According to TSN on Monday, the Calgary Stampeders have named Bo Levi Mitchell as their starting quarterback to start the 2014 Canadian Football League regular season. Mitchell beat out Drew Tate for the starting job during the exhibition season.
In Calgary’s lone preseason victory, a 23-20 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday, June 14 at McMahon Stadium, Mitchell was the more effective quarterback. He completed eight of 11 passes for 76 yards. Tate meanwhile only completed 40% of his passes, completing two of five passes for 28 yards.
Then last week, Mitchell and Tate were both ineffective statistically in a 37-13 loss to the British Columbia Lions. Mitchell and Tate completed half of their pass attempts each (Mitchell completed 10 of 20 pass attempts for 100 yards and Tate completed six of 12 passes for 86 yards), but had two interceptions each. Tate meanwhile threw the lone touchdown pass for the Stampeders. It was a 13 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to Simon Charbonneau-Campeau.
In 2013, Mitchell completed 94 of 135 pass attempts for 1156 yards, ten touchdowns and three interceptions. Tate meanwhile completed 59 of 87 pass attempts for 755 yards, with five touchdowns and an interception last season. Both Tate and Mitchell were in the backup role to starting quarterback Kevin Glenn.
Glenn was picked up by the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks in the offseason in the expansion draft. Glenn later moved to the B.C. Lions when RedBlacks management decided to sign former Stampeder Henry Burris from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as their starting quarterback.
The Stampeders will have Mitchell at the helm when they start their regular season on Saturday, June 28 against the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium. Game time will be 1 p.m.
The other games this weekend to start the 2014 Canadian Football League season are the Toronto Argonauts at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, the Edmonton Eskimos at the British Columbia Lions on Saturday and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday. The Hamilton-Saskatchewan game will be a Grey Cup rematch from a year ago.
In other CFL news, the Toronto Argonauts have released wide receiver Romby Bryant. Bryant played for the Stampeders from 2009-2012. Also the Montreal Alouettes shocked the CFL world by releasing slotback Jamel Richardson, who has played with Montreal for the last 6 seasons. Richardson has also played 10 CFL seasons as he began his career by playing four years in Saskatchewan.