16 months, I’m sure many players and ...
Positional Breakdown | Defensive Line
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our defensive line. The BC Lions defensive front will have a refreshing look for the upcoming 2021 season, as all the defensive linemen on the 2019 roster are no longer playing in orange and black. Shawn Lemon led the team with eight sacks ...
Positional Breakdown | Quarterbacks
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our quarterbacks. All good things come to those who wait. And boy, that’s a saying many of us can appreciate as life on the grid iron is set to return. For Lions offensive coordinator Jordan Maksymic, he’s been champing at the ...
Positional Breakdown | Receivers
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our receivers. The Lions receiving core is stacked when it comes to providing Michael Reilly with a very generous amount of weapons on offence. Although the focal point may point towards Bryan Burnham when it comes to our receivers, ...
Positional Breakdown | Running Backs
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our running backs. Jordan Maksymic won’t blame you if you think his running backs are a position group that might be flying under the radar heading into 2021. After all, the first-year Lions offensive coordinator has quarterback ...
Positional Breakdown | The O-Line
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with our offensive line. When the Lions return to game action in Regina on August 6th, the offensive line will be looking to send a message across the league, Simply put, that they won’t let a lackluster 2019 season where they allowed 58 ...
Positional Breakdown | Linebackers
From now until the start of 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces, who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll continue this series with linebackers. In 2019, the BC Lions defence gave up 1921 total rushing yards, which was seventh-highest out of all nine teams —only ahead of Ottawa and Toronto. Meanwhile, the Lions ranked third in the CFL for allowing an average of 220.1 ...
Positional Breakdown | Special Teams
From now until the start of the 2021 training camp on July 10, bclions.com will provide a positional breakdown series to preview all the new and familiar faces who will be taking the field at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. We’ll begin with our special teams unit. It’s actually happening. CFL football is officially coming back on August 5. For us, it may be a sigh of relief or the excitement of being able to attend games again. But for the players, they now have a set date on their calendar ...