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Calling All Arms: Burris won't rest on laurels for Stampeders

Matt Dunigan
6/15/2011 1:37:08 AM
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Henry Burris (Temple, 13th year in CFL, 10th with Stamps) is fresh off his Most Outstanding Player year in 2010. Rest assured, he won't be resting on his laurels and even if he did, offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson (former all-star QB) or head coach John Hufnagel (former all-star QB) will be on him like a bum on a bologna sandwich.

Burris still has one of the strongest arms in the league and can gut a defence with his legs. He gives his team a chance to win every time out and will have the tools around him to get it done. His quick strike ability is second to no-one in the CFL.

His understudy, Drew Tate (Iowa, 4th year in the league, 3rd with Calgary) has been nothing short of spectacular in his relief appearances and in short yardage situations. The analysis goes beyond just the incredible numbers he's put up in those instances; it's been his flawless decision-making that has impressed just as much. He has shown an uncanny ability to make sound decisions each and every time when taking the reigns of the Stamps' offense.

You don't believe me? Go to TSN.ca, click on CFL, then stats, then go 12 spots down to Drew Tate and check out his stats. In the words of one on my colleagues, James Cybulski "It's Ri-Donk-ulous!" The only other QB with a higher efficiency rating than Tate's was Santos from Montreal.

Moving on, we have Canadian stud Brad Sinopoli (Ottawa, 1st year) who has all the tangibles and measurable attributes you want in a signal caller. Love the approach coach Hufnagel had when he asked Dickenson to evaluate Sinopoli on video, asking Dave to imagine him in a different uniform at a big time Division I program, and see if you would like him. I believe anyone who knows football, and that position in particular, would be happy to have Brad in camp learning their system because the kid has what it takes and just needs that chance. Now, he's in tough because of Steven Gachette (Southwest Baptist, 1st year) is making a favorable impression as well.
 
Bottom Line: Burris is a winner; Tate's stock continues to rise; Sinopoli is the next Canadian QB to make a significant impact for a team; Gachette sticks on the practice roster.




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