RIDERS ADD A PAIR

July 29th, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international wide receiver Korey Williams and international defensive lineman Chancey Aghayere  have joined the teams practice roster. 
 
Williams (6’ – 185) will be in his second CFL season after originally entering the league in 2013 with the B.C. Lions. Last season the NorthWest Oklahoma State product registered seven receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown, while adding one rush attempt for 41 yards in 15 regular season games. The 27-year-old also had 15 punt returns for 56 yards and six kickoff returns for 64 yards.
 
Aghayere (6’4 – 265) joins the Riders after attending off-season workouts with the Seattle Seahawks. He had previously signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in April, 2013.
 
Previously, the Texas native played four seasons at Louisiana State where he collected 44 defensive tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks in 43 career collegiate games. 

TWO RIDERS GET PLAYER OF THE WEEK

July 29th, 2014

Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive end John Chick and linebacker Sam Hurl have each been named a CFL Gibson’s Finest Player of the Week.
 
Chick was named Defensive Player of the Week after a dominating performance in Saturday’s 37-9 victory over the visiting Toronto Argonauts. The 31-year-old Wyoming native recorded two quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one defensive tackle.
 
For the season, Chick has 11 defensive tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and a league leading six quarterback sacks. This is the third time in five CFL seasons that Chick has picked up Defensive Player of the Week.
 
Hurl was named Canadian Player of the Week after an equally impressive week five performance. The 24-year-old Calgary native registered a single game career high seven defensive tackles, while also adding a fumble recovery.
 
The three year CFL veteran currently sits fourth in the league with 21 defensive tackles. It is the first time Hurl has picked up Player of the Week honours.
 
It is the third and fourth time this season that a Rider has earned Player of the Week honours after Ricky Foley picked up double recognition to open the season.

STAMPS ADD HUGH CHARLES

July 28th, 2014

Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the signing of international running back Hugh Charles to the practice roster. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 
Currently in his seventh CFL season, Charles has rushed 401 times for 2,170 yards and 15 touchdowns and added 82 receptions for 995 yards and five touchdowns over 55 games with Saskatchewan and Edmonton. He has also returned 78 kickoffs for 1,718 yards, a 22.0 average.
 
“Hugh is a CFL veteran who over the years has demonstrated great ability as a runner, a receiver out of the backfield and a kick returner,” said Hufnagel. “With our current injury situation, Hugh provides some very valuable depth for us at the running back and kick-returner positions.”
 
Charles first joined the league as a free agent with Saskatchewan in 2008 where he played 21 games before being traded to Edmonton on Oct. 12, 2011. Charles became the Eskimos’ featured back in 2012 and 2013, amassing 1,292 rushing yards and 724 receiving yards over 31 regular-season games.
 
During his breakout year in 2012, the University of Colorado product registered his first 100-yard rushing game against BC, rushed for a career-high 152 yards against Saskatchewan and recorded two 100-yard receiving games, including a career-best 145 yards against Winnipeg.
 
Charles was released by Edmonton at the end of training camp this year and played one game with Saskatchewan.

RIDERS 37 ARGOS 9

July 28th, 2014

REGINA – Will Ford kicked off his Roughriders run with a bang Saturday evening as Saskatchewan beat the visiting Toronto Argonauts 37-9 under the lights at Mosaic Stadium.

The newly signed running back scored first-half touchdowns of 20, three and two yards for Saskatchewan (2-2). Ford’s three touchdowns on the ground put him one rushing score behind Ferd Burket, Milson Jones and George Reed, who share the single-game record in franchise history.

The injury-depleted Argonauts (1-4), meanwhile, dropped their third straight game. Toronto’s lone victory came against the Riders in Toronto in Week 2.

Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant was 9-of-17 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown, and also surpassed the 2,500 career rushing yards mark, picking up 28 yards on the ground during the game.

Ricky Ray, meanwhile, was 23-of-35 passing for 221 yards and Argos backup Trevor Harris completed 8-of-12 passes for 80 yards.

