Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 23, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 23, 2014

    Huff post-practice comments

    Coach Hufnagel talks about QB Bo Levi Mitchell, DB Brandon McDonald and the o-line.

    Simpson post-practice comments
    Juwan Simpson gives us an injury update and talks about facing Chris Jones and the Eskimos on Thursday.

    Mitchell post-practice comments
    QB Bo Levi Mitchell talks about facing the Eskimo defence and the stellar play of the Stamps o-line.

    Marquay and the pylon
    Receiver Marquay McDaniel has a knack for reaching for the pylon on his touchdowns.

    The Breakdown: My first TD
    Receiver Brad Sinopoli breaks down his first CFL touchdown.

    A Perfect Bo
    Bo Levi Mitchell is a perfect 6-0 as a starter in the CFL and is just one win away from tying Jeff Garcia's record that was set in 1995. Jermain Franklin has more.

    Mitchell Not Concerned With Record
    The Stampeders discuss Bo Levi Mitchell's progress this season as well as his comparisons to Jeff Garcia and approaching his record.

    Huf: Bo Levi making big strides

    Stampeders coach and GM John Hufnagel tells Boomer in the morning that he likes the direction that starting QB Bo Levi Mitchell is heading.


    In a quest for West Division supremacy, the Calgary Stampeders are gearing up for what many expect will be their greatest challenge of the 2014 season to date.
    This year’s first installment of the Battle of Alberta will hold more significance than it has in quite some time as the Stamps and Eskimos square off on Thursday as the only two remaining undefeated teams in the Canadian Football League.

    The Pregame
    It's a first-place showdown between the undefeated Calgary Stampeders and their also-undefeated provincial rivals, the Edmonton Eskimos.
    The Stamps ran their record to a perfect 3-0 last week, squeaking past the Tiger-Cats by a 10-7 score to move into second place in the West Division. The Eskimos stayed in first place in the West by beating the Bombers 26-3 and improving to 4-0.

    Calgary Stampeders could put Jon Cornish on six-game injured list
    Jon Cornish’s absence from the Calgary Stampeders lineup could be an extended one.
    Unless the star running back’s concussion symptoms subside and the 29-year-old shows significant improvement in the next day or two, a source indicates Cornish will be placed on the six-game injured list.

    Stampeders defensive back Brandon Smith flies under the radar
    Brandon Smith isn’t your typical DB.
    Unlike many who earn paycheques shadowing receivers and knocking down balls in the secondary, the Calgary Stampeders halfback isn’t a brash personality who likes to talk the talk before walking the walk.
    Smith simply walks.

    Stampeders defensive back Brandon McDonald not sure why it didn't work out with B.C Lions but Stamps happy to have him
    Not much about Canada is familiar to Brandon McDonald.
    Edmonton, however, he knows a little bit about.
    Long before the 5-foot-10, 185-lb. defensive back was signed to the Calgary Stampeders practice roster last week, McDonald was leading the B.C. Lions in tackles, with seven, during a pre-season clash against the Eskimos in mid-June.
    So, why, you ask, is McDonald wearing Stampeders colours and not lining up in the Leos secondary?

    Eskimos and Stampeders share some similarities beyond their unbeaten records
    That the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders hail from the same province is where the CFL’s Battle of Alberta begins, but it’s hardly where the similarities end the way this season is going. Both teams have had undefeated starts to the season, that much is obvious, but when the doors to Commonwealth Stadium are pried open and the 4-0 Eskimos host the 3-0 Stampeders Thursday at 7 p.m., it will be the first time since 2011 that the rivalry has been renewed on Edmonton’s end. The last time the Eskimos came out on the winning end was Sept. 5, 2011, with a 35-7 victory in Calgary. Since then, the Stampeders have won the past eight meetings and have swept the season series a combined 7-0 over the past two years.

    Stamps notes: Anchoring stingy defensive unit, Simpson all about team success
    Numbers are just that for Juwan Simpson.
    “I’m a team oriented person, believe it or not,” the Calgary Stampeders’ middle linebacker noted. “If you’d asked me five, six years ago when I first started, it was all about self in the sense of stats. As long as our team is doing well, our defence is doing well, I’m happy. It’s a plus when you’re playing good, making stats. Sometimes plays come my way, sometimes they don’t. I guess plays have come my way this season. It’s too early, nothing to get too crazy about.” Stampeders notes Anchoring/10053369/story.html

    Intriguing battle to watch: Stamps’ top-ranked O-line vs. Esks’ sack-leading D-line
    It’s not as if the Calgary Stampeders’ offensive line needed any additional motivation, but . . .
    “We do not want to see the tumbling rolls, so we’re definitely going to be heads up,” chuckled Stanley Bryant. “Our job is to stop them and we’ll see how it goes.’’
    The fewer the signature somersaults by the Edmonton Eskimos’ defensive linemen on Thursday night at Commonwealth Stadium means the line across from them has done its duty and kept quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell on his feet the majority of the time. battle watch Calgary/10053366/story.html

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