The Calgary Stampeders might be having a little fun with their rivalry with former teammates now with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
But Bo Levi Mitchell got dead serious when he was asked about what he learned from backing up quarterback Kevin Glenn.
Glenn, now serving as starting QB for the Riders, was with the Stampeders in 2012 and ’13, right as Mitchell was finding his feet in the Canadian game.
“Early on, Kev was a huge part of my career as far as a learning tool for me to pick his brain and use my eyes to watch him and watch how he played the game,” Mitchell said Friday. “At that point in time, I was still locked in to the American game, so (I was trying) to understand this is a guy’s who’s done it for a long time and done it well, so how has he been successful?”
The respect between the QBs is mutual, and Glenn — who is 116 yards short of 50,000 passing yards in his career — said he remembered being impressed when he first saw Mitchell enter the league.
And if his younger teammate wanted help, Glenn was happy to provide it however he could.
“That was one thing — when me and Bo were here when I first saw him, he kind of reminded me a lot of myself at the time,” Glenn said. “He was so inquisitive. He was very coachable. When you told him something, he took it from the classroom onto the field, and I was very similar, and I think that’s why I was able to have the career I did, because I listened.”
While Glenn is definitely closer to the end of his career than the beginning at this point, he’s started strongly for the Riders after a couple seasons spent bouncing around the league.
Through three games, he’s already thrown for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns, and the Stampeders are taking the threat that he presents seriously.
“When he was here, he was a good pro,” Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson said about Glenn. “We won a lot of games with Kevin, and I was very confident whenever he played that we’d win. I kind of think he’s been (underestimated) his whole career — not a lot of respect. But I think he’s obviously just been winning everywhere he goes — putting up numbers.”
Rob Cote was moved to the one-game injured list Monday, and while rumours had been circulating that he was dealing with a bug of some sort, it turns out that he is currently undergoing the CFL’s concussion protocol.
“We’ll hopefully get him back next week,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson.
Also removed from the lineup was Canadian receiver Juwan Brescacin, and it appears that he’ll be out for a while.
Brescacin was placed on the six-game injured list with an undisclosed injury after Dickenson acknowledged that the 24-year-old might be out for a while when he missed practice earlier in the week.
Stepping in for Brescacin will be veteran receiver Rory Kohlert.
“When (Kohlert) played against (the) Winnipeg (Blue Bombers), I thought he did some things on special teams, as well,” Dickenson said. “He’s a good, consistent veteran that we have confidence in. When we signed him, we figured he’d be a nice complementary role, so he’ll get his chance this week.”
ON PRACTICE ROSTER
After being placed on the one-game injured list prior to last weekend’s loss to the host Montreal Alouettes, Randy Colling was moved to the Stampeders practice roster on Friday.
Colling, the Stamps first-round selection in the 2017 draft, still hasn’t appeared in a game this season, although he was included on the reserve list for Game 3 against the Blue Bombers.
The 27-year-old missed the beginning of training camp due to an injury and was shifted from defensive line to offensive line earlier in the season.