Gesser Stellar In Role

Sept. 10, 2005

EDMONTON -- Jason Gesser was the most impressive quarterback in the game and he still got pulled.

The Stampeders backup pivot completed all three of his passes last night, including a 30-yard touchdown toss to Ken-Yon Rambo, in the Stampeders' 16-11 win.

Then it was back to the bench as starter Henry Burris, patched up after suffering torn ligaments in the thumb of his non-throwing hand, returned to the huddle.

'You just have to be mentally ready to go in the game whenever and produce,' said Gesser, a 27-year-old Washington State product in his first year with the Stamps.

'I was just trying to get in there and move the chains and a big play happened, so it was good for us.'

After getting a first down on a QB sneak on the first snap, Gesser completed passes to Rambo, for five yards and MarTay Jenkins for 10 before finding Rambo again for the team's only TD of the night, impressing the man whose job he briefly stole.

'He did a good job of coming out there and executing,' Burris said.

'He did a great job on the out-route throw and the screen pass, guys did a great job of blocking for him and he got the ball in the endzone.'

It was Gesser's second appearance of the season, a much more impressive performance than his first outing in a mop-up appearance against the Blue Bombers.

'Against Winnipeg I did OK, had a couple of completions, but it wasn't a great game,' Gesser said.

'But this time it was fun to get the ball in my receivers' hands and let them make plays.'

Gesser, who spent time in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans before signing as a free agent with Calgary in May, said he wasn't rattled by the unexpected appearance.

NOTE: The Calgary Sun has given WSU permission to post this story. The complete article can be found here.

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