Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 18, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 18, 2015

    Hufnagel readying defending CFL champs

    Calgary Stampeders coach and GM John Hufnagel joins Boomer on the SN960 morning show for his first appearance of the 2015 CFL season, as his squad inches closer to kicking off the year as defending Grey Cup champions.

    Training camp update - Day 18

    In today's update we talk to Coach Huff about practicing with crowd noise, DB Joe Burnett about playing a new position and DB Brandon Smith about his Golden State Warriors.

    Huff comments - Training camp June 17
    Coach Hufnagel talks about getting ready for Saskatchewan, the holders, Keith Toston, Derek Wiggan and Christopher Johnson.

    Position Breakdown - Offensive Line
    We talk with offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco about how his offensive line is progressing in camp.


    In addition to enjoying a rematch of the 2014 Grey Cup, fans attending the Stampeders’ June 26 season-opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium will have an opportunity to take home a bundle of cash.
    Due to an unclaimed 50/50 prize from the Stamps’ Oct. 24, 2014, home game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders — the potential winner had 30 days to claim the prize — the amount carries over to the regular-season opener and total pot for the 50/50 on June 26 will begin at $101,670. That amount will grow with every ticket sold.

    In Quinn Smith’s final-regular season game as a rookie, he served notice of what might be coming as he recorded three sacks in a win over the BC Lions and earned a CFL player-of-the-week award.
    In his unofficial debut as a sophomore — Friday’s pre-season opener against those same Lions — the defensive lineman out of Concordia picked up where he left off as he made a big tackle as part of a goal-line stand in a Calgary victory.
    “It was a big confidence-booster,” said Smith. “Getting all those reps in training camp, I was expecting myself to be a big factor and I was pretty lucky to have a big goal-line stop.”

    Calgary Stampeders Notebook: Kickers go head-to-head
    As the final training camp practice drew to a close, Rene Paredes and Tyler Crapigna went boot for boot.
    The two Calgary Stampeders kickers battling for one job took aim from the 51-yard line.
    Paredes, the five-year CFL veteran and former special-teams player of the year, split the uprights.
    Crapigna, the rookie 2014 fifth-round draft pick, then clanged the pigskin off the right goal-post.

    Then-new receiver Eric Rogers made sacrifice to stay with Calgary Stampeders late last season
    Every single person has been in a position where they have to strike a balance between personal and professional commitments.
    Last summer, a week into his new job with the Calgary Stampeders, Eric Rogers was in a predicament.
    With a daughter on the way back home in California, Rogers had two choices.
    Walk into GM/head coach John Hufnagel’s office as a relatively unknown practice-squad body and ask for a few days to go home, or shut his mouth, go to work, and make it up to little Kalea Nikole down the road.

    Youngster Derek Wiggan looks to lock down spot on Calgary Stampeders defensive line
    Derek Wiggan possesses two traits you can’t teach: Brains and an elite first step.
    Whether that’s enough to win the rookie defensive tackle out of Queen’s a job on a loaded Calgary Stampeders defensive line is still up the air heading into Friday’s pre-season finale against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but there’s no doubt it’s been an eye-opening camp for the 22-year-old.

    NBA championship divides Calgary Stampeders locker-room
    Brandon Smith always has a smile on his face.
    But it was just a little bit wider on Wednesday.
    The Calgary Stampeders all-star defensive back was still celebrating after his Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship the previous night.
    And he's no bandwagon-jumper, either.

    Toston hopes for impact against his old team in final pre-season game
    Finally on Friday night, Keith Toston will be able to show Saskatchewan Roughrider fans, in person, what he does on the football field.
    Thing is, it’ll be for the opposition.
    Toston was a member of the Riders in 2014, but the only game he played in was, incidentally, at McMahon Stadium against the team he’s suiting up for these days, the Calgary Stampeders. So when the Stamps take to the Mosaic Stadium turf for their second and final pre-season game, No. 24 in the Red and White will be doing this darndest to prove he belongs on the roster.

    New Stampeder embraces enemy-to-ally script
    Courtside at the ACC, he met ’em all. Shaq. Doc Rivers. Alonzo Mourning. Dwyane Wade.
    “Dwyane Wade,’’ recalls Christopher Johnson, “was My Guy. My favourite player growing up. So to have that opportunity was amazing. This little kid staring up at this big basketball player, going ‘Wow.’ An idol.
    “Pretty cool.’’

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