CFL Blitz: Veteran CFL backup QBs Kevin Glenn and Jarious Jackson prove valuable

Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn yells to the bench during a game against the Roughriders at...

Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn yells to the bench during a game against the Roughriders at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., July 19, 2012. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

This is the weekend for giving thanks.

So a pair of CFL teams should recognize their veteran backup quarterbacks.

If not for the work of Kevin Glenn with the Calgary Stampeders and Jarious Jackson for the Toronto Argonauts, those two clubs wouldn’t be fighting for a share of first place this week.

The work of those two players shows again how valuable an experienced backup is when you play a gruelling 18-game schedule.

Only three teams — the Montreal Alouettes, the B.C. Lions and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats — have had one QB make all the starts this season, while only the Stamps and the Argos have had their backups pick up significant wins.

In fact, with Glenn taking over in the second quarter of Week 2, the Stamps would be sunk if not for the 33-year-old veteran pivot.

With seven wins as a starter this year, not only has Glenn moved his career win-loss record above .500, but he’s picked up the most wins by a reliever since Michael Bishop had 10 subbing for Damon Allen for the 2008 Argos.

Coming off the sidelines to pick up after an injury isn’t new to Jackson. He had nine wins in ’07 replacing Dave Dickenson with the Lions, and the victory he had Saturday in Winnipeg improved the 35-year-old’s career mark to 15-8.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Kerry Joseph could join them as important veteran backups, but the soon-to-be 39-year-old is winless in three attempts this season.

SHORT YARDAGE

In just 13 games, QB Henry Burris has already left his mark on the Tiger-Cats record book. With 32 TD passes this season, Burris just needs two to pass Kevin Glenn (32 in ’10) for the all-time single-season mark by a Ticats pivot. Even though the Ticats history is deep, Burris is already ninth in all-time Ticats TD passes thrown … With the NHL in a lockout, this is a perfect chance for the CFL to maybe gain new fans. Well, over the past three weeks, the average margin of victory has been 17.6 points per game. In Week 14, all four winners had leads of at least 16 points en route to winning. Nothing gets new viewers interested like early blowouts! … Stamps R Nik Lewis needs just 53 yards to reach 1,000 yards for the ninth straight season, which would tie him for the second-longest consecutive streak. Last week, Stamps RB Jon Cornish needed 53 yards rushing to go over 1,000 for the first time. So all Lewis has to do is take a pass 73 yards to paydirt to steal the thunder from Cornish.

LONG SNAPS

It may not sound like a huge loss on paper, but when Saskatchewan Roughriders RB Jock Sanders went down with a knee injury Saturday, it could turn out to be a crucial one for the Riders offence. In the past five weeks, during which the Riders won four games, Sanders has emerged as a 1A option alongside starting RB Kory Sheets. Sanders is rushing for 7.2 yards per carry over the past five games … Sure sign that baseball season is over: The Argos have three straight home games. Their last home game at Rogers Centre, where they share hosting duties with the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays, was Sept. 8 … With one more game, Lions K Paul McCallum will tie OL Leo Groenewegen and QB Ron Lancaster at 288 games played, putting him in the top 10 all-time. If McCallum plays every game this season, he would finish one back of fellow kicker Troy Westwood for ninth. If Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo suits up for all five remaining games, he will pass legendary OL Miles Gorrell (321) for fourth all-time.

EXTRA POINTS

One of the toughest things in the CFL is maintaining return yardage throughout and entire year. That being said, there are two players to keep an eye on as they chase records. The Ticats’ Chris Williams is on pace for 1,204 punt-return yards, which would give him the third-best season all-time behind Chris Wright (1,236) and Gizmo Williams (1,440). The Argos’ Chad Owens is on pace for 1,715 yards on kickoff returns, which would be third behind his own mark set last year (1,750) and Ian Smart (1,805) … The Lions have kept their QB clean this year, allowing just one sack per game in 13 outings. The Eskimos are the worst as giving up 36 sacks … The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the only team that hasn’t created a first possession turnover this season. The Bombers have managed just two points on their own first possessions, too.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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