By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: September 01, 2010 3:00 PM
BRADY CHURLY, W.J. MOUAT HAWKS
Keeping track of Brady Churly at W.J. Mouat Hawks’ training camp is a challenge, to say the least.
The 17-year-old senior is lining up all over the field for the Mouat senior varsity squad. On offence, he’ll start as a slot receiver, but he’ll also take some snaps at quarterback and line up as a fullback in certain formations. On defence, he’s a starting outside linebacker, and he serves as the team’s punter.“He’s been our biggest surprise of training camp,” Hawks coach Denis Kelly said of Churly. “He’s got a lot of ability.”
Churly’s journey to his multi-purpose role has been a roundabout one. He’s a QB by trade, and in 2008, he helped the Mouat junior squad win the B.C. title while splitting the snaps with Cam Bedore.
Churly and Bedore reprised their two-headed-QB routine last fall, but a mid-season absence from the team and a late-season thumb injury derailed Churly’s year. Meanwhile, Bedore staked his claim to the starting job by leading the Hawks to the AAA title game.
Over the summer, both Bedore and Churly cracked the roster of B.C.’s under-18 team, but over the course of the national championship tourney, Churly made a gradual shift from QB to receiver. He thrived in his new role, making several key catches as B.C. won bronze.
Churly’s multi-faceted contributions will be crucial for the Hawks, who are B.C.’s No. 1-ranked AAA team heading into the preseason.
“It’s a lot to live up to,” Churly said of the No. 1 ranking. “But I think we’re going to be really good this year.”