Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 14, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 14, 2015


    Huff post-practice comments - Nov. 13

    Coach Hufnagel talks to the media as the team prepares to face the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final.

    Players post-practice comments - Nov. 13
    RB Jerome Messam and QB Bo Levi Mitchell talk about facing the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final on Sunday.

    Dave Dickenson post-practice comments - Nov. 13
    Offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Dave Dickenson talks about Jon Cornish and the running game.

    #StampsGettinGrilled - Quinn Smith
    Offensive and defensive lineman Quinn Smith is in the hot seat in this edition of South St. Burger's #StampsGettinGrilled

    The Calgary Stampeder Football Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Stan Schwartz Heart of a Champion Awards.
    The awards are presented annually to high school senior football players throughout the city of Calgary. The Stan Schwartz Heart of a Champion Awards recognize players who have made significant contributions on and off the field to their team, school and community and have shown perseverance.

    Calgary Stampeders Notebook: Team plays coy on private practice
    McMahon Stadium was boarded up Friday.
    It was players and coaches only on the turf as Calgary Stampeders boss John Hufnagel exercised his right to close a practice to the prying eyes of the media leading up to Sunday's West Division semifinal (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).
    So it's safe to assume the Stamps used their private time wisely.

    Calgary Stampeders RB Jerome Messam ready to rumble
    Those balmy summer evenings are built for sports cars.
    Chilly winter afternoons are better suited to the big diesel.
    You can probably guess which category Calgary Stampeders running back Jerome Messam fits into.

    Former Calgary Stampeders free safety Eric Fraser finds success with his hometown B.C. Lions
    Six months ago, Eric Fraser returned to Calgary toting only his possessions and a whole lot of uncertainty.
    After being released by the Ottawa RedBlacks in May, the former Calgary Stampeders free-safety moved into a basement suite in the north end of the city, formulating a tentative plan to continue working on his commercial pilot’s licence while waiting for a call from another CFL team.

    Stampeders veteran Keon Raymond not ready to talk about leaving Calgary
    For most of his career, Keon Raymond has been a man without a home on the football field.
    From cornerback to halfback to cover-linebacker and just about everything in between, the Calgary Stampeders veteran, who has laid claim to the strong-side linebacker position for the past three seasons, has proven versatility and longevity go hand in hand.
    But the man without a home between the white lines has only ever known one CFL home, and that's in Calgary.

    Rogers ready to continue his show for Stamps in post-season
    When he first heard about the CFL brand and its nuances as they pertain to receivers, it sounds like Eric Rogers was quietly salivating in anticipation.
    “Even when I signed the contract to play for Ottawa,” the Calgary Stampeders’ slotback said, “and I was in the office of one of my coaches back in college and I told him ’18 games and you get to run before the ball is snapped? you can do all this stuff? 18 games … I should at least have 1,000 yards and a lot of touchdowns.’
    “And I was just talking to him a couple of weeks ago and he said ‘yeah, I remember you saying that’.

    Stampeders just getting warmed up heading to CFL West semi-final
    If there is a single player who epitomizes what went right for the Calgary Stampeders this season, it might be defensive back Joshua Bell.
    He played college football at Baylor, has 13 NFL games on his resume and began his CFL career with the B.C. Lions – who happen to be Calgary’s opponent in Sunday’s Western Conference semi-final at McMahon Stadium. He joined the Stamps two years ago as a free agent, won a Grey Cup in his inaugural season and this year became one of two Calgary defensive starters to make the CFL All-Star team (defensive end Charleston Hughes was the other).
    Bell was a consistent presence on a team that went 14-4 despite missing its former MVP running back, Jon Cornish, for long stretches of the season. Injuries also decimated the offensive line and kept some of their most notable defenders on the sidelines – including Hughes and Juwan Simpson.

    Calgary Stampeders glad to have Jerome Messam for West semifinal against B.C. Lions
    Figuratively speaking, Jon Cornish is the elephant in the Calgary Stampeders’ room. Or not in the room at the moment, to be precise.
    The fellow actually in the room, Jerome Messam, may not be elephantine but he’s at least a woolly mammoth.
    At 6-3 and 245 pounds, he’s a strapping broth of a tailback who would bulldoze a tackler as willingly as go around him — and whose trade-deadline acquisition has turned a very iffy shot at repeating as Grey Cup champion into no worse than a 50-50 proposition for John Hufnagel’s squad.

    How the Stampeders will win
    The Stampeders will try to take the long way to Winnipeg to defend their Grey Cup. That means playing a semi-final game as they will host the B. C. Lions. The Stampeders are favourites and they should be. Here are some reasons why I think they will win.

    Jennings, defence give Lions a chance
    B.C. Lions rookie quarterback Jonathon Jennings has garnered most of the headlines leading into his team’s Western Semi-Final matchup with the Calgary Stampeders this weekend. Well, him and TSN CFL analyst Jock Climie.
    The CFL rookie played a key part in the Lions’ late-season turnaround, and could be the reason Climie will have to eat his prediction – a Stampeders’ win by virtue of the team showing up – after the game.

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