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Marcus Crandell

Marcus Crandell
Ottawa Redblacks
Date of birth: (1974-06-01) June 1, 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina
Career information
CFL status: International
Position(s): QB
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College: East Carolina
High school: Roanoke
Hand: Right
As coach:

Saskatchewan Roughriders*
Edmonton Eskimos (OC/QB coach)
Edmonton Eskimos (QB coach)
Ottawa Redblacks (QB coach)

*Offensive Assistant
As player:
Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)
Scottish Claymores (NFLE)
Memphis Maniax (XFL)
Calgary Stampeders (CFL)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 2001 Grey Cup MVP
Career stats
Playing stats at

Marcus Crandell (born June 1, 1974) is a former professional Canadian football quarterback who is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League. He played 11 seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1997 to 2008 while also spending time in NFL Europe and the XFL. Crandell was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player after the Stampeders won the 89th Grey Cup in 2001. He also won a Grey Cup championship with the Roughriders in 2007 as the team's backup quarterback.

Early life

Crandell played high school football at Roanoke High School, located in Robersonville, NC. He went on to play college football at East Carolina University, where he established more than 30 passing and offensive records. He was a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1996. He led the Pirates to two post-season bowl appearances, including a 19-13 victory over Stanford in the 1995 Liberty Bowl.

  • 1994: 230/401 for 2,687 yards with 21 TD vs. 15 INT. Also ran for 96 yards with 1 TD.[1]
  • 1995: 235/447 for 2,751 yards with 18 TD vs. 12 INT. Also ran for 201 yards with 6 TD.
  • 1996: 136/245 for 1,507 yards with 16 TD vs. 10 INT. Also ran for 109 yards.

Professional career

His professional career has included CFL stops at Saskatchewan as well as Edmonton and Calgary, a stint in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores, and a season with the XFL's Memphis Maniax.

Crandell entered the CFL by signing with the Eskimos on May 6, 1997. He dressed for 35 games before being granted free agency on Feb. 16, 2000. Crandell then quarterbacked the Memphis Maniax of the now-defunct XFL and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 2000. But after failing to stick with the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers, he signed a free agent pact with the Stampeders on May 31, 2001. He won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2001 and spent a total of four seasons with Calgary. He signed as a free agent with the Roughriders in March of 2005 and also spent four seasons with the team, primarily as a backup, winning a Grey Cup championship in 2007.

Coaching career

Crandell was hired by the Roughriders as an offensive assistant on July 7, 2009.[2]

In 2011, he became the Offensive Coordinator of the Edmonton Eskimos. He was demoted to quarterbacks coach midway through the 2012 season and did not return to the Eskimos coaching staff in 2013.

For the 2014 season, Crandell joined the expansion Ottawa Redblacks as their quarterbacks coach.


Preceded by
Kerry Joseph
Saskatchewan Roughriders Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Michael Bishop (football player)
Preceded by
Robert Drummond
Grey Cup MVP
Succeeded by
Anthony Calvillo

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