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By Kent Larsen

LDS Quarterback Expects All-Canadian Season

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA -- The University of Calgary's Lincoln Blumell is headed into his final season, and hopes to lead the Dinosaurs to a win in the playoffs this year, possibly even getting the team even further. "My main goal is to help the team win a playoff game and then win the Canada West title. I feel a real emergency to get that done. From there, the goal is to get to the Vanier Cup and win it. And, if it all falls into place, maybe an All-Canadian selection." But just four years ago Blumell was finishing a two-year LDS mission, during which he hardly touched a football.

"After high school, I took two years off from 1995-to-1997 to take my (Mormon) mission in London," Blumell explained to the Calgary Sun. "I did a lot of charity work, particularly working the soup kitchens and going door-to-door. During those two years I hardly threw a football at all. I brought one with me but they're not too big on our brand of football over there. I had hard time finding anybody who could catch my throws."

Blumell's playoff goals are substantial, given the team's failure to win a playoff game since he joined the team, in spite of the fact that the team has played three playoff games, in 1997, 1999 and 2000, during that time.

This year, however, the team should have the firepower to make it. "We've got a lot of talent coming back on offence, which makes me very confident about this year," Blumell said. And Dino's coach Tony Fasano adds that Blumell has the ability to take the team there, "Any team, at any level, has got to have a great quarterback in order to be successful. Lincoln is the epitome of everything a great QB should be. Along with his talent, he has a great attitude and he's a great leader. We're very blessed to have him back."


Pivot-al year for Dinos
Calgary Alberta Canada Sun 29Apr01 S2
By Al Ruckaber: Calgary Sun


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