KINGSTON, ONT. - Brad Sinopoli had one of his finest intercollegiate football games at Richardson Stadium. He’ll be back there this week trying to rekindle a professional career.
If the Calgary Stampeders can find him.
“I think he’s on the East Coast,” Stampeders coach John Hufnagel said Sunday, after the CFL team arrived in Kingston for two days of practice in advance of their game Thursday in Montreal.
Sinopoli, en route to the Hec Crighton award that year, threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns against the defending national champion Queen’s Golden Gaels Sept. 25, 2010. In the last six minutes of the game, he engineered two game-tying scoring drives, and his Gee-Gees won the game in overtime before a crowd of more than 9,000.
Cut by the Stampeders at the end of training camp in June, Sinopoli is now back in the mix since No. 1 quarterback Drew Tate went out of Saturday’s 39-36 loss in Toronto with a shoulder injury.
Tate is back to Calgary for an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.
“We’re hoping for the best, that he’s not out for an extended period of time, but at this time I don’t know,” Hufnagel said Sunday.
Kevin Glenn will start Thursday in Montreal. Bo Levi Mitchell, who beat out Sinopoli for the No. 3 job in training camp, will be the backup.
“We have overtures out to Brad to get him back,” Hufnagel said. “He knows the system, it’s a short turnaround (between games).
“He’s my choice.”
Sinopoli, drafted in the fourth round in 2011, made the Stampeders last year and dressed for all 18 regular-season games and the Western semi-final. He did not appear as a quarterback, but he was the holder on place kicks.
This year, he lost the No. 3 spot to Mitchell, a rookie from Eastern Washington.
In Calgary’s first pre-season game, Sinopoli drove the team for a come-from-behind win over Edmonton in the final two minutes, with a touchdown pass on third down and a completion for a two-point convert.
Then he was let go.
“He did fine (in pre-season),” Hufnagel said. “Bo just did better.
“In the pre-season game that Brad got in, he was in at the end of the game and made two outstanding throws to help us win the game.”