Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 24, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 24, 2014

    Huff announces starting QB
    Head Coach John Hufnagel announced today that Bo Levi Mitchell will be the starting quarterback for the home-opener against the Montreal Alouettes.

    Stampeders Taking Different Direction
    CTV's Heath Brown has more on John Hufnagel's decision to go with Bo Levi Mitchell instead of Drew Tate as the Stampeders' No. 1 quarterback.

    CFL News and Notes
    Bo Levi Mitchell named Stampeders' starter; Lions place Travis Lulay and Emmanuel Arceneaux on one-game injured list; Eskimos extend Mike Reilly.

    A competition for the highest-profile position on the football field makes for a compelling storyline, so it’s no surprise that fans and media had been fixated on the battle for the No. 1 quarterback job with the Calgary Stampeders.
    Much had been written and said about the arms race between Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell and Stamps head coach and general manager John Hufnagel was asked almost daily for a progress update on the competition.

    Calgary Stampeders settle on Bo Levi Mitchell as opening-day starter
    John Hufnagel answered the question before it could even be asked.
    The Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach kicked off his post-practice media scrum by announcing Bo Levi Mitchell is his starting quarterback.
    “OK, I’ll answer the question that’s going to be asked,” Hufnagel said. “After a lot of deliberation, thought and discussions with Dave (Dickenson), examining all the results we had throughout training camp practices and the two pre-season games, it was very close. It was a photo finish, so to speak.

    Calgary Stampeders QB Drew Tate now a backup
    Drew Tate has spent a lot of time on the sidelines the last few seasons.
    But this time, he’ll be healthy.
    Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel named Bo Levi Mitchell as the club’s No. 1 quarterback Monday.
    But while Tate certainly wasn’t thrilled with the news, he said he wasn’t taking it personal.

    Calgary Stampeders' Marquay McDaniel looks to build on breakout year
    Marquay McDaniel was The Man last season.
    With virtually every receiver missing various chunks of action with a variety of injuries, McDaniel stood and delivered.
    Week after week. Until he suffered a season-ending injury of his own in the regular-season finale.
    But after recording his first 1,000-yard campaign, the 30-year-old could make a case for more balls to be thrown his way.
    “Marquay’s not that type of guy,” Stamps receivers coach Pete Costanza said. “Whether he had an all-star season or not, he’s a professional.

    Stamps hand the ball to Bo Levi Mitchell
    Technically, John Hufnagel serves as the head coach and general manager of the Calgary Stampeders.
    On Monday, he added another unofficial title to his resume — that of chief firefighter charged with extinguishing a simmering quarterback controversy before it rages out of control.
    Inquiring minds wanted to know: will veteran Drew Tate start at quarterback? Or the youngster, Bo Levi Mitchell?

    Stamps receivers have faith in new starter Bo Levi Mitchell
    Nik Lewis never attempted to conceal his allegiance to Kevin Glenn, his former quarterback and roommate on the road.
    In fact, the Calgary Stampeders slotback stumped tirelessly on behalf of Glenn, one of the most underrated field generals in the modern era of the CFL.
    But with Glenn off to Vancouver to throw footballs for the B.C. Lions, Lewis is ready to line up with 24-year-old Bo Levi Mitchell at quarterback.
    On Monday, head coach/general manager John Hufnagel named Mitchell the Day 1 starter over veteran Drew Tate.

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