Stampeders lock up Smith

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

CALGARY - Brandon Smith’s comeback won’t end at just one season.

The Calgary Stampeders announced Wednesday they have locked up the defensive halfback to a contract extension, taking him off the free-agent market when it opens Feb. 15.

This season was a solid one for Smith, who came off missing a year with a torn ACL. The Sacramento State product had four interceptions and 43 defensive tackles in playing one of the hardest positions on the field.

At 26, he only seems to be getting better despite missing his entire sophomore campaign from an injury suffered in the pre-season.

“I’m really glad to be coming back to Calgary,” said Smith. “I’ve enjoyed starting my career here. We have great fans and the people in the city have always treated me well. We have a great group in this organization — players, coaches and support staff — and I look forward to an even better season in 2011.”

When Smith was out of the lineup, the Stamps had a hard time replacing him. Smith plays the wide-side halfback spot and is quite often matched up against the best opposition receiver.

“Brandon is very quietly one of the most productive players on our defence,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “He worked hard to come back from a knee injury that he suffered in 2009 and had a great year in 2010.”

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