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Calgary Stampeders starting quarterback Henry Burris walks on the sideline in the second half of their CFL football game against the Toronto Argonauts in Toronto October 14, 2011. Burris was replaced by backup quarterback Drew Tate in the latter part of the first half of the game. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

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Henry Burris has been benched and Drew Tate has been named the starting quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders Friday game against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Calgary head coach John Hufnagel announced Monday he would start Tate, who sparked the Stampeders to a remarkable comeback last week. Against the Toronto Argonauts, Burris passed for only 65 yards and was pulled in favour of Tate, who came in with his team trailing by 19 points. Tate put the Stampeders on top, 29-28, before Toronto kicked a last-play field goal for the win.

Tate, 27, has been used more often this season and has responded by throwing for a CFL career best 555 yards. He has thrown for four touchdowns and also rushed for four touchdowns. This is Tate's third year with the Stampeders.

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Burris has passed for 3,687 yards this season. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has also fumbled 12 times, the most among CFL players.

Calgary is currently 8-7 in the West and has lost the season series against its playoff rivals the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos, both teams at 9-6.

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Allan Maki is a national news reporter and sports writer based in Calgary. He joined the Globe and Mail in 1997 with an extensive sports background having covered Stanley Cup finals, the Grey Cup, Summer and Winter Olympics, the 1980 Miracle on Ice, the 1989 Super Bowl riot and the 1989 earthquake World Series. More

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