Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 4, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 4, 2015

    Post-practice comments - Nov. 3

    Coach Hufnagel and RB Jerome Messam talk about the upcoming game against BC.

    The Breakdown: West TD
    Receiver Joe West breaks down his 15-yard touchdown reception against the Riders.


    For a second consecutive year, a record has been set in the annual Salvation Army Coat Drive., supported by Q107.
    A total 5,100 jackets were collected at the Oct. 31 game against Saskatchewan as well as in the days leading up to the game through school and workplace campaigns. In addition to breaking the record set a year ago, the total surpassed the target, which had been set at 5,000 jackets.

    QB Drew Tate to start against B.C. Lions for Calgary Stampeders
    John Hufnagel hasn’t finalized his roster.
    But backup quarterback Drew Tate will get the start Saturday at BC Place.
    After mocking the fair-weather media for hiding out indoors while he and the players suffered through a chilly practice Tuesday at McMahon Stadium, Hufnagel says he’s still weighing his options at different spots.
    “I’d like to play all three (quarterbacks),” Hufnagel said. “Drew will start though.
    “We’ll do what we can to be flexible with the roster, but there’s only so much you can do.”

    Quinn Smith returns to Calgary Stampeders O-Line
    It had been a while since Quinn Smith tried on his No. 90 jersey.
    He was starting to wonder if someone had washed it in hot water during the past two months.
    “It’s a little tight, actually,” Smith said after rejoining the defensive line at Tuesday practice.
    “I don’t know if it shrunk or if I got a little bigger over on the o-line.”
    That’s understandable.
    Joining the offensive line is not exactly the same as joining Jenny Craig.
    The big guys are big for a reason.

    Juwan Simpson back practising with Calgary Stampeders
    You didn’t need to see Juwan Simpson to know he was back.
    You could hear him loud and clear.
    The trash-talking Calgary Stampeders middle linebacker has missed the last four of the CFL team’s games after breaking his clavicle in Winnipeg on Sept. 25.
    He made a boisterous return to the field Tuesday.
    “Yeah, I heard him, too,” Hufnagel quipped when asked about having the heart and soul of his defence back on the field.
    “Whether he goes to the game or not, we just want him to get on the field and get some practise in.”

    Stamps notes: Simpson back on field as he aims for playoff return
    The familiar No. 12 was on the field for Calgary Stampeders’ practice on Tuesday. If you didn’t see Juwan Simpson, well …
    “I heard him, too,” joked head coach/GM John Hufnagel. “He’s feeling good and whether he goes to the game or not, we just want him to get some practice in.”
    Simpson has sat out these past five weeks with a broken clavicle and was given the green light by doctors this week to resume practice.
    “Feels great,” the veteran middle linebacker submitted. “It’s been feeling good the last couple of weeks actually. Felt good to get back out there, running around. Just waiting it out, whenever that number’s called.

    Rookie Wiggan counted upon on Stamps D-line
    It’s a game which means nothing as far as standings but everything in terms of momentum.
    So it’s a fine line the Calgary Stampeders must walk on Saturday when they play the B.C. Lions — their opponents in the West Division semi-final at McMahon Stadium on Nov. 15 — in Vancouver.
    Some nicked vets will sit, others will see limited duty, while some youngsters will get significant time on the BC Place field. That, for defensive lineman Derek Wiggan, is nothing new.

    Stampeders seek balance in regular-season finale
    Stay sharp, stay healthy and don’t show all your cards is the challenge the Calgary Stampeders will face in their final regular-season game.
    The defending Grey Cup champions (13-4) close out on the road against the B.C. Lions (7-10) on Saturday. A win is desirable but impacts neither the standings nor the playoff picture.
    The two teams will meet again in the West Division semifinal eight days later in Calgary, by far the most important contest. Both the Stampeders and Lions will manage the game and their rosters Saturday with that Nov. 15 playoff encounter in mind.

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