On May 9th Calgary Stampedersâ€™ Senior VP of Football Operations/Head Coach, Tom Higgins, announced the free agent signing of Receivers Ken-Yon Rambo, Tywan Mitchell, Kenyatta Morgan, Brendan Mahoney and Quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi.
As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
â€œKen-Yon is a wide receiver with a skill set to be very successful in the CFL. His top end speed, explosiveness and experience will also bring strength to our return game,â€? stated General Manager Jim Barker. â€œIn Tywan, at 6â€™5â€? 240 lbs, he gives us an experienced big receiver inside. He runs very well for a guy his size and will create match-up problems for opponents.â€?
â€œKenyatta is a return specialist that was plagued with injuries in 2003 while with the Stampeders. He is a very good route runner and will compete to make the club at wide receiverâ€?, stated General Manager Jim Barker. â€œBrendan is a local product that showed very well at our free agent camp. He is an excellent route runner with outstanding hands, and we expect him to compete at training camp for a roster spot.
â€œCarmazzi brings with him NFL experience and knowledge of the offense having played last season in B.C.â€? stated offensive coordinator Steve Buratto. â€œHe is a very accurate passer with good mobility, proving last year that he has the ability to play in the CFL.â€?
Below is a closer look at the newest Stampeders:
College: Ohio State
HT: 6'1" WT: 195 lbs
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
CFL Experience: 1st Year
Stampeder Experience: 1st Year
Entering his first season with the Stampeders â€¦ signed on May 9th, 2005 â€¦ originally drafted in the seventh-round (229th overall) by the Oakland Raiders, Ken-Yon Rambo fell in the Cowboys lap when the Raiders released him at the end of the 2001 training camp â€¦ he provided Dallas with size and physical ability and proved that he is not afraid to go across the middle to fight for the football.
Signed with the New York Jets on March 22 â€¦ released on September 6.
Was on Dallas Cowboys roster â€¦ released on September 1st.
Finished the season with 14 receptions for 211 receiving yards â€¦ Saw extensive time as third receiver due to injuries â€¦ recorded a career-high 65 yards, including a career-long 47-yard catch, on two receptions against Tennessee â€¦ recorded a career high three receptions for 37 yards against Tennessee.
Signed by the Dallas Cowboys on Sept 5 â€¦ was inactive for first two games, but saw first NFL action in Philadelphia Sept. 30 â€¦ recorded first career reception with an eight yard catch at Oakland â€¦ Rambo became the teams primary return man against Arizona, logging his first punt and kick-off returns â€¦ he finished the season with 3 receptions for 28 receiving yards.
Rambo finished eighth on Ohio State Universityâ€™s all-time reception list with 106 career catches and seventh in receiving yards with 1,849 â€¦ he also set a school record with a 22.9-yard average on 64 kick-off returns â€¦ as a senior, Rambo caught a career-high 53 passes â€¦ while as a junior he earned All-Big Ten honourable mention honours and received the Paul Warfield Award, given to Ohio Stateâ€™s top receiver.
Was a consensus All-America and all-state selection at Long Beach, Calif., Polytechnic High School â€¦ USA today rated Rambo as the top receiver in the country after he caught a school record 79 passes for 1,096 yards (13.9 average) and 17 touchdowns as a senior â€¦ he also lettered as a sprinter â€¦ as a rookie, Rambo was a member of the Cowboys inaugural â€œRookie Clubâ€?, a program designed to introduce rookies to community service â€¦ the rookie club made visits to and spent time with children at Childrenâ€™s Medical Center of Dallas, Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army and its Christmas Distribution Center. He also donated clothing and toys to needing children during the holidays through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.
College: Minnesota State-Mankato
HT: 6'5" WT: 240 lbs
Birthdate: December 10, 1975
Birthplace: Crete, Illinois
CFL Experience: 1st Year
Stampeder Experience: 1st Year
Entering his first season with the Stampeders â€¦ signed as a free agent on May 9, 2005 â€¦ has spent several seasons in the NFL including the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens.
Signed with the Detroit Lions â€¦ released on August 18
Signed with the Chicago Rush in the AFL at the end of the year.
Had 25 receptions and 96 receiving yards, with two touchdowns â€¦ Played in 16 games (four starts) â€¦ Recorded first career touchdown against Philadelphia Nov. 4 off a two yard reception from quarterback Jake Plummer â€¦ Had career-best outing with 7 receptions for 62 receiving yards, including a 24-yard touchdown at New York Giants Dec. 15.
Played for Berlin of NFL Europe during spring â€¦ Played in 12 games (one start) for Arizona Cardinals â€¦ Finished the season with 5 receptions for 80 receiving yards â€¦ Recorded first NFL reception against New Orleans Oct. 29 â€¦ Got first NFL start in season finale at Washington.
Was on the practice squad for entire season.
Was a three-year starter at Minnesota State-Mankato also played briefly on the schoolâ€™s basketball team â€¦ finished career as the schoolâ€™s all-time leading receiver with 216 career receptions and second with 3,342 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns â€¦ also owned school record with 14 100-yard games â€¦ three-time NCAA Division II all-American â€¦ selected to four all-American teams as a senior after grabbing career-high 73 passes for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns â€¦ business management major.
