Kevin Glenn was supposed to be the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ backup quarterback this season.
Less than two quarters into the 2015 campaign, Glenn was thrust into the starter’s role, a position he’ll continue after starter Darian Durant suffered a season-ending injury on Saturday.
“I know he’s out,? noted Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin, whose team dropped a 30-26 decision to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the regular-season opener for both teams.
Durant was seen leaving Mosaic Stadium on crutches midway through the fourth quarter with a protective boot on his left foot. The team later announced that he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Saskatchewan fans and Durant’s teammates watched the star quarterback get carted off the field with 37 seconds remaining in the second quarter trailing 15-14. Durant wasn’t touched on the play _ an incomplete pass attempt to Jamel Richardson. It appeared as though Durant landed awkwardly on his left foot after he released the pass.
Chamblin said Durant couldn’t put any pressure on the injured foot.
“It’s really tough to see that happen. I talk to Darian all the time and he’s like an older brother to me,? said Bombers quarterback Drew Willy, a former backup behind Durant. “Darian took me under his wing when I first came up here, so to see him go down is really hard for me.?
Willy carved up the Roughriders defence, especially in the second half. He connected with slotback Nick Moore, who made a sliding catch on an 18-yard touchdown strike, one that put Winnipeg ahead with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Willy finished the day 22-for-25 passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. He hooked up with Cameron Marshall on a 14-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, and after Marshall added the two-point convert, the game was tied at 23-23.
Chris Milo then booted a 19-yard field goal to put Saskatchewan ahead 26-23 before Willy engineered a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped with Moore’s touchdown.
“Drew was just being Drew. That’s nothing new to us,? Moore said. “We see him do that stuff every day at practice. Everybody stepped up big, the O-line, our running game, Drew was lights out. That’s all you can ask for.?
Jerome Messam took a handoff from Glenn and rumbled 53 yards for a go-ahead touchdown that gave the Riders a 20-15 lead to start the second half. Chris Getzlaf caught a two-point convert from Glenn.
“I’ve experienced it two years in a row in Calgary and last year in B.C.,? Glenn said of being pushed into the starter’s role. “I’m always prepared as if I’m going to play. I was coached that way when I first came into the league. I’ve tried to implement that over the course of my career.
“It’s one of those things where you never want to wish anything bad on anybody, but you’re still a competitor. When it comes down to your time to play, you want to go out and help the team win.?
Durant tore a tendon in his right throwing elbow in Week 11 last season _ also against Winnipeg _ and missed the remainder of the regular season and the West semifinal.
Durant looked sharp on Saturday before the injury. He completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns including one to Taj Smith that covered 36 yards and one to Ryan Smith for 53 yards.
Glenn finished the day 13-for-18 for 120 yards and one interception.
Paris Cotton rushed 13 times for 108 yards to lead the Bombers. He added four receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown.
[b]"On January 3, 2012, Glenn was traded to the Calgary Stampeders along with Mark Dewit and a conditional draft pick for Henry Burris. Glenn was brought in by the Stamps to serve as a backup for starter Drew Tate. When Tate went down with a major injury in week 2 Glenn became the starter. Kevin Glenn went on to start the next 15 games for the Stampeders, winning 10 of them.
On May 13, 2014, Glenn was traded to the BC Lions during the 2014 CFL Draft in exchange for the fifth overall pick in that draft. With Travis Lulay suffering a major injury, Kevin Glenn started in 17 of the 18 regular season games, and also in the Eastern Semi-Final.
On February 19, 2015, Glenn signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, returning him to the team that he began his professional career with."[/b]
Now, it looks like he will replace yet another star signal caller for the season.
Has Kevin Glenn become bad luck for CFL starting quarterbacks??
With SSKs dubious O-line they will need a mobile QB and Glenn obviously isnt it.
Its going to be a long year for them. Chamblin will be exposed has the highly ordinary coach that he is.
Rider fans always need a scapegoat and my money is on him.
He falsely blamed last season's failing on George Cortez and Richie Hall. The same two people who won him a Grey cup the year before.
He has new co-ordinators this season. Jacques Chapdelaine, who previously won 3 Grey cups and one Vanier cup is the new offensive co-ordinator in town.
Sadly, if the greenies fails again this year, Chamblin will find a way to blame this person too.