Signing Stampeders add 6 Players

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  1. Madman

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    The Calgary Stampeders have added international quarterback Nick Arbuckle, international receiver Devonte Robinson, international defensive back Joel Ross and international defensive linemen Perez Ford, Josh Francis and Jason Neill to the practice roster.

    CFL teams are permitted to carry up to 15 practice-roster players (up from the usual 10) for a one-month period.

    Here is more information on the newcomers:

    Nick Arbuckle
    College: Georgia State
    Height: 6.01
    Weight: 215
    Born: Oct. 4, 1993

    Arbuckle attended the 2016 mini-camp of the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers. He played two seasons at Georgia State and as a senior in 2015 was first-team all-Sun Belt Conference and was also the conference’s student-athlete of the year. He set a Sun Belt record with 4,368 passing yards in 2015 and set school records with 307 completions and 28 touchdowns.

    Devonte Robinson
    College: Utah State
    Height: 6.02
    Weight: 190
    Born: Oct. 29, 1993

    Robinson signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent on Apr. 30, 2016. He played two seasons (2014-15) at Utah State and had 44 catches for 552 yards and four touchdowns for the Aggies. He was a second-team conference all-star for Dodge City Community College as a sophomore.

    Joel Ross
    Defensive back
    College: Appalachian State
    Height: 5.10
    Weight: 190
    Born: June 12, 1992

    Ross was added to the practice roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015 and attended training camp with the Chicago Bears in 2016. He played four seasons (2011-14) at Appalachian State and was a three-year starter.

    Perez Ford
    Defensive lineman
    College: Northern Illinois
    Height: 6.00
    Weight: 227
    Born: Jan. 20, 1994

    Ford played four seasons at Northern Illinois and was first-team all-Mid American Conference as a senior in 2015 after recording 42 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. In 55 career games, he had 129 tackles, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles.

    Josh Francis
    Defensive lineman
    College: West Virginia
    Height: 6.00
    Weight: 239
    Born: Nov. 30, 1990

    Francis spent the first month of the 2016 season on the Stampeders’ practice roster before being released on July 25. He attended training camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2015. Francis played two seasons (2012-13) at West Virginia and as a senior in 2013, he led the Mountaineers with 15 tackles for loss.

    Jason Neill
    Defensive lineman
    College: Texas-San Antonio
    Height: 6.02
    Weight: 266
    Born: Oct. 28, 1992

    Neill signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016, and attended mini-camp. He then signed with the Cleveland Browns and was released at the conclusion of training camp. He played four seasons at the University of Texas-San Antonio and graduated as the Roadrunners’ all-time leader in tackles for loss (23.5) and sacks (14). He earned second-team all-Conference USA honours as a senior in 2015.

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