Crompton rises to backup QB; Brosius picks up first pro winStubbs key to Chukars' turnaround
EDMONTON — Starting his first Canadian Football League training camp more than a month ago fifth on the Edmonton quarterback depth chart, Jonathan Crompton, a former Tuscola High and University of Tennessee standout, has gone from working for a place on the practice roster to the Eskimos’ backup QB.
Three games into the regular season, Edmonton’s current starting QB is Mike Reilly, a four-year veteran of the CFL and a former Central Washington standout.
The Eskimos are 1-2 in the CFL West Division.
A couple of injuries and Crompton’s play in practice and in the pre-season games — where he went a combined 9-for-16 passing for 154 yards with a touchdown and an interception — helped him rise to the No. 2 spot.
Now, Crompton will be looking to catch a few more eyes every time he gets under center, because it won’t only be an audition for the Eskimos, but also potentially one in Ottawa. The CFL expansion draft for the newly minted RedBlacks is slated for December of 2013 and each team is able to protect only one quarterback.
Crompton couldn’t have picked a better year to be No. 2 on a CFL depth chart.
Brosius picks up first pro win
ORLANDO — It was only a matter of time for Tyler Brosius, a former Tuscola standout and a relief pitcher for the Gulf Coast League Braves, to pick up his first professional win.
In the second game of a home (seven-inning) doubleheader with the GFL Tigers, Brosius game in relief in the top of the seventh with his Bravos trailing, 6-5.
He retired the Tigers in order, including a pair of strikeouts.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, he teammates rallied to tie the game and eventually won it (7-6) on a Joseph Odom walkoff RBI single, which gave the former Tuscola Mountaineer his first pro win.
Brosius (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who has appeared in five games and pitched six innings this season, has yet to give up a run.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander, who was a 21st round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in June, has struck out eight and walked just three batters.
Stubbs key to Idaho Falls’ turnaround
MISSOULA, Montana — The Idaho Falls Chukars, the rookie club affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, may be turning things around, thanks in large part to their power-hitting cleanup hitter Cody Stubbs, a former Tuscola and UNC standout.
Idaho falls defeated the Missoula Osprey, 6-2, Saturday night, which was the Chukars’ third consecutive win.
Stubbs, who has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, doubled and single in five trips to the plate in Saturday’s win.
He is currently batting .317 (20-for-63) with three doubles, two triples, a pair of round-trippers and 10 RBI.