Rookie Ralph shows moves

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

At 5 ft. 10 in. and 175 lb., it's easy to lose sight of Brett Ralph on a crowded football field.

The Stamps rookie receiver was certainly not forgotten in the aftermath of Saturday's crushing defeat to the Ottawa Renegades.

Ralph was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal performance, catching six passes for 100 yards, the first ones of his CFL career.

To top it off, each time the University of Alberta product caught a pass, he moved the yardsticks. None of the balls Ralph took from quarterback Henry Burris were all that deep but the small receiver made up for it by shaking tacklers. Head coach Tom Higgins was impressed.

"All the players and coaching staff knew he would catch the football," Higgins said. "The surprise is we didn't know he was so slippery.

"He won't just going down even though he's not the biggest physical specimen. He has a degree of toughness about him to get us some key first downs and help us stay out on the field."

The 23-year-old red-shirted at Alberta last season after transferring from Boise State. So it's been nearly two years since a defender hit him hard at full speed.

"I guess it is true. I was joking around with (backup QB) Jason Gesser today when we were stretching on the field," Ralph said. "I haven't taken a real hit in who knows how long. The first time I was hit this year, and even last year, was last night. I'm sure there's more big ones to come."

EXTRA POINTS: The Stamps came out the loss relatively unscathed. DL Rahim Abdullah pulled his groin early but returned to record two sacks. He should be at practice tomorrow ... DB Jermaine Chatman recorded his first CFL interception -- the first by a Stampeder this season -- picking off Kerry Joseph and returning it 14 yards to set up a Joffrey Reynolds. Calgary's turnover ratio after three games is minus six.


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