Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 24, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 24, 2014

    Post-practice comments: Walter

    RB Matt Walter spoke to the media ahead of his start in Friday's game against the Riders.

    Post-practice comments: Mitchell
    QB Bo Levi Mitchell speaks to the media ahead of Friday's game against the Riders.

    Post-practice comments: Rogers
    Rookie receiver Eric Rogers talks to the media as he gets set for his CFL debut on Friday against the Riders.

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    Hufnagel, Stamps focus on details

    It may have been a routine play in the middle of a routine practice, but it spoke the commitment to detail the Stampeders are trying to maintain.
    During a drill, Calgary quarterback Drew Tate went into his cadence. The defensive line went into its stance. Suddenly defensive lineman Shawn Lemon jumped out of his stance. During a game, that would have earned him a penalty flag. In practice? It earned him a quick lap around McMahon Stadium.

    Calgary Stampeders' Eric Rogers ready for debut
    Eric Rogers has never taken the easy road.
    He prefers forks, U-turns, and the circuitous route.
    He started his climb through the football ranks at Division III California Lutheran.
    It continued as an undrafted free-agent in Dallas Cowboys training camp last season, where he rubbed shoulders and ran routes with receivers such as Dez Bryant.

    Violence in Ottawa strikes at heart of Calgary Stampeders OL Brander Craighead
    The tragic events taking place on Parliament Hill took less than a split-second to hit home for Brander Craighead.
    Growing up just outside Ottawa in Nepean, Ont., the Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman immediately had to check in with family back home Wednesday morning when a lone gunman shot and killed a soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the War Memorial and then proceeded to storm the capital.

    Calgary Stampeders share tales of cancer battles
    As far as colour schemes go, red and pink are not often paired together.
    But no one will care if the two pigments clash Friday night.
    The Calgary Stampeders will have pink trim and volunteers will sell off mittens, tuques, scarves and t-shirts to raise money and awareness to battle women’s cancers at the club’s seventh annual PinkPower game.

    Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders a contrast in QBs
    On July 10, 2003, Kerry Joseph made his CFL debut in a winning fashion for the Ottawa Renegades.
    Bo Levi Mitchell can’t quite recall that start.
    “I guess I was in seventh or eighth grade, so I was probably playing a lot of video games,” the Calgary Stampeders’ 24-year-old quarterback said with a grin Thursday, as a matchup with Joseph and the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders looms Friday at McMahon Stadium (7:30 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

    Calgary Stampeders' Josh Bell making an impact
    If you’re looking for reasons why the Calgary Stampeders defence is giving up 19.1 points per game this season, second-best in the CFL, look no further than the middle of the field.
    After the free-safety position looked more like a revolving door than the last line of defence in 2013, with four different players making starts, Josh Bell has provided stability.

    Calgary Stampeders know all about Kerry Joseph
    There’s plenty of game film on Kerry Joseph.
    Sure, it might be in black and white. But at least it exists.
    After facing four relatively unknown quarterbacks — Seth Doege, Tino Sunseri, Brian Brohm and Robert Marve — over the past couple of weeks, the Stamps will face a more seasoned face when Joseph leads the Saskatchewan Roughriders into McMahon Stadium on Friday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

    Walter aiming for a breakout game against Saskatchewan on Friday
    Come January, Matt Walter will begin working toward his Master’s degree in neuroscience. A bit of an end-around for a guy who graduated with a Business degree but then shifting gears is what the Calgarian has always done best, on the football field that is, even though this season he will be the first to admit hasn’t been his finest.
    “I tend to have really high expectations for myself and I don’t feel I’ve yet developed enough to the point where I’m meeting my potential,” Walter, a third-year Stampeder, conceded. “But every game I think I’ve improved on all aspects of the game so if I just keep that trend moving, then good to go.”

    Kerry Joseph had his cake and got to eat it, too
    The Oct. 4th celebrations for Kerry Joseph’s 41st were well underway back at home in Slidell, La. Family, a few friends, were busy tucking into their dinner.
    Then the phone rang.
    “It was Corey (Chamblin),” says Joseph.
    He certainly wasn’t calling all the way from Regina to serenade the man of the hour with a couple off-key choruses of “Happy Birthday, dear Ker-rrrrrry . . .”

    Stamps notes: Eric Rogers gets first taste of Calgary-Saskatchewan rivalry
    Eric Rogers has been studying all week long for his big CFL test, but a little extra cramming won’t hurt.
    “We go over assignments so much, (but) I definitely had to look over it a little more than the other guys,” said the Calgary Stampeders’ receiver who will suit up for the game on Friday night versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7:30 p.m., News Talk 770, TSN), yet another guy to step in and fill injured shoes. Joe West tweaked his hamstring in the Winnipeg game and will sit this one out, making way for the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder out of California Lutheran.
    Rogers has been on the practice roster since early July.

    Game Day: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders
    Stamps RB Matt Walter
    With Jon Cornish taking a rest, the university of Calgary Dinos product gets to carry the rock. The stamps offence would like to prove it is more than just a one player team, so it will want Walter to do some damage against the riders defence. Walter has done well in his action this season, rushing for 5.1 yards per carry and to tallying 275 yards, which is a career high. Back in his college days, Walter was an every down back so this situation isn’t unusual for him.

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