O'Connor and Deschamps attend the BC Lions Training Camp

On Thursday, May 28th, UBC's Michael O'Connor and Brandon Deschamps got their fist taste of life in the pros at the BC Lions Training Camp. O'Connor, a quarterback and transfer from Penn State, will join UBC for the 2015 season. Deschamps, earned a training camp invite from the Lions as an undrafted CIS priority signing following a productive 2014 campaign for the Thunderbirds.

As part of the CFL’s ongoing effort to develop elite Canadian quarterbacks, the Lions welcomed UBC pivot Michael O’Connor (#11) to Training Camp.

Hosted by the city of Kamloops, the BC Lions made use of the facilities at Thompson Rivers University, the Tournament Capital Centre, and Hillside Stadium.

At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, O'Connor was one of the year's top NCAA transfer prospects.

O'Connor led IMG to an 8-2 record his senior year, throwing for 1,804 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games and was named an Under Armour All-American. In Penn State's spring game, O'Connor finished 11-for-16 for 81 yards. O'Connor will have all five years of eligibility with the Thunderbirds.

In his final season with the Thunderbirds, Deschamps (#47) tallied 1,191 yards on 167 carries with seven majors. The Prince George native added another 39 yards on four receptions.

Signed as a free agent in May of 2015, this is Deschamps first time at Training Camp and first year in the CFL. "You know, it’s a dream," says Deschamps, a running back. "Everybody says it, but you don’t realize how special it is until you get the opportunity to be here."

"I remember at the Senior Bowl [in Grade 12], we were in the BC Lions locker room and Wally Buono came and talked to us. One of the things he said was, ‘Someone’s gotta play professional football, why not you guys?’ I was one of the guys that bought into that idea back then and I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to try and do that.” - Brandon Deschamps


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