Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 23, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 23, 2015

    Hufnagel: whole new season for Stamps

    Coach and GM John Hufnagel says the Calgary Stampeders can't approach the 2015 season feeling overly confident just because they're coming off a league championship. Huff joins Ryan Pinder on the SN960 morning show, saying that the sole focus needs to be the season ahead.

    Huff post-practice comments - June 22

    Coach Hufnagel speaks to the media after the Stamps' first practice of the 2015 regular season.

    Sights & Sounds - June 19
    Sights and sounds from the Stamps' finale pre-season game in Regina.

    Catching up with Brett Jones
    OL Brett Jones was on the sidelines at Friday's pre-season game in Regina to cheer on his old teammates.

    Steinberg's MMQB: Taking the name very literally

    The countdown is on for the start of the 2015 Canadian Football League season. The final week of CFL pre-season action gave us plenty to sink our teeth into, as we get ready for the games that matter. We’re focusing in on quarterbacks on this week’s Monday Morning . . . Quarterback. I guess we need to literally live up to our name once in a while.


    The Calgary Stampeders captains for the 2015 season are linebacker Juwan Simpson, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, running back Rob Cote and punter Rob Maver. The four were tabbed to serve the captaincy roles as the result of a player vote.
    Simpson is in his eighth season with the club. He is a three-time West Division all-star and was the finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in 2010. The 30-year-old Decatur, Ala., native has won two Grey Cup championships with Calgary in 2008 and 2014. He has played 112 career regular-season and post-season games for the Red and White.

    Debate rages among Calgary Stampeders over CFL defenders being forced to cut down receivers
    One pre-season hit sparked a whole lot of discussion between Calgary Stampeders teammates.
    And it didn’t even involve anyone wearing Red & White.
    It all started when Montreal Alouettes cornerback Cliff Coleman took out Toronto Argonauts tight end Zander Robinson with a low, blind-side hit after he caught a pass in last Thursday’s pre-season tilt, prompting Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to tweet “Dude Coleman 22 you’re weak.. Attacking someone’s leg. Hit him up high.”

    Junior Turner helps retool Calgary Stampeders defensive line
    The beans Junior Turner has been dealing with lately have been anything but magic.
    Forced to miss the first two weeks of training camp, the Calgary Stampeders defensive tackle returned to the practice field last week and was even able to get himself some important game action over the weekend in Regina.
    It was a laceration on his right hand suffered back in May that was sidelining the 26-year-old.

    Receiver Jeff Fuller a full-go for Calgary Stampeders
    Over the last couple of weeks, Jeff Fuller has been casting the same hulking shadow across the practice field as usual.
    The only problem was, instead of the Calgary Stampeders wideout running around and forcing that shadow to catch up, he was, more often than not, standing in it due to an inflamed knee.
    But that changed Monday, as Fuller ramped things up in preparation for Friday’s CFL regular-season opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by going through a rigorous practice that produced more than No. 3’s fair share of big plays.

    Stamps notes: Maver, Mitchell, Simpson, Cote named team captains
    There’s something about being named a leader, in black and white, that adds a little gravitas to the whole situation.
    “It means a lot to me, especially with a club like this,” said Rob Maver after Monday’s Calgary Stampeders’ practice. ”We just came off a championship. Being part of the Stampeders means winning. To be someone who’s considered to be representing this team, representing the players, it’s a tremendous honour.”
    Maver, the sixth-year Stamps’ punter, is one of four individuals elected as captain for the 2015 season by the players. The others are long-serving linebacker Juwan Simpson, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and fullback Rob Cote.

    McDaniel ready to lead Stamps' receiving corps
    Sure hands, a steady nature and the ability to make clutch plays.
    Marquay McDaniel has been the Calgary Stampeders’ top receiver for more than one reason these past couple of CFL campaigns.
    And there’s nothing that would suggest that he won’t fill that lofty bill once again in 2015.
    “It’s just what I’m used to,” pointed out McDaniel, matter-of-factly. “It’s my role. Guys know that I’m going to be where I’m supposed to be. Always communicating with Bo (Levi Mitchell). Me and him are pretty much on the same page, we have pretty good chemistry, and that’s a good thing when we need a first down or we need something to happen or we need somebody to pick it up if we’re starting off slow. I definitely enjoy that role.”

    Mitchell honoured to be a captain
    There are plenty of reasons for Calgary Stampeders fans to fall in love with Bo Levi Mitchell.
    He’s tall, strapping young fella with an air of confidence about him. He’s the quarterback, the man with the mojo, and he’s darn good when he’s on the field. But what might be his best quality is his humility, and that was on display on Monday.
    Mitchell’s led a charmed existence since coming to the CFL from Eastern Washington University, and you can hardly say he doesn’t deserve it. From getting named the third-stringer out of his first training camp in 2012, then throwing the Stampeders’ only touchdown in the Grey Cup that year, to then going undefeated in three starts in his sophomore year and following that up with a remarkable 2015 campaign, the Katy, Tex., product continues his rise.

    Stampeders heavy favourites to repeat
    The Calgary Stampeders are heavy favourites to repeat as Grey Cup champions.
    According to, the Stampeders are 13-4 favourites to hoist the Grey Cup again this November in Winnipeg.
    While the team suffered some losses on the offensive line, return their two most important players in Bo Levi Mitchell and Jon Cornish.

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