Jarious enters his first year as the Lions’ quarterbacks coach following a successful eight-year CFL career, seven of which were spent in a BC uniform from 2005 to 2011. Most recently, Jarious was a member of the 2012 Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. He was released by the Argonauts in February 2013 and promptly returned to the Leos to announce his retirement and join the coaching staff.
Jarious played his collegiate football at Notre Dame where he was a two-year starter and set school records for passing (2,753 yards), attempts (316) and completions (184) during the 1999 season. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2000 and spent four seasons in the club’s system including one year with the Barcelona Dragons of the now-defunct NFL Europe.
He joined the Lions as a free agent in 2004 before being elevated to the active roster during the 2005 season behind then quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Casey Printers. By 2006, Jarious was seeing significant time at quarterback with alternating injuries to both starting pivots and ultimately played in every game that year outside of the regular season finale.
With a Grey Cup championship under his belt following the 2006 season, Jarious started 11 games in 2007 as injuries again sidelined both Dickenson and Buck Pierce. The club enjoyed a 9-2 run with Jackson under centre that year as well as a franchise-high 14 wins overall. Through the 2008 to 2011 seasons, Jarious continued to provide the club with extraordinary service as a backup quarterback and developed a league-wide reputation as on the CFL’s top playing-tutors.
The Lions’ historic 2011 championship run was notably highlighted by key personnel changes by GM Wally Buono, offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine’s play calling; starting quarterback Travis Lulay’s Most Outstanding Player performance as well as the keen veteran presence of Jarious as Lulay’s extra set of eyes on the sidelines. His Lions career wrapped up that year with a total of 108 games, 499 completions on 919 attempts for 7,032 yards and 51 touchdowns.
Following his release from the Lions in February of 2012, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts where he quickly assumed the same role behind starting quarterback Ricky Ray. Again showing that his playing skills were as valued as his football sense, Jarious started four games for the Argos when Ray went down to injury in the later stages of the 2012 campaign. Steadying the ship until Ray’s return, Toronto would go on to defeat the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup giving Jarious his third championship ring and second in as many years.
Jarious and his partner Jaynine have two children and split their offseason time between Vancouver and Houston.