At the conclusion of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' Day 1 of their practice week on Wednesday, head coach Bob Dyce announced rookie quarterback Keith Price will make his first pro start Sunday in Montreal.
"I had said a few weeks ago that Keith would get an opportunity to start a game," Dyce said. "Doing your due diligence in evaluating these quarterbacks, you have to see how a quarterback plays when starting a game or starting a second half and we haven't had that opportunity with Keith."
Sunday's game will be the final one of the year for the Riders, but it will be the biggest of Price's young career.
"It feels awesome!" Smith smiled. "I've dreamed of this for a long time now and it's finally coming true. I'm so blessed, I thank the Lord everyday."
The Washington Huskies product was asked if he'll feel nervousness, butterflies or just general excitement as he prepares for the game.
"Probably a little bit of everything," Price said. "It's my first pro start but I'll get the opportunity to play this game that I love and I'll do my best and continue to prepare the way that I've been preparing."
Kickoff on Sunday is 11 am Sask Time on TSN and the CKRM Rider Radio Network.