The Calgary Stampeders have signed six national players – defensive lineman Kwadwo Boahen, offensive lineman Rodeem Brown, kicker Campbell Fair, fullback Sebastian Howard, defensive lineman Ryan Leder and offensive lineman Alexandre Marcoux.
Brown played two games for the Stampeders in 2023 while Boahen, Fair, Howard, Leder and Marcoux are all 2023 draft picks who attended Calgary’s training camp earlier this year before returning to university.
In other transaction news, the Stampeders have released American linebacker Adarius Taylor.
Born: Mar. 22, 2000
Birthplace: Calgary, AB
Boahen, a Calgarian who was a third-round draft pick by the Stamps, was a Canada West all-star for the University of Alberta this past season after recording 30 tackles including five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and one blocked kick. It was his second season with the Golden Bears after three years at York, where he accumulated 55 tackles and five sacks in 21 games and was part of the Ontario University Athletics all-rookie team in 2018.
Boahen played high-school football for the Bishop McNally/Father Lacombe Laserwolves.
Born: Dec. 17, 1999
Birthplace: Halifax, NS
A second-round draft pick by the Montreal Alouettes in 2022, Brown signed with the Stampeders in June of 2023 and made his Canadian Football League debut as a reserve offensive lineman on Aug. 25. He was the starting centre for a Sept. 30 game at Hamilton.
Before turning pro, Brown played 32 games over four seasons at the University of Alberta. He earned Canada West and USports all-star honours at guard in 2021 and also saw action at centre for the Golden Bears.
Born: Apr. 10, 2000
Birthplace: Oakville, ON
Fair attended 2023 training camp with the Stampeders and had a brief stint on the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ practice roster before returning to the University of Ottawa.
During the past season, he earned second-team OUA all-star punter honours after averaging 42.3 yards on 55 punts. As a place-kicker, Fair accounted for 57 points in eight regular-season games for the Gee-Gees including a game-winning 55-yard field goal on the final play of Ottawa’s rivalry game against Carleton. For his career, he was 62 of 88 on field goals and 80 of 83 on extra points with 15 singles for a total of 281 points. Fair also punted 153 times for a 39.3-yard average.
College: Saint Mary’s
Born: Dec. 31, 1997
Birthplace: Nanaimo, B.C.
Selected by Calgary in the sixth round of the 2023 draft, Howard returned for a third season at Saint Mary’s after attending Stampeders training camp. He played seven games for the Huskies and had three catches for 15 yards.
Howard previously played one season at the University of British Columbia and one season with the Langley Rams of the Canadian Junior Football League.
Born: Apr. 15, 2000
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Leder finished the 2023 season on the Stamps’ practice roster after completing his final university season at McMaster.
Leder played 38 games over five seasons for the Marauders and recorded 108 total tackles including 16 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, one blocked kick and three passes defended.
Born: Jan. 3, 1998
Birthplace: Quebec City, QC
The Stamps’ fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft, Marcoux played eight games for McGill this season and was part of an offensive line that allowed the Redbirds to rank second in the Quebec conference with 149.1 rushing yards per game.
Over his five seasons at McGill, Marcoux saw action at left tackle, left guard, centre and right tackle.