Stamps QB Kevin Glenn brings veteran voice
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Stampeders QB Kevin Glenn has provided a voice of experience in the locker-room and on the field. (QMI Agency File)
CALGARY - Now that Kevin Glenn is in the top 12 all-time in passing yards, he can look at accomplishing another milestone.
This one won’t put him among the elite company, though.
If Glenn leads the Calgary Stampeders to a fifth consecutive victory next Sunday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, it will be a personal-best win streak.
Only once before in his 12-year career has Glenn started in four straight victories, and that was in 2010 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“It doesn’t feel like a rarity, maybe because I’ve played for so long,” said Glenn, who passed Dieter Brock on the CFL’s all-time passing list during Friday’s 44-3 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“Wins and losses have come here and there. It’s one of those feelings that is contagious. The more positive you think, the more positive outcomes will happen.
“When you have that mindset going around the locker-room, you start to feed off each other. It becomes a good atmosphere around the offices and meeting rooms.”
Before Friday’s win — when Glenn burned his former team by going 17-of-23 passing for 298 yards and a TD — the 33-year-old pivot wasn’t exactly lighting it up.
However, in the past four games, he has been managing the offence well and posting a passer rating of 101.6.
Glenn has raised his season passer rating to 97.5, just a shade off the career-best 97.6 he posted in 2010, when he threw for 5,102 yards and 33 TDs for the Ticats.
Perhaps what Glenn is doing best is providing the youthful Stampeders offence with a veteran voice.
The average age of the offensive line over the past month is 26, thanks to a plethora of injuries. First-year receivers Joe West and Maurice Price have been worked into the lineup as well.
Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel credited his leaders for making their voices heard during a stretch where the team is winning games but losing players to various injuries.
“It’s one thing to think about it and keep it to yourself. Only you feel it, then,” Hufnagel said. “When you have some leadership that will voice it, it’s an osmosis process.
“For it to permeate throughout the team, that’s really what you need to face adverse situations.”
The Stamps knew going into the game against Winnipeg that if they played hard, they should win easily. Still, there was no letdown against a struggling club.
That mentality will be needed next week when Glenn leads the team into Regina again. This is the same Riders team they beat 17-10 at Mosaic Stadium to start this winning streak.
Undisciplined play with their second-string quarterback, Drew Willy, also cost the Riders Sunday in Montreal when they lost 28-17 to the Alouettes.
Glenn won’t let the Stamps get full of themselves. He’s certainly not feeling that way.
“I agree with Huf, as far as leadership and keeping an even keel,” Glenn said. “We celebrate that win at that time of the win. Then, you go on to the next.
“What we did now has no bearing about what’s going to happen next week against Saskatchewan. We have to make sure — old guys, young guys, middle guys — it all balances out. We have to make sure the leaders keep the even keel. That will help us down the stretch in those close games.”
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