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The Calgary Stampeders have signed the following players:
• American defensive back Corrion Ballard
• American receiver George Campbell
• American defensive back Greg Ducre
• American defensive back Trae Elston
• American offensive lineman Julian Good-Jones
• American receiver Malik Henry
• American linebacker Tray Matthews
• American defensive lineman Jarrell Owens
• National linebacker Shaydon Philip
• American receiver/returner Sean Riley
Ducre played two games for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018 while the other players are all newcomers to the Canadian Football League.
Born: Dec. 15, 1997
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Ballard attended training camp with the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers in 2019 and he played five games for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks in 2020, recording four tackles.
In college, he played two seasons at Utah, recording 115 tackles including five tackles for loss, three interceptions, one pass breakup and one sack. As a senior in 2018, he was named a Pac-12 honourable mention after making 13 starts for the Utes and totaling 70 tackles. Prior to Utah, Ballard spent two seasons with the Blinn College Buccaneers in Brenham, Tex.
College: West Virginia
Born: Oct. 27, 1996
Birthplace: Clearwater, FL
Campbell attended training camp with the New York Jets in 2020. He played his senior college season at West Virginia and appeared in 12 games for the Mountaineers, recording 19 receptions for 469 yards and seven touchdowns. Campbell played 22 games over three seasons at Florida State and registered 32 catches for 206 yards.
Born: Jan. 22, 1992
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Ducre played two games for the Alouettes in 2018 and recorded four defensive tackles. He also spent a brief time on the BC Lions’ practice roster in 2016. He played a combined nine NFL games for San Diego and Washington, recording eight tackles, one interception and two passes defended. He also spent time with the Alliance of American Football’s San Diego Fleet.
Ducre appeared in all 51 games over four years at the University of Washington and finished his career with the Huskies 106 tackles including 5.5 tackles for loss, 14 pass breakups, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one sack.
Born: Feb. 16, 1994
Birthplace: Anniston, AL
In 14 career NFL games with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills in 2017, Elston recorded 17 tackles, one interception and one pass defended. He has also been on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.
In college at Ole Miss, Elston played 50 games including 44 starts and had 252 tackles including 11 tackles for loss while adding 29 pass breakups, five interceptions returned for 203 yards and two touchdowns and one sack. Elston was an Associated Press second-team all-American as a senior in 2015.
College: Iowa State
Born: Mar. 2, 1997
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA
Good-Jones attended training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020. He was a first-team all-Big 12 Conference honouree and two-time honourable mention at Iowa State. His 49 starts with the Cyclones are the most in school history. As a senior, Good-Jones helped pave the way for an Iowa State offence which broke school records for total offence, touchdowns, passing yards and yards per play.
College: West Georgia
Born: Apr. 16, 1997
Birthplace: Tifton, GA
Henry was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and has spent time with the San Francisco, Indianapolis and New Orleans practice squads.
He played his senior college season at West Georgia in 2018 and led the Wolves with seven receiving touchdowns while he was second in both catches (30) and receiving yards (407). Henry transferred to West Georgia after playing 29 games over three years at Georgia Southern. In his career with the Eagles, he made 23 catches for 344 yards and one touchdown.
Born: Oct. 18, 1994
Birthplace: Newnan, GA
Matthews signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and has spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He played 36 games at strong safety over three years at Auburn and accumulated 181 total tackles including 105 solo stops, three tackles for loss, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack and seven pass breakups. As a junior in 2016, he led the Tigers with 76 total tackles. Matthews transferred to Auburn after playing his freshman season at Georgia in 2013. In eight games including six starts for the Bulldogs, he had 36 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
College: Oklahoma State
Born: Oct. 11, 1994
Birthplace: Palestine, TX
Owens played three games for the XFL’s New York Guardians in 2020 and recorded four tackles including two tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two sacks. In college, he was second-team all-Big 12 Conference as a senior at Oklahoma State after recording career highs with 31 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. For his four-year career with the Cowboys, he accumulated 73 total tackles including 54 solo stops, 22.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups.
Born: Aug. 22, 1997
Birthplace: St. Albert, AB
Philip played three seasons at the University of Alberta and in 24 games for the Golden Bears he recorded 81.5 total tackles including six tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, two interceptions, one sack and 16 pass breakups in eight games. In 2018, he played for the Edmonton Huskies juniors and recorded 19 tackles, one interception and three passes defended in seven games.
Born: Oct. 31, 1997
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Riley signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He finished his college career third in Syracuse history with 4,358 all-purpose yards. The yardage total included 2,433 on kickoff returns, 563 on punt returns, 1,265 on receptions and 97 on carries. He set Syracuse records with 115 career kickoff returns and 2,433 kickoff-return yards. At the conclusion of his senior season, Riley was 10th in school history with 119 career catches, with those receptions accounting for 1,265 yards. He scored five career touchdowns – four receiving and one on a punt return – and blocked two punts. He was a third-team all-purpose Atlantic Coast Conference all-star in 2018.