Brannagan ready for CFL debut

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

TORONTO - Danny Brannagan won’t have to pinch himself on Sunday afternoon.

The Argonauts quarterback and football pride of Burlington, in a pre-season game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, simply hopes he will take one step toward destroying the belief that Canadian pivots can’t play in the CFL.

Brannagan, to this point, has demonstrated he is a level-headed kid who has not let his first CFL camp tug at his emotions. After all, he did a lot for his reputation last fall when he led Queen’s to a Vanier Cup title. So dealing with pressure is no big whoop.

“The colour of the jersey changes, but it is still football and you have to know what you are doing,” Brannagan said on Saturday morning. “I think I am getting a little more attention (because he is a Canadian trying to make it in an American’s world), but it is nice to have some supporters.”

Brannagan has a job waiting for him in September at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hamilton. If it’s required, he has been told he can start once the football season is over.

The odds against Brannagan remain long, but that’s about the furthest thing from the 23-year-old’s mind.

“As excited as I am right now, it is just another football game,” Brannagan said. “You can psyche yourself out, get a little too nervous, but you have to prepare accordingly.”

And Brannagan knows what he wants to accomplish in the to-be-determined amount of playing time he will get against the Ticats.

“Make sure we control the ball and not have turnovers,” Brannagan said. “I can’t try to make a huge play every time. You have to take what the defence is giving you.”


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