Ray passes Dunigan in completions
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Ricky Ray has taken one step closer to becoming the complete package.
Make that the completion package.
The Edmonton Eskimos quarterback threw 21 successful passes last Friday to move past Matt Dunigan into fifth on the CFL’s all-time list with 3,068 completions.
“It’s pretty cool, you’re passing a pretty darn good quarterback in Matt Dunigan,” said Ray, 31. “That’s one of the strengths of my game, is completions, so it’s kind of nice to move up in that category.”
Indeed, Ray has never thrown for less than 63.2% completions, which occurred in his rookie CFL season in 2002.
His career 66.9% completions sits him second behind Dave Dickenson’s 67.5%.
The most completions Ray’s ever thrown was in the 2005 championship season, when he completed a CFL-record 479 of 715 pass attempts.
“But when you look at the grand scheme of things and see what the guy out east is doing,” he chuckled, referring to Montreal Alouettes pivot Anthony Calvillo, “you realize how far away you are in moving up any further.”
Last month, Calvillo passed Damon Allen’s all-time completions record with his 5,159th.