News CFL's Calgary Stampeders comb through local talent in Peters Township open tryout

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    Feb 25, 2013
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    PETERS TWP. -- Last Sunday, 55 football players gathered together at Peters Township High School for a chance to play professionally in Canada.

    In one of the 10 open tryouts the Calgary Stampeders hold each year, the team decided to hold one of those in Pittsburgh for the first time. Kyle Carson, a scout and football operations coordinator for the CFL team, cited the depth of the talent in western Pennsylvania, as well as the team’s success in plucking talent from the area as reason for holding a tryout in Pittsburgh.

    Among local players on the team, there are Aliquippa graduate and former Pitt and California (Pa.) player Tommie Campbell and Beaver Falls graduate and Pitt player Todd Thomas. The local ties extend beyond the players, as Carson grew up in Center Township and Peters Township, and the team’s president and general manager, John Hufnagel, is a McKees Rocks native and a former Penn State quarterback.

    Carson was impressed with the level of talent that showed up to the event. Former Pitt players Elijah Fields, Daryl Render and Trenton Coles were there, as was Anthony Keriotis, a Beaver graduate and former Washington and Jefferson player. Among the quarterbacks there were Ricky Stanzi, formerly of Iowa and multiple NFL teams in a five-year career, as well as Matt Johnson, who was the MAC offensive
    player of the year his senior year at Bowling Green two years ago.

    “It excelled our expectations. The talent was really good. It was a competitive group, it was a fiery group and it was a talented group,” Carson said. “Most of them that were on the field had a legitimate shot to play at our level in terms of the athletic measurables and how they performed on the field.”

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