For a starting quarterback in the Uteck Bowl, Jack Creighton has avoided the spotlight with relative ease.
The Saint Mary’s Huskies’ pivot has flown quietly under the radar this week with the spotlight placed firmly on Calgary Dinos’ signal-caller Erik Glavic and the much-documented story between head coaches Blake Nill and Steve Sumarah.
The game itself has been billed as a battle of the Dino’s high-powered offence versus the Huskies’ stingy defence, leaving the 6-foot-4 sophomore almost an afterthought.
“He’s still a young guy, still developing … The pressure being off him has been a good thing,” said Huskies head coach Steve Sumarah.
“If it was any other quarterback in any other city, at this point, there would be more pressure on him.”
Creighton wouldn’t even be in this position if it wasn’t for Glavic leaving Saint Mary’s this past January.
But when Glavic moved on, Creighton retained the job he seized in 2008 while Glavic was sidelined with a serious knee injury.
Although the Huskies cringed when Glavic left, Creighton didn’t.
“I was excited,” Creighton said.
“I’m kind of glad he left because it gives me a chance to play all five years.”
The Huskies’ offence has been inconsistent all year but typically runs the ball with gusto. Creighton was able to make key plays at key times and passed for 1,862 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He goes up against a passing defence that allowed 274 yards per game, an underwhelming 23rd in the country.
“We’ve been working really hard in the film room and I see a lot holes we can take advantage of,” Creighton said.
“All we’ve got to do is hang onto the ball, not make mistakes, put up some points, and I think we’ll be successful.”