A year ago, Danny Brannagan and Erik Glavic figured they would be following in the footsteps of a generation of top Canadian university quarterbacks.

Since it’s been 15 years since such a quarterback started in the CFL, neither was even considering that route. Brannagan was planning for a career in finance after graduating from Queen’s, while Glavic considered converting to receiver at the University of Calgary in hopes of extending his football life.

But thanks to an apparent shift in thinking on the CFL’s part, they’re among at least four Canadian Interuniversity Sport pivots whose pro aspirations have been rekindled. Or, more accurately, kindled.

The reason for hope is the CFL evaluation camp, which brought in some of last year’s top CIS quarterbacks to replace the pros who normally throw passes here.

“I think the league is changing,” said Glavic, a former Saint Mary’s Huskies quarterback and two-time Hec Crighton award winner as national player of the year. “A couple of teams told me they’d love to sign a Canadian quarterback.

“I’m not sure I fully believe it, but there’s definitely a push on.”

For Brannagan, that push has already paid off. The Toronto Argonauts signed him to a three-year contract yesterday.

“I was definitely surprised it happened so quickly, but I’m excited to get this opportunity,” the Burlington product said yesterday.

The league says it’s looking at ways to give Canadian quarterbacks more opportunity, including inviting Brannagan, Glavic, Justin Dunk and Michael Faulds to the evaluation camp. Faulds had to pass because of an injury.

There’s a proposal to bring CIS QBs into training camp even though they have college eligibility left, just to allow them to absorb a pro atmosphere.

“We need to get creative to help young quarterbacks develop more,” said Kevin McDonald, the league’s director of football operations and development.

It appears the QB trio acquitted themselves quite well at Varsity.

“I think all showed very well,” said Argonauts head coach Jim Barker.

The Hamilton Spectator reported yesterday that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added Glavic to their negotiations list.

Last Canadian

The last Canadian quarterback to start a CFL game was Giulio Caravatta, and that was more than 13 years ago.

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