Glenn officially Bombers No. 1

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

The football has officially been handed to Kevin Glenn.

The question now is, what is he going to do with it?

The 25-year old Glenn, who is 8-8 in 16 career CFL starts, became the Winnipeg Blue Bombers undisputed No. 1 quarterback early yesterday when they traded Khari Jones to the Calgary Stampeders.

Glenn started the past four games while Jones nursed a shoulder injury, but now there are no more questions about what will happen when Jones is healthy enough to play.

"I guess the team has faith in me and the management, they have faith in me to say, 'OK, this is your team,'" Glenn said yesterday, just minutes after bidding farewell to Jones in the Canad Inns Stadium parking lot. "I look at it with ... I would say mixed emotions."

Glenn, a Detroit native, spent the past three seasons as a backup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and he wanted out in the off-season when it became apparent the plan was to stick with Nealon Greene as the starter.

The Roughriders gave Glenn his wish in May by sending him to the Toronto Argonauts, but the Argos flipped the Illinois State alumnus to Winnipeg just a few hours later.

Glenn was going into his option year when he arrived in Winnipeg, but GM Brendan Taman locked him up with a three-year contract on July 20 -- the same day he gave Jones the now-infamous million-dollar extension.

"If a player is willing to sign a two-year (plus an option) and the club is willing to compensate him for it, there has to be some agreement there -- that they like you and you like them," Glenn said on July 20. "So something's going to happen. You have to think that way."

Yesterday it happened, and now Glenn can finally call himself a No. 1 quarterback in the CFL.

"It gives you a chance to get that title under you," said Glenn, who completed just eight of 14 passes for 73 yards during Saturday night's 47-25 loss to Montreal. "You're the starting quarterback and this is your team.

"That's all fine and dandy, but you gotta go out and get the job done."

On a personal level, Glenn was upset to see his locker-room neighbour leaving for good.

"Khari was a good friend while I was here," Glenn said. "He was a good guy I could talk to and all that kind of stuff. But at the same time, everybody wants to play. The situation that Calgary's in right now, he probably can go over there and help them a lot.

"... We'll still be friends. I'll still call him and when we see each other we'll still talk. But other than that, we gotta get ready for B.C. That's the biggest thing."

Bombers head coach Jim Daley said he is confident that all three of his quarterbacks, including backup Stanley Jackson and third-stringer Tee Martin, "can lead this team." He is also happy with what Glenn has shown, but he knows there is room for improvement.

"Kevin Glenn has demonstrated a lot to us," Daley said. "... Kevin's played good football for us. We're not good enough yet, and that's evident from (Saturday) night, and we will make every effort to get good enough -- fast."


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