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. Drew Tate, Iowa (6th CFL/4th Calgary) Tate takes the helm for the Stampeders in 2012 after he dethroned the reigning 2010 MOP Henry Burris from that post with three games remaining last season. Tates dynamic play, production and leadership on the field earned enough trust from head coach John Hufnagel and offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson to justifiably make the switch. Now that Drew has the starters role, all eyes will be on the young, exciting QB from Texas. Being the starter is a completely different animal than coming off the bench and spot playing. Drew got a taste of that last season for three plus games. Like all CFL fans, Im excited to see what this kid can do as the true No. 1 guy. There will be some ups and downs along the way, but I believe Stamp fans are in for a real treat watching this exciting QB in 2012. Tates preseason play indicates that its going to be a fun season at McMahon Stadium. Kevin Glenn, Illinois State (12th CFL/1st Calgary) What an awesome insurance policy in case Tate gets injured. Having a quality QB like Kevin Glenn in this capacity is very rare indeed. Kerry Joseph in Edmonton and Jarious Jackson in Toronto are the only other backup QBs with the type of pedigree and experience. Think about the offensive meetings going on with, Dickenson, Tate, and Glenn and then Huffer sticks his head in the door and chimes in; crazy knowledge and scheming going on, for sure! Glenn showed his capabilities and experience this preseason, looking like a seasoned veteran in command of the field. Bo Levi Mitchell, Eastern Washington (1st CFL/1st Calgary ) Mitchell has got to be soaking all this up like a big ole sponge! What Ive witnessed with this kids play this pre-season is he has a huge upside. He was not overwhelmed and he looked like he belonged. Bo is a quick study and another take charge signal caller from Texas. Calgary is a brilliant situation for this kid to learn everything he can about the CFL, but without much playing time! I feel compelled to write about Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa (2nd CFL/2nd Calgary). Brad did absolutely everything he could do during his time with the Stamps. In fact, he was outstanding late in the pre-season win over Edmonton. Confident, poised, and when the team needed him the most, Brad stepped up and delivered. The TD strike to put them down by two was money and then the poise and accuracy he showed on the two-point conversion was BANG on! Truly a clutch throw by an extremely talented young QB! Hope to see Brad get another shot, soon. Matt Hasselbeck Jersey
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. Kansas was playing in a bowl game for the second consecutive year for the first time, and playing in a bowl game for the fourth time in the last six years. All the contests came under Mark Mangino, and the program has won five of its last six bowl games overall.MIAMI - The Detroit Pistons locked up the No. 2 seed. The Miami Heat moved closer to locking up 250 chances at the No. 1 pick. Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points, Tayshaun Prince added 14 on 6-for-7 shooting and the Pistons secured the second spot on the Eastern Conference playoff bracket with a 91-75 win Sunday over the Heat. Jarvis Hayes, Jason Maxiell, Juan Dixon and Arron Afflalo each scored 10 points for the Pistons (55-21), who won their fifth straight. The top three spots in the East - Boston, Detroit and Orlando, in that order - are now set, although its been a foregone conclusion they would wind up that way for weeks. "Were comfortable with our position right now and we just want to keep doing whats made us successful," Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups said. "You cant do any more than that." Earl Barron scored 20 points for Miami, which lost its seventh straight. "We just couldnt make anything," said Heat coach Pat Riley, whose team shot 35 per cent. Chris Quinn finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Heat, which got 11 points and nine rebounds from Ricky Davis and 10 points from Mark Blount. The Heat (13-64) closed in on sealing the NBAs worst record. Of the 1,000 possible NBA draft lottery combinations, the team with the worst record gets 250 chances of winning the No. 1 pick. "Obviously, its not the best situation, not the situation we thought wed be in at the beginning of the year," Quinn said. "The only thing with five or six games remaining to do is go out there and play with pride, play as hard as we can and show what we can do out there." The Pistons were without Antonio McDyess and leading scorer Richard Hamilton, who sat out for the sixth time in the last seven games with a sore hip. Detroit didnt need them, nor much from its starters, either. None of the Pistons opening five Sunday played more than 28 minutes, and they got long stretches of rest during the game, too. The fivesome combined to play a total of three minutes, 28 seconds in the second quarter, which actually was a period where Detroit outscored Miami 20-111 to take a 39-27 lead into the intermission. Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey
. "We decided when we came down that we were going to go with the younger guys," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "They did a nice job, found a way to finish and it was very encouraging." Prince went 5-for-5 in the third quarter, a period that ended with Billups missing a layup badly - but being credited for an alley-oop assist to Maxiell, who laid the errant shot in for a 68-54 lead entering the fourth. Davis made a 30-foot three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 8 1/2 minutes left, drawing Miami within 70-61, but the Pistons put it away with a quick 10-0 run, with Stuckey - who nearly tripled his season scoring average Sunday - getting six of those points. "The bench has definitely been playing a big role," McDyess said. One Miami highlight: The Heat honoured centre Alonzo Mourning with a halftime ceremony. Mourning, who entered the year insisting it would be his final season, saw the year cut short by a devastating knee injury in December, which figured to end his career. But in recent weeks, hes been speaking like someone who hasnt totally ruled out yet another comeback attempt. "Time will dictate my basketball future," Mourning told the crowd. Another rare Heat highlight from this dismal season could come Monday, when Riley - a seven-time NBA champion and the third-winningest coach in league history - is expected to be announced as part of the 2008 class entering the Basketball Hall of Fame. This years group of enshrinees will be announced in San Antonio, a few hours before the Kansas-Memphis NCAA title game. "Ive never been big on individual awards," Riley said. "But this is different." Notes: Detroit was 4-0 against Miami this season. .. Hamilton could be back in Detroits lineup in time for Wednesdays trip to Philadelphia. .. Barron took nine of Miamis first 13 shots. He started 5-for-7 in the first 5:25, then missed his next eight and didnt record another field goal until 4:15 remained in the game. .. The Heat fell to 2-31 when scoring under 90 points. ' ' '