Calgary) - The Calgary Stampeder have signed free agent quarterback Barrick Nealy, defensive back Adrian Ward and receiver David Bautista.
Nealy joined the Stampeders practice roster in the middle of the 2006 season. Before joining the Red and White he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings.
''Nealy is a tall very athletic quarterback that was signed by the Vikings as a Wide Receiver,'' said General Manager Jim Barker. ''His athleticism makes him a very intriguing prospect.''
Nealy played his college football at Texas State where he rushed for 1,057 yards as a senior. His total ranks seventh on the TSU all-time chart while also rushing for 13 TDs. He completed 208 of 363 passes for 2,875 yards and 21 TDs. He finished his three year career as Texas State's all-time career passing and total offense leader, throwing for 7,206 yards and 52 touchdowns. Nealy was named the 2005 Southland Conference Player of the Year and finished fifth in voting for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the nation's top Division I-AA offensive player.
Ward was drafted by the Vikings in the 7th round (219th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent time with Minnesota and New York Giants.
''Ward is a fast, athletic defensive back who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings,'' said Barker. ''He will compete at both the corner and halfback positions at training camp.''
Ward played is college football at Texas El Paso and was a first team All-Western Athletic Conference selection in his senior season. In that season he led the WAC and was 16th in the NCAA with 0.42 interceptions per game. He was second in the WAC and 14th in the country with 1.42 passes defended per game and fourth on the team and first among defensive backs with 59 tackles (52 solos). He led the team with five interceptions for 87 yards, his interception total tied for eighth in the single-season record books.
Bautista signed as a rookie with the Chicago Rush (AFL1) in 2004. The following season he was activated by the Bakersfield Blitz (AFL2) in May of 2005.
''He impressed our coaching staff at our recent mini camps,'' Barker said. ''He's a very physical receiver with outstanding hands that will bring a unique skill set to our receiving core.''
He played his college football at Bowling Green, recording 121 catches for 1,576 yards and seven touchdowns in his last two seasons. He also rushed the ball twice for 21 yards and returned six kicks for 84 yards. His best game of the 2001 season was a 10 reception, 155 yard performance at Northwestern. He caught nine passes for 109 yards against Pittsburg and hauled in at least eight passes in four of the first six games of the 2000 season.