CFL on TSN analyst Matt Dunigan breaks down the quarterback situation for each team heading into the 2012 regular season.
Drew Tate, Iowa (6th CFL/4th Calgary)
Tate takes the helm for the Stampeders in 2012 after he dethroned the reigning 2010 MOP Henry Burris from that post with three games remaining last season. Tate's dynamic play, production and leadership on the field earned enough trust from head coach John Hufnagel and offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson to justifiably make the switch.
Now that Drew has the starters role, all eyes will be on the young, exciting QB from Texas. Being the starter is a completely different animal than coming off the bench and spot playing. Drew got a taste of that last season for three plus games.
Like all CFL fans, I'm excited to see what this kid can do as the true No. 1 guy. There will be some ups and downs along the way, but I believe Stamp fans are in for a real treat watching this exciting QB in 2012. Tate's preseason play indicates that it's going to be a fun season at McMahon Stadium.
Kevin Glenn, Illinois State (12th CFL/1st Calgary)
What an awesome insurance policy in case Tate gets injured. Having a quality QB like Kevin Glenn in this capacity is very rare indeed. Kerry Joseph in Edmonton and Jarious Jackson in Toronto are the only other backup QBs with the type of pedigree and experience. Think about the offensive meetings going on with, Dickenson, Tate, and Glenn and then Huffer sticks his head in the door and chimes in; crazy knowledge and scheming going on, for sure!
Glenn showed his capabilities and experience this preseason, looking like a seasoned veteran in command of the field.
Bo Levi Mitchell, Eastern Washington (1st CFL/1st Calgary )
Mitchell has got to be soaking all this up like a big ole' sponge! What I've witnessed with this kid's play this pre-season is he has a huge upside. He was not overwhelmed and he looked like he belonged. Bo is a quick study and another take charge signal caller from Texas.
Calgary is a brilliant situation for this kid to learn everything he can about the CFL, but without much playing time!
I feel compelled to write about Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa (2nd CFL/2nd Calgary). Brad did absolutely everything he could do during his time with the Stamps. In fact, he was outstanding late in the pre-season win over Edmonton. Confident, poised, and when the team needed him the most, Brad stepped up and delivered. The TD strike to put them down by two was money and then the poise and accuracy he showed on the two-point conversion was BANG on!
Truly a clutch throw by an extremely talented young QB! Hope to see Brad get another shot, soon.