Hebert hits old news for Eskimos SB Stamps
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|As a former college teammate, Fred Stamps is familiar with hits by Alouettes safety Kyries Hebert like the one here on Blue Bombers Desmond Washington. (Reuters)
EDMONTON - Call it the blockbuster of the 2012 CFL season.
Or maybe a buster of a block would more accurately describe how Montreal Alouettes safety Kyries Hebert absolutely befuddled Hamilton Tiger-Cats slotback Onrea Jones with a candidate for most-hellacious hit of the year on Thursday.
And Edmonton Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps has been in that position before. Not just taking a bump like it, either, but being on the receiving end of plenty of Hebert hits.
“I was like, ‘Wow!’ ” Stamps said of watching the play unfold following an interception on a Henry Burris pass by Jerald Brown in the third quarter before Jones was caught with his head down. “But I’ve known Kyries since I’ve been in college. That’s his reputation, he’s a hitter.”
Stamps played with Hebert at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, where the defensive back led the team in tackles in each of his three seasons from 1999-2001.
“He used to do that in practice when we were in college,” Stamps said of his former teammate, who holds the Cincinnati Bengals single-season record for special-teams tackles. “He didn’t hold back at all. He’ll go back and hit you in practice.
“That’s the type of guy he is.”