Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 1, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 1, 2015

    Huff post-practice comments - Sept. 30

    Coach Hufnagel talks about his lineup heading into the game against Hamilton.

    Simpson talks about injury
    Juwan Simpson will miss some games after suffering a broken clavicle last week in Winnipeg.

    The Breakdown: Bo to Quay
    REC Marquay McDaniel and QB Bo Levi Mitchell walk us through their 1st quarter "teardop" pass and catch that led to a Stamps TD.

    Calgary Zoo scouting report
    Charleston Hughes and Ben D'Aguilar do a scouting report on the Tigers at the Calgary Zoo.

    Fourth-string QB Austin Dodge helping Calgary Stampeders learn about unknown Hamilton Tiger-Cats pivot Jeff Mathews

    It was fitting Austin Dodge was helping emulate Jeff Mathews on the practice field this week.
    No one knows much about either quarterback.
    Signed to the Calgary Stampeders practice roster two weeks ago, Dodge is just as much of an unknown to his teammates as the opposition quarterback who will be stepping into the fray for a gone-for-the-season Zach Collaros with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday (5:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).

    Champs catch Toronto Blue Jays fever -- sort of
    It’s been a couple decades since this country has cared about October baseball.
    But Canadians from coast-to-coast will certainly be tuned in to the Major League Baseball playoffs this fall.
    With the Toronto Blue Jays clinching the AL East Division pennant on Wednesday afternoon, there were champagne corks popping across the country.
    But Calgary Stampeders punter Rob Maver, from nearby London, Ont., says this newfound love affair with the Jays doesn’t compare to what he witnessed as a kid.

    Calgary Stampeders expect Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB Jeff Mathews to be ready under coach Kent Austin
    Moulding Jeff Mathews into Ivy League football’s all-time leader passer at Cornell University was impressive.
    If Kent Austin can turn the strong-armed 6-foot-4 quarterback into anything close to the fallen Zach Collaros between now and the playoffs, it would borderline on miraculous.
    But miracles happen.
    Or maybe Mathews doesn’t need to be Collaros for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-4) to keep their perch atop the CFL’s East Division and make their way to a third-straight Grey Cup appearance.

    Matt Walters disappointed to be healthy scratch for Calgary Stampeders
    The bag of Doritos on Matt Walter’s shoulders continues to grow.
    Tearing apart the CIS ranks with the University of Calgary Dinos a few years ago didn’t do much for his CFL draft stock, as the 5-foot-10, 217-pounder fell all the way to the fifth round, forcing the Calgary Stampeders running back to go about proving people wrong ever since.
    Now, a two-game stint as a healthy inactive has increased the size of the chip he’s carrying around.
    “You’ve gotta have trust that the coaches make decisions in the best interests of the team, and I’m a team guy, so that’s how it goes sometimes,” said Walter, at the same time expressing disappointment at not being able to contribute.

    Stampeders veteran Juwan Simpson not used to being injured
    Take away someone’s ability to do what defines them, and that person likely won’t be the same.
    Juwan Simpson is a football player.
    One who can’t play football right now.
    So you can understand why the Calgary Stampeders middle linebacker, usually a trash-talking presence no matter the circumstances or the situation, low-talked his way through his first meeting with the media since it was revealed a broken collarbone will keep him off the field for an estimated four-to-six weeks.
    “I was just thinking it was something small — you know … a strain,” Simpson, with his left arm in a sling, said Tuesday afternoon at McMahon Stadium. “You get those bumps and bruises from time to time. I was definitely shocked by (the diagnosis). You realize that it’s all part of the game, and I’ve been fortunate and blessed up to this point to not miss a lot of football, so you’ve just gotta take that into consideration, as well.”

    New Stampeders lineman getting the call at left tackle
    A month ago, Derek Dennis was in the snakepit, rolling out for passes with the Arizona Rattlers.
    On Friday, he will be thrown into the Tiger-Cats cage.
    Due to a foot injury suffered last week by left tackle Garry Williams, the Calgary Stampeders are calling on another new player to for an emergency start on the offensive line.
    Dennis just arrived in Calgary a week ago after finishing the Arena Football League season, but he’s drawing in at left tackle for Friday’s important meeting with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

    Stamps not as desperate as Als!
    Despite a key injury to defensive team captain and MLB Juwan Simpson, Stamps head coach and GM John Hufnagel had zero interest in free agent national linebacker Henoc Muamba. Although Muamba could be seen as a ratio changer, the Stamps do not use a non-import linebacker under Rich Stubler’s system. In addition, if the numbers being thrown around are correct, the signing of Muamba would have had a very negative effect in a tight Stampeder dressing room.

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