Glavic excited for Uteck Bowl

Former Saint Mary’s quarterback returns to Huskies’s Stadium for this Saturday’s Uteck Bowl

The Saint Mary’s Huskies practice Thursday night for Saturday’s Uteck Bowl. Photo: Krista Armstrong

Erik Glavic is excited to be back in Halifax, but admits it will be “weird” to play against his former teammates at this weekend’s Uteck Bowl.

“It’ll be odd to be playing against the team that you used to play on, but professional athletes do it all the time. I think I’ll get over it once I step on the field and take that first snap – all the nerves and jitters will be gone.”

The Uteck Bowl, one of two semifinals in Canadian University Sport, pits the Saint Mary’s Huskies against the Calgary Dinos at SMU’s Huskies stadium this Saturday, Nov. 21. The winning team will go on to play either Queen’s or Laval at the Vanier Cup in Quebec City on Nov. 28.

This isn’t Glavic’s first Uteck Bowl. In 2007, the quarterback lead the SMU Huskies to a win against Laval. The same year, Glavic won the Atlantic University Sport MVP award and was given the award for the most outstanding football player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Hec Crighton trophy.

Given his success, many were surprised by his decision in January 2009 to leave SMU and join former coach, Blake Nill, as quarterback for the Calgary Dinos.

In an interview with the Chronicle Herald immediately following his announcement, Glavic said he was moving to an opportunity.

When now asked to clarify, Glavic says he hopes that his time in Alberta will open professional doors down the road. A student studying economics at the University of Calgary, he says his degree “fits in really well with the economy down there.”

In addition to Glavic, four other Huskies have gone to play football for Calgary since Nill became coach there in 2006.

Glavic, who played for the SMU Huskies for two-and-a-half years, spent much of the 2008 season off the field after tearing a ligament in his knee at the 2007 Uteck Bowl.

Glavic says his knee is doing well. “It’s been a little shaky at times but it’s held up.” He says that he’s been able to play every game this season in Calgary and hasn’t had to come out of any games due to knee injury.

“Going into this game, it feels 100 per cent,” he says.

Glavic thinks the Dinos are in for a good game this Saturday.

He says they have a good game plan and have been resting up and practicing practisingpracticing since arriving in Halifax Wednesday morning.

 “We know we’re going to be in tough especially with probably 7,000 to 8,000 [SMU] fans around us being pretty loud. It’s not going to be an easy game. I know how tough it can be to beat Saint Mary’s.”

He says he’s kept in touch with a few members of the current SMU team but that he hasn’t talked to them too much coming into this game.

He’s excited to get onto the field, where he says he feels most comfortable.

“There’s a lot of people I know around here, not only on the team but friends and relationships I’ve built…I’m excited to come out and play in front of those people again.”

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