Ford, an East Division All-Star with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2013 who signed with the Riders this week, was aided by an enthusiastic crowd of 32,621 and a strong showing by Saskatchewan on defence.

(The Canadian Press)

TOSTON BIDING HIS TIME

July 23rd, 2014

The 1-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders held Day 2 of their practice week on Wednesday as they prepare to host the 1-3 Toronto Argonauts on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium (8:00 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network). The team rotated through running backs Anthony Allen, Will Ford and Jerome Messam on Wednesday while first year back Keith Toston ran with the scout team.

Toston (pronounced TOAST-In) was arguably the Riders’ most productive running back in the preseason but hasn’t had a chance to play in the regular season. He was asked how the running back “carousel” affects the team.

“It don’t affect a whole lot,” Toston explained. “Most of the guys are like brothers when it comes to the running back group so we just try to stick together. Whoever gets the reps, we just try to cheer that guy on. We all go through the same amount of sweat and same amount of pain to be in this position to try to play. We won’t have a rivalry against a teammate.”

The Oklahoma State product was asked his thoughts on the team’s starting running backs being benched, or cut, after fumbling the ball away.

“That’s a tough deal,” Toston admitted. “I’ve disagreed with that since I got into professional football. But that’s the nature of the business – you can’t turn the ball over. That’s understandable. You train so hard, and by just one mess up, you could be over there watching the game. But I can see both sides of it.”

I told Allen I was impressed that he came back after the bye week since he hasn’t had the opportunity yet to show what he can do. He had considered leaving in the past, but has decided to keep his dream alive and didn’t consider staying in the U.S. last week.

“No,” Toston revealed. “I feel like my coaches and teammates see me practice hard every time we’re out here so I feel like I should be here and I still am here. I’m just waiting for my chance, that’s it. When I get my chance, I’ll make the best of it.”

Toston stood in the media scrum and handled the pointed questions with class. Rider Radio analyst Carm Carteri asked Keith how it felt to see veterans Hugh Charles and Jerome Messam come in and be placed on the roster immediately while he sits in the shadows.

“That’s tough,” Toston continued. “But I understand our number one thing here is to try to win a game. I respect it and I’ll just keep pushing to get an opportunity.”

The Riders aren’t tipping their hand as to who will start in the backfield on Saturday. Head coach Corey Chamblin says their evaluations continue ahead of the game.

“I think every back that was out there got a touch today,” Chamblin said after the workout. “As we go down the stretch we have to make sure that more than one guy can play. I really can’t tell you who’ll start and that’s an honest opinion. Those guys are doing a good job rotating through and it depends on how we end up liking our packages and different things.”

Meanwhile slotback Chris Getzlaf missed the practice as he continues to recover from a lower body injury. His status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.

RIDER TRANSACTIONS

July 23rd, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added the following players:
 
· International defensive back Woodny Turenne
· National defensive back Matt Webster

CORNISH TO SIX GAME INJURY LIST

July 23rd, 2014

 
The Calgary Stampeders have placed national running back Jon Cornish on the six-game injury list. The reigning Most Outstanding Player in the Canadian Football League has been out of action since suffering a concussion in a Week 1 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.
 
Cornish would be eligible to return on Sept. 6 when the Stamps play in Edmonton although the team has the right to activate him prior to that date if the situation allows.
 
“Jon continues to make progress in his recovery but we understand the importance of being extremely careful with this type of injury and we want to make sure Jon has all the time he needs to get completely healthy,” said Stampeders general manager and head coach John Hufnagel. “We look forward to having Jon back in the lineup and, in the meantime, other players have stepped up in his absence. I’m confident that will continue to be the case.”

RIDERS ADD WILL FORD

July 22nd, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international running back Will Ford has joined the teams practice roster. 
 
