Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for September 23, 2015

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  1. Madman

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for September 23, 2015

    Huff post-practice comments - Sept. 22

    Coach Hufnagel spoke to the media following practice.

    Mitchell post-practice comments - Sept. 22
    QB Bo Levi Mitchell talks about all the injuries to quarterbacks across the league this season.

    Skye Dawson joins the Stamps
    Newest Stampeder KR Skye Dawson talks to the media after his first practice.

    #StampsGettinGrilled - Rob Maver
    Punter Rob Maver answers questions submitted by fans on social media.

    Fire Up with Gordon Norrie
    Stampeders president Gordon Norrie got to sit in the cockpit of an 8,000 horse power Top Fuel Dragster and PROSTAID Calgary/Dark Side Racing gave him the opportunity for the Fire Up for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.


    Having prevented opposing offences from finding the end zone in four of Calgary’s last six games, the stingy Stampeder defence has been achieving their desired style of play in recent weeks.
    “The model for our defence is play fast, execute and communicate,” described Khalil Carter, the Stamps’ first-year defensive backs coach. “Those guys are doing a great job over the course of our last couple of wins of just doing just that. Being able to know what each other are doing and covering each other up, and making plays when the time (comes).”
    The BC Lions were unable to score a touchdown offensively in Friday’s loss to the Red and White and were intercepted three times by the Calgary secondary. Although the Stampeders faced a rookie quarterback in Jonathon Jennings for the majority of the contest, Carter was quick to identify a major reason for their defensive success.

    Calgary Stampeder Spencer Wilson a man of all trades
    He played right guard.
    Then moved to left tackle.
    And finally handled the snapping duties.
    It’s all in a day’s work for Spencer Wilson.
    With Calgary Stampeders centre Pierre Lavertu sitting out the second half of Tuesday’s practice with a stinger and left tackle Garry Williams coming back from an arm injury, Wilson, the jack-of-all-things-offensive lineman, moved all over the place.

    Calgary Stampeders' Bo Levi Mitchell last of two starting CFL QBs standing this season
    Bo Levi Mitchell is an endangered species.
    Spotting a healthy CFL starting quarterback is a bigger rarity than seeing a Golden Cheeked Warbler.
    Mitchell can only shake his head at the league-wide carnage that claimed Hamilton Tiger-Cats star pivot Zach Collaros for the season on the weekend.
    “The guy has been playing completely out of his mind,” Mitchell said of Collaros’ impressive first half of the season. “He was up there in the (league Most Outstanding Player Award) talks. It’s probably him and (Stamps slotback) Eric (Rogers) right now in my mind. They’re far ahead in the stats.

    Skye’s the limit for Dawson, new Calgary Stampeders returner
    It seems almost fitting Skye Dawson will wear No. 17.
    After all, the last guy to wear those digits gave the Calgary Stampeders new kick returner the low-down on the defending Grey Cup champions.
    “I had no clue (I would be traded),” Dawson said after his first workout at McMahon Stadium on Tuesday. “It’s crazy because the day before yesterday, I was talking to one of my (Eskimos) teammates, and he came from here. I was talking to Sed (Cunningham), and I asked, ‘What’s the difference between being in Edmonton and being here?’

    Stamps notebook: Bo Levi Mitchell on endangered list
    As part of the endangered list of CFL starting quarterbacks, Bo Levi Mitchell offered his sympathy for the latest brethren to go down, Hamilton’s Zach Collaros.
    “The guy’s been playing completely out of his mind,” Mitchell submitted. “He’s up there in MOP talks, he and right now Eric (Rogers) in my mind, the way they’ve been playing. A guy who’s just a great ambassador for the league. So it’s tough to see him go down, especially another quarterback, with what we’ve been going through this year.
    “Almost feels like Survivor out there right now. So I hope it’s not as bad as what people are saying, I hope he can get back soon.”

    Conversation foreshadowed Dawson's move from Esks to Stamps
    When one-time Calgary Stampeder Sederrik Cunningham sat down with Skye Dawson to chat about his former team, little did either of them know what was just about to transpire.
    You could call it serendipity.
    “It’s crazy because the day before yesterday, I was talking to one of my teammates, he just got there, and he came from here,” began Dawson.
    “I asked him what’s the difference between being in Edmonton and being here. He started explaining and I thought, man, that’s crazy.

    Calgary coach Hufnagel wants nothing but the best from Stampeders
    Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel would have preferred his locker-room comments not be on television for all to hear after last week’s win over the B.C. Lions.
    His message to his football team was their execution wasn’t nearly good enough to win another Grey Cup.
    Hufnagel was heard opening with “I don’t want to rain on your party. You’ve got to be better than that” and ending with “this type of performance ain’t getting it done” after a 35-23 victory over the Lions.

    Hufnagel looking for more complete efforts from his team
    It’s hard to quibble with the record, or how most of the team is playing. However, John Hufnagel got the feeling the other night that if some sloppiness continues in the playoffs, the Calgary Stampeders won’t be repeating as Grey Cup champions and might not even get there.
    After the Stamps beat the B.C. Lions 35-23 on Friday night, TSN cameras peeked into the locker-room in time to catch Hufnagel telling his team what they did in that outing wasn’t good enough to be successful in win-or-go-home games.
    The Stamps allowed a pair of special teams touchdowns — Chris Rainey was named one of the CFL’s top stars of the week for his effort — and the defence provided six turnovers to help Calgary escape with the win.

    My new top three for the CFL MOP Award
    When historians write the story of the 2015 Canadian Football League season, they may well title it “The Year of the Quarterback Injury”.
    The latest to go down is Hamiltons’ fine pivot, Zac Collaros. He will miss the balance of the season and hopes to be ready for training camp, next June. At the time of his injury, Collaros was the leading candidate for the Canadian Football League Outstanding Player Award. His injury will likely eliminate him from consideration for that award.
  2. Liske

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    Donna Spencer of the Canadian Press seems to be new on the Stamps beat.

    Her questions, especially to Huf were annoying.
  3. Bumpnrun

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    I think what concerns Hufnagel is having complacency set in.
    For some reason this year the team has provided or has allowed too many big plays from
    the opposition. The level of execution offensively, defensively, and especially on special teams has to keep improving.

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