COLLEGE: Montana State
HT: 5â€™10â€? WT: 180 lbs
Born: July 3, 1975
Birthplace: Inglewood, California
CFL Experience: 2nd Year
Stampeder Experience: 2nd Year
Entering his second season with the Calgary Stampeders â€¦ signed as a free agent May 9, 2004 â€¦ played with Stampeders during the 2003 season â€¦ originally signed as a free agent on May 20, 2003 â€¦ prior to joining the Stampeders Kenyatta signed with the Green Bay Packers on February 17, 2003 â€¦ was allocated to NFL Europe by the Packers to play for the Scottish Claymores â€¦ first played professionally in the independent Northwest Football League for the Oregon Thunderbolts, earning Rookie of the Year honours as well being named first-team All-NWFL â€¦ made the jump to Arena Football League, signing a free agent contract with Portland Forest Dragons â€¦ catching 15 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns during the 1999 AFL season â€¦ for the 2000 season he signed with the Oklahoma Wranglers but spent most of the campaign on injured reserve â€¦ moved onto the Buffalo Destroyers in 2001 recording 5 catches for 33 yards â€¦ returned 4 kick-offs for an average of 21.0 yards per return â€¦ signed with the AFLâ€™s Grand Rapids Rampage for the 2002 season and was primarily used as a return man, totalling 8 returns for an average of 11.3 yards.
Attended Montana State â€¦ had a standout career in four seasons for the Bobcats â€¦ totalled 89 receptions for 1,404 yards and 10 touchdowns, as well as returning 43 kick-offs for 988 yards â€¦ a 23.0 return average and 5 touchdowns â€¦ was twice named All-Big Sky Conference performer in his career as a Bobcat â€¦ ranked second on the team with 32 catches for 498 yards along with his 24.9 yard average on 12 kick-off returns â€¦ including a 91 yard touchdown in his senior year at the Bozeman school.
Was a three sport athlete at Inglewood High School in his hometown of Inglewood, California â€¦ lettering three times each in football and track, and once in basketball â€¦ was named student athlete of the year three times â€¦ earned all-conference honours twice in his prep career â€¦ graduated from Montana State in 1999 with a business degree in marketing.
College: Simon Fraser
HT: 6'3" WT: 200 lbs
Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Birthplace: Cochrane, AB
CFL Experience: 2nd year
Stampeder Experience: 1st Year
Entering his first season with the Calgary Stampeders â€¦ originally signed on May 9, 2005 â€¦ drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in he 6th round (48th overall) in the 2004 Canadian Draft.
In 2003 Brendan was named CIS All-Canadian after leading Canada West in catches, reception yards, yards per catch, receiving yards per game and touchdown receptions â€¦ he had 69 catches for 1,344 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 122 yards per game and 19.5 yards per catch â€¦ second in Canada West in all-purpose yards (1,621 yards) during regular season â€¦ caught 11 passes vs Regina â€¦ set five SFU records for touchdown receptions and touchdowns in a game (5 vs Regina, playoff game), scoring in a game (30 vs Regina, playoff game), receiving yards in a game (294 vs Regina, playoff game), reception yardage in a season (1,344) â€¦ also returns punts and kick-offs â€¦ ran one kick-off back 91 yards for a touchdown â€¦ selected CIS National offensive player of the week November 3 â€¦ selected Canada West offensive player of the week twice and special teams player of the week once.
Major is criminology â€¦ has a golden retriever named Jackson and enjoys hockey, basketball, golfing and going to the beach â€¦ he is fluent in French and spends his spare time playing video games and doing crossword puzzles â€¦ his favourite movie is Uncle Buck and favourite book is 1984.
HT: 6'3" WT: 224 lbs
Born: April 14, 1977
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
CFL Experience: 2nd year
Stampeder Experience: - 2nd year
Entering his first season with the Stampeders ... originally signed on May 9, 2005 â€¦ played the 2004 season with the B.C. Lions.
Dressed for the last 11 regular season games including the Western Final and Grey Cup game â€¦ played in one game completing one pass on one attempt for 12 yards.
Giovanni attended the Kansas City Chiefâ€™s training camp
Was released by the San Francisco 49â€™ers on July 16.
Allocated to Rhein Fire of NFL Europe where he finished the season completing 42 of 71 passes for 448 yards, four interceptions, and four touchdowns â€¦ rushed the ball 30 times for 133 yards.
Drafted as the second quarterback overall (65th player overall) in the third round of 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49â€™ers â€¦ saw regular season action as a backup quarterback.
Attended Hofstra University on Long Island, New York where he started 37 of 40 games â€¦ held 11 school records upon graduation including 71 touchdowns, 764 completions on 1,187 attempts, and 10,415 yards in offence â€¦ was the runner-up for the Walter Payton award for top player in the NCAA Division 1-AA â€¦ completed 62.4 percent of passes as a senior â€¦ ranked sixth in the US college football with 290.4 yard per game on average as a junior â€¦ ranked second in the States with 336.7 yards of offence per game as a sophomore.
Carmazzi lettered in football, basketball, and track at Jesuit High in Carmichael, California â€¦ he was named as a Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year by the National Football Foundation â€¦ at Jesuit high, he was named as the class valedictorian