Cole Sears, former quarterback at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been drafted by the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League.

Sears displayed his skills at Arkansas State’s Pro Day, catching the attention of the BC Lions.

“I felt like I was able to show them kind of my skillset and what I can bring to a team,” Sears said. “They kind of what to see me in a different position. They asked me if I played defense or played receiver, but I’ll just do whatever they ask. I’d like to play quarterback if I can, but if they want me to play something else, I’m all for it.”

Sears was the starting quarterback at UAM for three years. During his senior year, he was a second team Academic All-American for Division II, a second team All-GAC Quarterback, and was awarded CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team honors for Super-Region 3. He graduated in three years with a 3.95 GPA, receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

“Cole is the perfect example of getting rewarded for working hard and having self-discipline,” said UAM Head Coach Hud Jackson. “He will compete every day to be great. What a great representative of our university and our football program.”

The BC Lions finished their 2018 season 9-9 and 4-6 in their division. The Lions season kicks off with the first preseason game of the year on May 26.