Ford (5’11 – 195) is a three year CFL veteran after originally entering the league in 2012 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Last season the South Carolina State product was named an East Division All-Star after running for 594 yards and two touchdowns on 113 carries while adding seven receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown in 13 regular season games with the Bombers. The 27-year-old also had 45 kickoff returns for 1,047 yards and two touchdowns including a 100 yard long return. He was twice named CFL Special Teams Player of the Week following performances in week 11 and 15.   
 

TAMAN ON THE CAGE

July 21st, 2014

Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman made his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM’s SportsCage on Monday and discussed the state of his 1-2 Riders as they return from the bye week for Tuesday’s closed practice at Mosaic Stadium. Here are his quotes:

ON BYE WEEK ACTIVITIES

BT: You’ve gotta pace yourself in this business and our coaches took three or four days off and then came back at the end of last week. J.O. and I took a couple days off and tried to take it easy but in our business, it never stops. You can field an agent’s call or a trade call or maybe somebody’s injury isn’t coming around. Who knows? I don’t know if it ever stops but I just looked at it as another week to our off-season. We did quite a bit of work.

ON RB WILL FORD

BT: I’ll tell you exactly what happened. Obviously Winnipeg released him last Monday and he was was talking to some other teams in the league. We’d gotten ahold of him Monday and that was our first contact with him. We’d planted a seed that we were looking at running backs and we may have an interest with the way it was going. He had some interest from another team and made it known he wasn’t going there and jumped the gun a bit regarding a signing bonus from us and all that. We were on a bye week so why would we sign him then? We weren’t playing. At the end of the day, he flew in Sunday night, he’s going to take a physical, and then we’ll sit down with him Tuesday morning. He will practice on Tuesday, but I don’t know what his status will be; practice roster or 44-man roster. News travels fast in this business and we weren’t as far down the road with him as people thought we were but some people in this business have a big mouth and that’s just the way it is.

WILL IT BE A FRESH START COME TUESDAY?

BT: The message is easy; WIN. Go out and win. We’re just not playing smart or technically sound right now. It frustrates our coaches to the inth degree because we’re better than what we’ve shown and we all know that but until they show it, we’ve got to get on them a little bit. We’ll be fine. We’ve just gotta play smart, efficient, within the system and make plays. We just haven’t been doing that the past couple weeks. A play here or a play there, we might’ve won those games.

Our guys have shown throughout their careers, wherever they’ve been, that they can make these plays but we as an organization always have show that, when players like Will Ford become available, if we can upgrade our team, we’ll have to look into that. We’re not going to have a fire sale or wholesale changes but we’re always looking to upgrade our team. We wanted him in free agency but the money was out of whack. It’s not like we took a guy off the scrap heap. We had interest in him for quite awhile.

When we had guys fumbling the ball, we had an opening to look into some people. That’s the way this business works, no matter what position it is. Anthony Allen and the likes are still here and Will will join that group and we’ll see what comes out of it.

ON COACH COREY CHAMBLIN

BT: I’ve known Corey for quite some time as you well know and after the BC game, I wouldn’t say he was dejected, but he was pretty hot. He was very frustrated and disappointed in how we were playing. Since then he’s had a chance to review, refocus and re-energize and he’s very focused. He’s very expectant of our team to play better. He’s not dejected, I can tell you that, but he’s not upbeat either. He’s very focused on being geared to win a football game this week. When he’s geared up and focused, a lot of good things happen.

OMARR OUT, REAPER IN

July 21st, 2014

Today the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee announced a new member will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor. This year Reggie Hunt will join the previously announced Chris Szarka in having their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.
 
Due to travel and timing difficulties, Omarr Morgan has been removed as an inductee for 2014. Morgan remains eligible and will be reconsidered for future induction.  
 
Besides being Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sporting dinner, the Plaza of Honor Dinner has contributed over $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.
 
The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 116 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.
 
The cairn honouring the Plaza of Honor Inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.
 
This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 19th at the Credit Union Eventplex – Evraz Place. To accommodate a much larger audience, the event will once again take place in the Eventplex and will allow patrons a spacious opportunity with a large reception area throughout the evening to meet and greet friends and associates.