Pearl River pair team up with Stamps

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:12 AM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders already have their own version of the so-called South Beach Trio.

Now, meet the Pearl River Pair. Although they didn’t share the field during their short post-secondary careers, Calgary Stampeders defensive backs Johnnie Dixon and Marcus Jemison have found instant common ground — both are products of tiny Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.

“I know (Dixon) good now, but before Calgary I didn’t know him as well, because he was leaving our school when I was getting there,” Jemison said. “But we’re tight now. We basically come from the same background. We have the same type of story, really.”

Dixon, 22, is entering his sophomore season at McMahon Stadium and is the projected starter at the weak-side cornerback spot vacated by the departure of Dwight Anderson.

The 21-year-old Jemison was the Wildcats’ leading tackler in Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges action last season. Now a three-down football freshman, he’s hoping to prove he’s ready for the pro ranks, too.

“I thought I would be the only person from Pearl River, because coming from JUCO (junior college) to professional football is pretty hard,” Dixon said.

“I think I helped some people out with that, coming from Juco to the CFL. I’d never heard of anybody coming from Juco to the professional level, so I think I maybe opened up a little hole for some people.”

Extra points

SB Nik Lewis left Monday’s second practice session about a half-hour early. Head coach John Hufnagel didn’t seem too concerned, saying his star slotback had some tightness in his leg … The Stamps are still awaiting the arrival of

OL Zac Carlson, who apparently misplaced his passport ... As expected, OL Dimitri Tsoumpas missed Monday’s two-a-day sessions with a hamstring issue.


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