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He hasn’t taken a single snap for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers all season, but ask third-string quarterback Dominique Davis if he’s ready for his professional debut Friday against the Toronto Argonauts, and it’s a resounding heck yeah.
Davis, who the Bombers signed to their practice roster in the second week of the season following his release from Calgary, was once again all smiles after Bombers practice Wednesday. And with the team ready to board a plane tomorrow, the cat was let out of the bag that he would indeed get his first start this weekend.
"It's an honour to get this call and even though this game isn't meaningful (in the standings), it means a lot to a lot of individuals who don't get a lot of playing time," said the 26-year-old native of Lakeland, Fla. "This is big for us."
It’s particularly big for a guy like Davis, who has had little opportunity this season outside of practice to show his stuff, despite the Bombers having more than their share of issues at the pivot position, turning to four other quarterbacks – Drew Willy, Brian Brohm, Robert Marve and Matt Nichols - this season before giving the nod to Davis this week.
That level of inconsistency, though extremely challenging, isn’t exactly new to the Blue and Gold. Five starters in one season would be one short of a league-record six, a mark set by the Bombers during the 1983 season. That year, the quarterback carousel included Mark Jackson, Nickie Hall, Dieter Brock, John Hufnagel, Norman Gibbs and Tom Clements.
But as big a question mark Davis is, and surely will remain regardless of the result of his first start on Friday, head coach Mike O’Shea feels his team’s chances are as good as any to claim a much-needed win against the Argos.
"Let's see what he can do," said O’Shea. "We're still going in to the game believing we're going to win the game and throughout the practice week Dom showed us that he's going to give us a chance to win. If he wasn't going to give us that chance it would be hard to put him in."
But even if the feel-good meter is high right now, that hasn’t stopped nerves from creeping in to the stomach of Davis, who understands this could be a make-or-break opportunity as the Bombers brass head in to the winter with some serious decisions to make at the quarterback position.
"My whole take going in to the game is just getting in and out of the huddle at a timely fashion and just executing and just trying to win the game," said Davis. "I feel like as a professional football player, as an athlete in general, there should always be nerves going into a game and of course those nerves are going to increase a lot the closer the game gets. The butterflies will get there but once I get that first throw, that first hit in, everything should be fine."
Updated on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:52 PM CST: Video added.