The big red spotlight is finally focused on Drew Tate.
No longer will Tate be out of focus on the sidelines, no, now Tate is the main man in Calgary.
Following an impressive audition at the end of last season and in the playoffs, Tate assumes the mantle of the Stampeders’ starting quarterback.
Does he have any concerns about taking over the most visible spot on the field?
“Itching. Just itching to get back,” sad Tate in a recent interview.
Knowing full well that he will be under heavy scrutiny in his new role, Tate has already invested considerable time in his preparation.
“I lived in Cleveland for about three months just to get ready,” he noted.
“I worked with a coach on some position-specific things like the core and a lot of shoulder work. It’s amazing the science that goes into training athletes. The people were awesome.”
“Right now this is the most important thing in my life, except for family, friends and faith” he added.
Tate took over the starting role for the final three games of the 2011 season, and impressed head coach John Hufnagel to the point where he anointed him the starting pivot for Calgary’s playoff game against the Eskimos.
However, his run of success would end in Edmonton. Tate completed just five passes for 99 yards and an interception, en-route to being replaced by Henry Burris in a 33-19 loss to the Eskimos.
“Edmonton did a good job. We were able to run the ball, but our passing game just couldn’t connect. I wasn’t seeing the field well in the first half,” reflected Tate.
Mark Stephen is Sports Director of CHQR Radio in Calgary and has broadcast Calgary Stampeder games since 1996. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkonFootball.
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