Stampeders sign Canadian QB Sinopoli Staff

7/9/2012 11:58:15 AM

There's now one Canadian quarterback in the Canadian Football League this season.

The Calgary Stampeders signed former University of Ottawa quarterback Brad Sinopoli in a move needed because of Drew Tate's injury.

Sinopoli, who will serve as the third stringer, was cut at the end of training camp this season after being with the club all of 2011. Kevin Glenn will start Thursday in Montreal. Bo Levi Mitchell, who beat out Sinopoli for the No. 3 job in training camp, will be the backup.

"It's always disappointing when you don't make the team but you just have to stay positive," Sinopoli said after the Stampeders practised Monday. "I still worked out and I still threw and I was waiting for an opportunity and luckily, one came."

Sinopoli played four seasons in Ottawa and won the 2010 Hec Crighton award as the top player in Canadian university football in 2010. He led the country in all major passing categories including touchdowns (22), yards (2,756), yards per game (344.5) and completions (184).

Tate, the team's starting quarterback, was injured in Saturday's loss to the Toronto Argonauts in just the Stampeders' second possession of the game. He braced himself for a hit from Argos tackle Derrick Summers but was forced from the game after staying down on the field for some time.

"Drew and I are pretty tight so I felt bad for him, obviously, and I want him to be back healthy as fast as he can," Sinopoli said. "And he was playing well, too. I liked seeing that."