Ottawa Rough Riders

Prince McJunkins - Quarterback - 1983-84 - Wichita State

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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.

In his four collegiate years, McJunkins completed 304 of 613 passes for 4,544 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ran 623 times for 2,047 yards and 27 more TDs.

The first player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 4,000 was this Wichita State quarterback. He was a master at running Coach Willie Jeffery’s option offense. He concluded his college career by leading WSU to an 8-3 record in 1982, the school’s best mark in 21 years. McJunkins’ No. 1 uniform was retired. He and Linwood Sexton are the only two WSU football players so honored.

 

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 is the fourth young quarterback on Ottawa's team. He joins Chris Isaacs, who last year was named CFL Rookie of the Year, Kevin Starkey and Donnie Little.

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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.

 

Prince McJunkins       Wichita State          
    Passing           Rushing    
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg C Yds Avg Lg TD
1983 Ott 46 19 234 41.3 1 2 23 37 328 8.9 31 0
1984 Ott 33 16 224 48.5 2 4 44 14 91 6.5 19 0
Total 2 79 35 458 44.3 3 6 44 51 419 8.2 31 0

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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