Former BYU quarterback Max Hall cut by Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Jason Olson, Deseret News
Max Hall is in need of a football team to call home again.
The former BYU quarterback was cut by the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday, one of 11 players the team released in advance of the regular season.
Hall started nine games last season in a bad year for the Blue Bombers; he threw for 1,999 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions while going 1-8 as a starter.
He was the only quarterback from last year's 3-15 team to return to Winnipeg this season. According to the Winnipeg Sun, Hall was not asked to join the team's practice squad.
During the preseason, Hall struggled, completing 6 of 14 passes for 53 yards and an interception in two games. Meanwhile, other backups put up better numbers: Brian Brohm completed 7 of 16 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, while rookie Robert Marve completed 5 of 8 passes for 90 yards and a score.
Hall's interception during the preseason came during a particularly damaging time, late in the fourth quarter of the Blue Bombers' 23-20 loss to Calgary last Saturday.
Drew Willy, who was traded to Winnipeg in February and has four career CFL starts, has solidified himself as the starting quarterback for the Blue Bombers. He earned the lion's share of snaps during the preseason.
When asked about Hall being released, Winnipeg coach Mike O'Shea chose to talk about the potential of Brohm.
"We were very pleased with Brian Brohm's upside; we thought he can make throws all over the field," O'Shea told reporters during a press conference Friday morning, according to video coverage on the team's website. "His vision of the field is good, and I think with more time, he's got quite a bit of upside. I like his demeanor, too."
According to Bob Irving, the sports director of CJOB 68 and radio voice for the Blue Bombers, Hall was surprised by the news.
Max hall was stunned when the bombers released him--probably felt the experience he gained last year would stand him in good stead— Bob Irving (@BobIrvingCJOB) June 20, 2014
Before joining the Blue Bombers last season, Hall spent a year as a student assistant coach at BYU in 2012. After going undrafted in 2010, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals and started three games that year. However, he was released by the Cardinals in 2011 and spent the year on injured reserve.
Hall's release leaves just two former BYU players on CFL rosters: quarterback John Beck plays for the BC Lions and rookie wide receiver JD Falslev is with the Toronto Argonauts.
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