Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stamps Extend One Of Their Top Defenders

Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that import defensive back Brandon Smith has signed a contract extension. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Smith is coming off the finest season of his four-year CFL career with the Stamps. In 2011, he led the team with 65 tackles and added six pass knockdowns, an interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Smith started all 18 regular-season games and the West Division semifinal against Edmonton. Smith was Calgary’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

“Brandon showed tremendous poise with our young defence in 2011 and has grown into one of the leaders of that unit,” said Hufnagel. “It was important to re-sign Brandon and we are looking for great things from him in 2012.”

In 2008, as a rookie with the Stamps, Smith started 17 games including the West final and Grey Cup. He had four tackles in the Stamps’ Grey Cup win over Montreal. Smith suffered a knee injury in 2009 and missed the entire regular season before returning in 2010 to start 17 regular-season games and the West final.

The Stamps originally signed Smith in May 2008. He attended a mini-camp with the NFL’s Detroit Lions before joining the Arena Football League’s San Jose SaberCats in 2007.

Smith played college football at Sacramento State and led the team with three interceptions in 2005.

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