Kennedy just wants to win

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Darnell Kennedy doesn't expect to be on the sidelines the entire 2005 CFL season.

But the quarterback won't be heard complaining if he's watching someone else lead the Calgary Stampeders to the playoffs.

Kennedy, who signed with the Stamps as a free agent from Ottawa, fully expects to be a viable option for the No. 1 pivot's position.

"Whether it's Khari Jones or Henry Burris, I want to push that guy," the 26-year-old said.

"We want to be the best team we can be at the quarterback position and it's better if you have competition."

Calgary continues to negotiate with free-agent Burris, who general manager of player personnel Jim Barker said is "biding his time."

The Stamps traded Kennedy to Ottawa early in 2003, partially to make room for owner Michael Feterik's son Kevin.

He played in eight games for the Renegades last season, completing 52.7 of his passes for 893 yards, but he also fought through some injury troubles.

With the ownership change down at McMahon and the new coaching staff in place, Kennedy felt Calgary was the best place to continue his career. He also likes the city and surroundings.

"Of the places in the CFL, this one was the best one for me," Kennedy said.

"When they said they were cutting Marcus Crandell and Tommy Jones loose, I felt like there was a good spot for me there. I decided to come back.

"To have an offensive co-ordinator like Steve Buratto and a head coach like Tom Higgins, it's hard not be excited. But I have no idea what to expect from them."

MARSHALL AWARDED: Greg Marshall and his family have a lot to celebrate.

The rookie head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats picked up the 2004 CFL coach-of-the-year award yesterday on the day his middle son turned 14 years old.

Marshall beat out Mike (Pinball) Clemons of the Toronto Argonauts and Wally Buono of the B.C. Lions. The Football Reporters of Canada gave Marshall 19 first-place votes, Clemons 10 and Buono one.

"Brian's birthday is today so it's a good present for him," said Marshall, 45, who also has sons Tommy, 11, and Donnie, 15.

"I talked to Tommy (Wednesday night). He was pretty excited about (the nomination). He thought it was almost like a game, 'Dad, you have to beat Pinball.' Six times I couldn't do it."

QB RETURNS: The Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-signed veteran QB Danny McManus to a one-year deal plus an option.

McManus, who turns 41 in June, would have been in his option year this season.

"You go a season at a time," Hamilton general manager Ron Lancaster said.

"We'll worry about next year, next year."


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