Prince McJunkins - Quarterback - 1983-84 - Wichita State
Oklahoman - 09-03-1983
Former Wichita State quarterback Prince McJunkins of Muskogee has signed a
three-year contract with the Ottawa Rough Riders, the Canadian Football
League team announced Tuesday.
An elusive yet strong 170-pounder, McJunkins set WSU and Missouri Valley
Conference records for total offense with 6,591 yards. He was honored as
the MVC Player of the Year in both 1981 and 1982. Upon his induction
into the Shocker Hall of Fame in 1989, he held or shared career records
for most points, rushing attempts, total offense and plays, and ranked
third in rushing yards and second in passing.
McJunkins brought one of the most colorful names in the history of the CFL in addition to an impressive collegiate record to Ottawa in 1983. Having been released from the Washington Redskins in 1982 McJunkins came highly touted to Ottawa.
He made the club in 1983 serving as a 3rd sting quarterback behind J.C. Watts and Chris Isaacs. Watts had been a hero of McJunkins and he learned a lot from the pivot with a similar scrambling style. McJunkins proved his abilities as a runner in limited action with 328 yards on 38 carries but struggled throwing the ball with a 41.3 completion percentage.
Prince would return with Ottawa in 1984 in a similar back-up role again seeing limited action he would throw for 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The athletic quarterback would see his professional career come to a close with Ottawa in 1984.
A memorable name with an all too brief stay in the CFL.
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