QB Dru Brown to make his Bombers debut in Calgary

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CALGARY — Saturday’s regular-season finale just got a little more interesting for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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The CFL’s No. 1 team, playing its second straight meaningless game with first place in the West locked up, will take a good look at a new quarterback when they take on the Stampeders in Calgary.

Dru Brown will be the backup to starter Zach Collaros, as Sean McGuire has been placed on the one-game injured list with a groin injury.

How much Collaros will play isn’t clear – head coach Mike O’Shea may offer a clue during a media availability later this afternoon – but Brown is expected to get a significant amount of time running the offence.

Brown, 24, is a product of Palo Alto, Calif., who played his college ball at Oklahoma State and Hawaii.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pounder started the last three games for Oklahoma State in 2019, passing for 801 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception.

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In two seasons at Hawaii, he passed for 5,273 yards, with 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, earning MVP honours in the 2016 Hawaii Bowl.

Brown was working out for NFL scouts in March, 2020, when he signed with the Bombers.

“There is no doubt that Canada and the CFL is a good opportunity,” he told SI.com at the time. “They give guys like me a chance. I just need to establish a reputation.”

With no pre-season games this year, Brown’s first chance will come on Saturday.

Other changes for the 11-2 Bombers include the return of five starters who sat out last week’s game: Collaros, safety Brandon Alexander, defensive back Nick Taylor, offensive lineman Pat Neufeld and defensive lineman Steven Richardson.

Among those sitting this one out are running back Brady Oliveira and receiver Darvin Adams.

Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and kick returner Janarion Grant will miss a second straight game, while running back Andrew Harris remains on the six-game injured list.

Calgary, 7-6 and locked in third place in the West, is expected to start quarterback Bo-Levi Mitchell.

Among those resting for the Stamps is running back Ka’Deem Carey.

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