The Calgary Stampeders have decided to give Drew Tate the start at quarterback Sunday when the Stampeders host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium in the Western Division Semi-Final.
Tate will be making his second career playoff start and will try to do better than he did in 2011. In last year’s western semi-final, he only completed five of ten passes for 99 yards and an interception before being replaced by Henry Burris. The Eskimos came out victorious 33-19.
Tate began the season as the Stampeders’ starting quarterback, and led them to a 38-10 win over the Montreal Alouettes in the season opener at McMahon Stadium. But then in the Stampeders’ second game of the season, Tate dislocated his shoulder and he missed 14 games.
Kevin Glenn was the starting quarterback for the majority of the season and did an admirable job in guiding the Stampeders to one of the best teams in the CFL this season.
Over the last two weeks, Tate and Kevin Glenn have shared duties, leading Calgary to wins over the British Columbia Lions and Edmonton Eskimos.
The Stampeders enter the first game of the playoffs as the favourite, having posted a 12-6 record, while Saskatchewan was only 8-10. However, the fact that Tate hasn’t played a complete game since Canada Day and a significant percentage of the crowd at McMahon Stadium will be wearing green over red, may give the Roughriders a slight edge.