It’s like comparing apples and oranges.It’s not so much which one is better.More like which one suits your taste buds.
Rusty Smith and Bryant Moniz are polar opposites competing for the same third-string quarterback spot with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.One has the big arm and can deliver darts. The other has the mobility and the wheels to create yardage out of thin air.
So which one do you like?Stamps offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson likes what each guy brings to the table.“Rusty is a slinger,” Dickenson said. “But he has enough mobility that we think he can manage the pocket and get out of it if he needs to.
“Bryant showed how quick he is. We like that. We have always looked for a change-up kind of guy.”The Stamps like to use their third pivot as their short-yardage specialist.Both Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell, who are in a neck-and-neck battle of their own for the starter’s gig, have served as the club’s No. 3 quarterback over the past couple of seasons.“Drew did a good job of finding his niche when he had that package,” Dickenson said. “Then, Bo moved into that spot, and it’s always a positive to see a guy produce doing your short-yardage package.“It’s always an advantage if you have more athleticism, but I don’t necessarily think that’s the top criteria as far as when I’m looking for a quarterback.”
If nimble feet is a prerequisite, Moniz, out of the NCAA’s University of Hawaii, would likely have the advantage. But if you’re looking to groom a potential starter, Smith, out of the NCAA’s Florida Atlantic University, certainly oozes potential.“I don’t really look for a run guy anymore,” Dickenson said. “I want guys that have enough ability that they can get out and give you extra time to throw.“But I’m really looking for a quarterback first and foremost.
”Smith and Moniz will get their final opportunity to impress the coaching staff Friday in Vancouver 8 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770.But they had better take advantage of every snap, because they won’t be getting many.“They’re not going to get a lot of work this week,” Dickenson confirmed. “We’re out there trying to evaluate who the starter is.”
Both Smith, 27, and Moniz, 25, had their moments in Saturday’s 23-20 pre-season win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium.Smith was picked off by Bombers cornerback Bruce Johnson but also led the Stamps into field-goal position for the tying and winning boots.
“You can’t learn everything from practice or the film-room,” Smith said. “You have to get out there where the bullets are live, where you’re actually getting hit and where the pass-rush is real.“Even throwing that interception — I would love to have that throw back, but I learned something on that play.“That’s a throw in an American game — I would throw that no problem. That receiver’s not buzzing out there that far because he doesn’t have that far to go on an American field.”
Moniz showed off his scrambling ability as he zipped upfield for 20 yards.“There’s a lot of things, after watching film, that you can improve on,” Moniz said. “But the feeling I had was positive. As an offence, it felt like we were able to string some plays together and move the ball down the field.”
As first reported by KHON2 sports, former University of Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz signed with the Calgary Stampeders (CFL) May 22nd.
The Georgia Force and Orlando Predators met Sunday afternoon at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in an Arena Football League South Division match-up that was critical to the Force (8-8) and their postseason aspirations. While Georgia needed a win to keep pace in the division, Orlando (2-13) needed a win to avoid going winless on the road for the season. The Force scored first and never trailed as Bryant Moniz made his first start in front of the home fans and led Georgia to a 56-53 win over the visiting Predators.
Moniz (21/29, 273 yards, 7 TD, 0 INT) was “excited to be in front of the home crowd for the first time” and the fans gave ‘Mighty Mo’ a warm welcome. Force fans have been anticipating Moniz becoming the starter since he was assigned and the anticipation had become frustration as the Georgia offense continued to sputter. The energy level in the arena was higher than it has been in weeks and that energy (and expectation) will continue to grow as Moniz continues to learn the AFL style of play and gains time running the first unit.
Georgia, with the offense being led by former University of Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz (27/47 for 243 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT), battled and trailed by only three midway through the second quarter before Utah pulled away. Leading 13-10 the Blaze scored on three straight possessions while keeping the Georgia offense off the board. Utah held a 34-10 lead early in the third quarter.
The Force continued to try to mount a comeback and did pull to within 10 late in the third quarter, but Tommy Grady led the Blaze to 21 points in the final quarter while the Utah D held the Force to a single touchdown.
While another one-sided loss in frustrating, this game will accelerate Bryant Moniz’s progress as an AFL quarterback. This was the first game speed action Moniz has seen since last September, add to that that the Blaze defense was smothering both in the secondary and at the line of scrimmage and it is likely that this will be the toughest defense the Force will see for the remainder of the regular season . Moniz will only improve from here.
Some positives to consider in ‘Big Mo’s’ performance include not throwing an interception and his ability to carry the ball (22 yards). He also did a good job of protecting the ball while being pressured and sacked.
Next week’s home game with the Orlando Predators is a must win. It’s a division game against the only team in the division out of the hunt. The Predators are 2-12 and have played poorly on the road this season. If Moniz continues to do the good things he did this week (0 turnovers and 22 yards rushing) while improving timing with his receivers, we should see a solid offensive performance come Sunday afternoon that will result in a Force win.
On Monday the Arena Football League’s Georgia Force announced that quarterback Kevin Eakin was being placed on Recallable Reassignment, while Bryant Moniz was being moved to the active roster. The roster move is one that has been anticipated by the Force faithful since the former University of Hawaii star was signed by the club in late May. Moniz was on the active roster for the game with the Kansas City Command but did not play and was placed on IR the following week. “Mighty Mo” had been on IR until last Thursday when he was moved from IR to Recallable Reassignment, and now to the Active roster.
Moniz had a stellar college career at UH that was brought to an abrupt end ten games into his senior season when he suffered a low ankle, shin bone break in Reno, Nevada last year. The Hawaiian born Moniz threw for 10,169 yards and 75 touchdowns, and finished his college career with a 62.2 completion percentage. Moniz had a career QB efficiency rating of 144.2 with Hawaii. Moniz also scored 13 rushing TDs in college while accumulating 512 yards on 220 carries.
Former Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz was preparing for the rest of his life when he learned his football career was not ready to expire. Moniz reached an agreement with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League this past weekend.
He arrived in Georgia on Tuesday, and will participate in practice today. Moniz will be on the active roster for the Force’s road game against the Kansas City Command this weekend.
“It’s pretty cool,” Moniz said. Moniz, 23, said he is fully recovered from a broken ankle he suffered in November. The injury prevented him from participating in running and jumping drills at UH’s Pro Day in Carson, Calif., in March.
He did not receive any tryout offers following the National Football League draft in April. Soon after, the Saskatchewan Roughriders relinquished his Canadian Football League rights. Former UH quarterback Colt Brennan is on the Roughriders’ roster.
Moniz will be reunited with former UH safety Richard Torres, who signed with the Force last week.