"He has the whole package He's six-foot-six, with the ability to run. He evades pressure very well and you don’t find many guys with the physical tools he has. And he doesn’t rest on his laurels; he looks to improve and take a step forward every day."There is the obvious jump-off question of whether Glavic can deliver a Vanier Cup win like Vavra did back in '83.
The other, of course, is the Canadian quarterback question, whether there ever will be another Russ Jackson. It comes up time to time while talking to more casual fans. The sentiment is the CFL would likely have to feel a need (economic pressure) to have a Canadian shine at football's glamour position and start trying to augment the grass roots, similar to how pro soccer teams run youth academies or how the NBA's Toronto Raptors have aligned themselves with Canada Basketball. (The pre-Rogers Toronto Blue Jays and late and lamented Montreal Expos used to invest in youth baseball too). It would help CIS football out tremendously if there was a deeper pool of quarterback talent and good players did not gravitate away from the position, but it is what it is until there's a time and place where it's a need for the CFL.
The CFL doesn't have that need, frankly. The new Personal People Meters used to measure TV viewership show the league is holding its own vs. the NFL. Fans are voting with their disposable income; they want to see teams try to win, not try to appeal to the point-out-the-Canadians patriotism we see during the Summer Olympics.
When former York star Ricky Foley makes a sack for the B.C. Lions, 30,000 people at B.C. Place do not cheer louder because he's Canadian. When the Saskatchewan Roughriders are on, it's easy to confuse No. 6 and No. 7, since Rob Bagg of Kingston, Ontario and Weston Dressler Bismarck, North Dakota are about the same size. (Bismarck is coincidentally closer to the 49th Parallel than Kingston.) Perhaps that's how it should be with the CFL.
It doesn't do much to stoke hopes of seeing a Canadian QB, though. We keep hoping for an outlier, but there is a feeling the parade passed.
(Another file-away from the article liked below: Glavic might appeal to get a season of eligibility back, since he played in only one game for Saint Mary's in 2008.)
Vavra high on Dinos' Glavic (Sean Myers, Calgary Herald)