Master of film studies

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

On so many occasions Anthony Calvillo has impressed Stampeders linebacker John Grace.

CFL quarterbacks who pass for more than 40,000 yards tend to have that effect on defenders and Grace is no different. Better still, serving as Calvillo's teammate for two seasons in Montreal (2000-01) provided Grace with extra time to study the future hall of famer, even in the film room.

"Calvillo's an excellent film watcher," reports Grace, whose former cohort has passed for close to 4,000 yards this season at a 65% success rate. "I've sat in film rooms with him when I was in Montreal and I know what he looks for and know how well he studies for games.

"He sees little keys that most quarterbacks won't pick out but Calvillo, he'll find them. That's his strength.

"That's why he's able to throw the ball before you think he'll throw the ball. He'll look at one thing on each play that lets him know where he wants to go with the ball. That's going to be our task, to realize what he's found out about our defence and how he's going to attack it."

Grace says although Calvillo is rarely credited for his athletic prowess -- instead praised for his brains -- he admires the Alouette pivot's physical skills.

"Anthony can make all the throws on the football field and he's faster than what people give him credit for because he doesn't particularly care to run the ball," Grace points out.

"But when he does, you see him running by people. He's a very deceptive quarterback because everybody gives him credit for his mind but physically he's as good as any quarterback in this league."

Calvillo, 33, credits that off-field work ethic for playing a major role in his success.

"I put a lot of time in and make sure I'm prepared for every situation when I'm on the field," the 12-year CFL veteran says. "As the years add up, I'm gaining experience to not make the same mistake over and over again."


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