QB Mueller ready to impress scouts
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
If he does not make it to the Canadian Football League as a player, and the odds are not great, quarterback Marc Mueller would love to one day become a coach.
A 21-year-old student at the University of Regina, Mueller certainly has a strong pedigree. His grandfather, and father of his mother Lana, was legendary CFL quarterback and coach Ron Lancaster.
From the age of 10 to 16, Mueller figured, he would spend a month every summer with Lancaster in Hamilton, eating up all he could about the CFL.
“Just to be around some of those guys, Danny McManus and Jason Maas, I really got to learn a lot,” Mueller said. “I got to sit in on offensive meetings and soak it all in. I might have taken it for granted at the time, but I know what I should expect. The CFL is just something that has always been there for me.”
Mueller is one of two quarterbacks at the CFL’s annual evaluation camp in Toronto. The other is the University of Ottawa’s Brad Sinopoli, who was the 2010 Hec Crighton Trophy winner.
Danny Brannagan, who earned a contract with the Argonauts after the evaluation camp last year and then played in the regular-season finale in Montreal, serves as an inspiration to guys such as Mueller and Sinopoli. Mueller doesn’t need to be reminded about the extreme rarity that is the Canadian quarterback in the CFL.
“I still want to come to this camp and show the best I can be,” Mueller said. “I want the CFL scouts to say, ‘Maybe we should take a chance on this guy.’ What Danny Brannagan did was very encouraging for all Canadian quarterbacks.”