Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - Todd Sael­hof

Bo Levi Mitchell makes it easy to pass pro­tect.

Just ask the of­fen­sive line­men, those tasked with hav­ing his back, his front and ev­ery other body part ex­posed to those hunt­ing the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers su­per­star quar­ter­back play after play after play.

“I love block­ing for Bo,” said CFL West Divi­sion all-star tackle Derek Den­nis. “He’s al­ways shown con­fi­dence in me, es­pe­cially in my first game, be­cause I ba­si­cally just walked in off the street and started play­ing. So for him to come to me and say, ‘Hey, I be­lieve in you, big dog,’ helps me.

“For of­fen­sive line­men, the big­gest thing for us is to know that our head coach, our quar­ter­back and our po­si­tion coach have con­fi­dence in us to do our job.”

It helps that Mitchell doesn’t panic, owns a quick re­lease and, more often than not, ex­e­cutes with pre­ci­sion. “Bo makes my job ex­tremely easy,” Den­nis added. “I know I just have to give him four sec­onds — maybe some­times five if he wants to take that deep throw like he likes to do. He al­ways makes us look a lit­tle bet­ter some­times when we are in block­ing for him. Bo’s got great rhythm — he’s never wa­vered from pres­sure, he’s never wa­vered from any­thing he sees from the de­fence … whether it be blitzes or bod­ies that come close to him. “He’s al­ways ex­tremely con­fi­dent he’s go­ing to make any throws he takes.”

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