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BURATTO SIGNS EXTENSION WITH STAMPEDERS
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 01:30PM
The Calgary Stampeders announced that Steve Buratto has agreed to a multi-year contract extension as the team’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator.
â€œOffensively we did some great things this past season under the helm of Steve,â€? stated senior vice president of football operations/head coach Tom Higgins. â€œRe-signing him to a multi-year contract bolds well for the organization and ensures continuity both on and off the field for the teamâ€™s offence.â€?
â€œSteve has brought a tremendous amount of experience to the Stampeder organization,â€? commented president/owner Ted Hellard. â€œWe are extremely excited about him returning as the Clubâ€™s Offensive Coordinator and very optimistic that he will take the offence to another level in the upcoming seasons.â€?
This past year under the tutelage of Buratto the Stampeders were able to put up some impressive numbers despite having 13 new faces (comparing last regular season game roster from 2004 to 2005) on offence. Calgary finished first in average gain per pass (9.3), average gain per rush (tied with Ottawa 5.9), second in fewest QB sacks (27), third in most yards total offence (6,897), average yards offence per game (383.2), most yards net rushing (2,295), average rushing per game (127.5), most times rushed (391), passes intercepted (20) and fewest yards penalized (1,409).
Under Burattoâ€™s direction quarterback Henry Burris threw for over 4,000 yards finishing the season with 4,290, despite not playing in three games. Burris also rushed the ball 82 times for 513 yards (career high), averaging 6.3 yards per carry (career high with over 2 attempts) and 9 touchdowns (career high). For the first time in Henryâ€™s career he was named to the Western All-Star team. Running back Joffrey Reynolds finished the season fifth all-time in Stampeder history with 247 carries for 1,437 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns. His 1,437 yards was 2nd highest in the CFL and also passed Kelvin Andersonâ€™s best mark of 1, 383 yards in 2001. Receiver Nik Lewis in only his second season finished second in the league with 80 catches for 1,379 yards, nine touchdowns and carried the ball two times for 30 yards all of which were career highs.
â€œReturning to the Stampeder organization brings me great excitement and I look forward to continuing what we built this past season,â€? said Buratto. â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be a part of the team environment that Tom has created through his leadership.â€?
The Stampeders also announced that special teams coordinator Craig Dickenson, defensive line coach Casey Creehan and secondary coach Tim Burke will all be returning for the 2006 season.