Stamps scramble for Canuck talent

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

CALGARY - After holding an all-Canadian kicker tryout Sunday afternoon, the Calgary Stampeders are hoping for a quick fix to one of their major problems.

As the case often is in the Canadian Football League, when injuries hit to non-imports, its a devastating problem for a teams dynamic.

The Stamps had not one but two problems arise in Fridays season-opening loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

An instant SOS went out to Canadian-born kickers after Rob Maver suffered a torn quad in the midst of missing three field goals in the loss.

The tryout consisted of Jamie Boreham, Aaron Ifield and Rene Paredes with only one getting the invite to practice Monday. Paredes appears to be the leading contender, which would give the Stamps an all-Concordia duo along with punter Burke Dales.

The position would be easier to fill if not for Corey Maces torn Achilles.

If the Stamps could just plug an import in as a temporary fix at their kicking position, the lack of Canadian kicking options wouldnt be such an issue.

Mace could be gone for the rest of this season in a huge blow to the Stamps defence.

He could also be easily replaced, if the Stamps had ratio flexibility.

The Stamps had just one healthy Canadian on the active roster who didnt dress Friday night linebacker Marc Calixte and he could play Friday in B.C. if Malik Jackson isnt recovered from his concussion suffered Friday.

If Calixte takes off Jackson, while Karl McCartney becomes the starter at wide-side linebacker, then the Stamps could activate an import defensive tackle, and there are plenty of options.

The team obviously didnt want to mess with things by having to add an import at the kicking position, so they invited three Canucks to try out Sunday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.

Only one of them Boreham has any CFL experience, but the Manitoba Bisons product hasnt kicked field goals full-time since 2006, when he was with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Both Ifield and Paredes are CIS graduates who were solid at the University of Calgary and Concordia, respectively, but neither were given jobs.

Paredes at least got a training camp chance with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but that team stayed with their incumbents.

There are plenty of Canadian kickers in the CFL both with and without jobs currently.

But depth doesnt mean quality.

Even the most accurate kicker of all-time, Sandro DeAngelis, was a scratch this week by the Montreal Alouettes as they let Sean Whyte take the mantle as their kicker.

Three teams Montreal, B.C. and Edmonton are carrying a Canuck kicker that isnt dressing, just to make sure they have an option available.

The Alouettes actually drafted a kicker with their first pick in this years draft, while at the same time trading for Whyte. When DeAngelis was cut by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Als scooped him up immediately.

They knew, as the Stamps are finding out, that it always helps to have options.


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