Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 21, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 21, 2015


    Stamps' 2015 Hall of Famers

    A tribute to the three men with ties to the Stamps who are part of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.


    This weekend, the Calgary Stampeders will look to keep their winning ways going when they stroll into Riderville to take on the down-on-their-luck Saskatchewan Roughriders.
    However, while some Stamps fans may have already chalked up this game in the win column, you won’t find any of the men in the McMahon Stadium locker room taking this game lightly.
    Savvy defensive back Joe Burnett is not ready to dismiss the green men just because of a lousy record.

    Calgary Stampeders Notebook: John Estes prepares for possible call of duty
    If he's needed, John Estes is ready.
    For a second straight day, Calgary Stampeders starting left guard Shane Bergman was a practice-field spectator Thursday with what GM/head coach John Hufnagel termed "congestion," leaving Estes with a whole lot more responsibility.
    After working with the first-team offence at centre earlier in the week with Pierre Lavertu nursing a knee injury, Estes was installed at left guard Thursday, giving the coaching staff a versatile, albeit American, option.

    Calgary Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell prepares for first start at Mosaic Stadium
    There's a certain rush Bo Levi Mitchell gets from bringing a crowd to its feet.
    But it doesn't compare to the one he gets from silencing an entire stadium.
    Still just 25 years old, the Calgary Stampeders franchise quarterback has built up an impressive resume in one season and change as the starter, but if you need evidence he's still a young quarterback with room to grow look no further than his Regina resume.
    There isn't one.

    Calgary Stampeders SB Marquay McDaniel caught on ... and the rest is history
    There was a time, in a backwards universe, when Marquay McDaniel's hands were questioned.
    The year was 2011 and the 6-foot, 206-pounder was coming off a 76-reception season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when a curious case of the drops struck.
    It was concerning enough that he quickly fell out of favour and the Tabbies decided to release McDaniel, who quickly caught on with the Calgary Stampeders in a move that seems like a stroke of accidental genius four years later.

    Stamps 'proud' of Dickenson's induction to Hall of Fame
    One of their own is this weekend being accorded the highest football honour in Canada — induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame — and they couldn’t be prouder.
    “It’s so well deserved by him,” said quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, currently under Dave Dickenson’s tutelage. “He’s the right guy for it. He’s a guy that’s always going to represent the CFL very well, he’ll represent his team very well and his players. Everybody I talk to when it comes to Dave Dickenson talk about how smart he was, how intelligent he was, what he did for the game.
    “It’s a blessing to learn from him.”

    Stamps defence on collision course with Riders' Messam
    A big man with speed who is hard to bring down.
    Juwan Simpson is happy to take on the challenge that is Jerome Messam.
    “He’s the worst running back in the CFL,” cackled the Calgary Stampeders’ linebacker, pleased with his little joke.
    But in all seriousness . . .
    “He’s tough, he’s a bigger guy,” Simpson admitted. “Breaks a lot of arm tackles, has the mentality about himself that he’s the best and you can see that in the way he plays. He brings that aggression to the field. He’s definitely a task, but one that I like.”

    Stamps special teams hitting their stride
    As a special-teams contingent, the beginning of the 2015 CFL season was a little more herky-jerky than the Calgary Stampeders’ coaching staff would have liked.
    But as the weeks have passed, the unit is increasingly performing closer to expectations. Yet, still a work in progress.
    “At the start of the year, we were trying to work through some things,” said special-teams guru Mark Kilam. “We’ve had focal points every week to get better. Our goal each and every week is try to be consistent and improve the things we did well the week before. We had a good game last week and we’re trying to take it the next step this week.”

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