Stamps backup passes on keepsake

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 PM ET

Drew Tate threw his first pro touchdown pass in the Stamps’ 27-22 win over the B.C. Lions.

He must have kept the precious keepsake to place on a mantle somewhere. Right?

“I told them I didn’t want it,” said the Stampeders backup quarterback. “I always thought about it — if I was ever in this position — and decided I don’t want it. I want more. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way or anything like that, just I want a lot more.

“And later in life, it’s just less stuff I have to carry around when I move. I’ve got a lot of stuff from college I have to carry around, so it’s a case of less is more.”

Tate entered the game late in the second quarter when starter Henry Burris had his bell rung carrying the ball to the one-yard line. Tate promptly threw a pass to Rob Cote for a major.

Tate has seen limited action this season, but he’s made the most of it.

A 40-yard run against Saskatchewan was a big play in that game. He is also being used in short-yardage situations.

“Coaches always say, ‘Do something to get yourself noticed,’ so every time I get a play, no matter how small it is, I try to do something,” he said.

Extra points

DL DeVone Claybrooks (groin) and DL Charleston Hughes (hamstring) both didn’t practice Wednesday. “I would hope that they’re playing, but I won’t know that until later in the week,” said GM/head coach John Hufnagel. “It’s too early to say more, but I’m hoping they both progress well enough to get on the field.” For his part, Claybrooks said he expects to be fine in time for Sunday’s game against Edmonton ... The club is taking a look at Justin Warren, a linebacker/rush end who starred at Texas A&M.


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