Esks check out U of Hawaii QB

AJAY BHARDWAJ -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

They may be loaded at quarterback, but that hasn't stopped the Eskimos from looking at University of Hawaii product Tim Chang.

Head coach Danny Maciocia wouldn't say whether Chang has turned up on the team's negotiation list, usually occupied by about 35 players. But he confirmed the Esks have studied the six-foot-one, 209-pound signal-caller and seven other quarterbacks.

"He's definitely a good one,"said Maciocia. "We've taken a look at, without exaggerating, at least eight quarterbacks. He would be one of many we've looked at and just like other teams have too.

"He is a talent and he can throw the football down the field and that's something every team would like to have ... He's going to make a living playing quarterback regardless of whether it's the NFL or the CFL."

With Jason Maas, Khari Jones, Bart Hendricks and Jason Johnson competing for a quarterbacking job with the Eskimos, Maciocia says his team is "well-positioned going to camp."

Chang spent his career under the tutelage of former CFLer June Jones in a run-and-shoot offence at Hawaii, where he finished as the NCAA career passing leader with 17,072 yards.

"Watching the June Jones offences over the last few years, you realize there are a lot of reads that go into throwing the football downfield,"Maciocia said.

"You have to know what coverage (the opponent) is playing and where that ball goes, depending on the coverage you're going to get.

"But I would say if he had a struggle, it would be when he was under centre and that's one of the so-called problems (he had)."

Maciocia figured Chang would have been chosen in the later rounds of the NFL draft. Instead he signed with the Arizona Cardinals as un-drafted free agent.

"It's going to be interesting to see how he does and hopefully he has a chance to stick around in Arizona and play a couple of pre-season games because they're predominantly ... under centre."


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