Who is Cody Picket?

As a former teammate of pivot Cody Pickett, Saleem Rasheed never got roped into the quarterback's tricks.

The Calgary Stampeders linebacker can only hope that continues when the Toronto Argonauts come to town Saturday.

While both Pickett and Rasheed were plying their trade with the woeful San Francisco 49ers from 2004-05, the QB would bring his rope to the locker-room.

Unsuspecting teammates would walk by Pickett's locker and get caught in a trap by getting their legs tied up.

"He never got me, but he got plenty of other guys," said Rasheed yesterday.

Pickett comes from a rodeo family. His father, Dee, is in the hall of fame as a championship roper after leaving Boise State, where he was a quarterback. Dee, a world champion, even roped in the Calgary Stampede.

Although Cody Pickett started two games for the 4-12 San Francisco Niners in 2005 and had a woeful 28.3 quarterback rating, Rasheed is warning his Stampeders teammates how good he actually can be.

The Argos are playing Pickett over reigning CFL most outstanding player Kerry Joseph, but Rasheed said Pickett has similar skills to the former Saskatchewan Roughrider.

"People underestimate Cody's athleticism a lot," said Rasheed, who returned last week from a shoulder injury that kept him out nine weeks.

"Cody has good escapability. He can do a variety of different things that people don't really know about, but his biggest attribute is his arm. He can throw the deep ball with accuracy but also can complete the underneath stuff.

"He is sort of a complete package."

Pickett was a three-year starter with the Washington Huskies, where he faced Stampeders linebacker Matt Grootegoed, who was starting linebacker for the USC Trojans.

Back in 2002, Grootegoed picked off a Pickett pass on a tip, but what he remembers most is the quarterback ran him down and stopped him from scoring.

"That showed me he was a tough guy because he put me on the sidelines," Grootegoed said. "He caught me off-guard. He had a tougher mentality than most quarterbacks. He's a big, tall, strong guy who is fairly athletic."

Pickett set school records for passing yards and TDs at Washington, so Grootegoed expected to see him get an opportunity when he arrived this season in Toronto.

It took a trade of Michael Bishop and the bold benching of Joseph by new head coach Don Matthews to make it happen.

"But I'm not surprised," Grootegoed said. "He's a good quarterback from a good program. He is a good Pac-10 quarterback who has a good arm. He will do well. I'm eager to see him play because I haven't seen him play in a long time."

The Stamps began game-planning for Pickett yesterday but only have one quarter of action from Friday's 39-9 Argos loss to Winnipeg Blue Bombers to go off.

Defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones, who used to coach under Matthews in Montreal, is also going back to the pre-season to evaluate Pickett.

"We don't have much film on him," Jones said. "It's a disadvantage to us, but he also hasn't taken a lot of reps, so it pretty much evens out.

"There is a lot of uncertainty," Jones added. "He possesses what it takes to be a quarterback or he wouldn't have started some games in the NFL."

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This guy could be dangerous. Umlike Joseph, it sounds
like he's got the complete package.

Can we convince Mathews to put KJ back in there. :lol:

Care full for what you wish for Red05..
Pickett is green....
Should be easy pickings for the Stamps..

...I hope every time Pickett throws a completion he uses his hands to represent a couple of six-shooters, blastin them in the air a few times, then blows the ends of his index fingers before he fake-holsters his guns...that would be wacky....and The Don should wear one of those HUGE foam cowboy hats for the game.....and a big star on his jacket that says SHERRIFF....

Careful, what if Picket throws a Touch down and jumps on YOUR Touchdown horse and goes for a ride? :twisted:

…I am actually counting on that…

And you guys gave Arland Bruce crap for using a cool spiderman mask? What would the fine be for stealing a horse for a ride???

That would be absolutely hilarious if someone actually pulled it off.

Especially if he could throw a lassoo around Hank or Huff as he rips by.....

Cody is Don's next serotonin reuptake inhibitor dispenser.

NO not at all we know KJ is a flop with out the great riders.

Neil, I had so much tongue in my cheek on that post, my tongue is comming out of my ear!

It would be the highlight of the year!

I would bet he goes over after the game and ask for a ride.

I know, I’d thought it make a great TSN highlight "Cody Pickett ropes the touchdown horse rider, jumps on the horses back, rides it up and down the stands, finally joining the RCMP Musical ride in the endzone for the greatest touchdown victory dance ever. Then get crap from the Don and fined $100,000. (Assuming the bill for the RCMP went to head office. Pulling a cell phone out of the end zone stuffing? Phhhttt…that’s so 2005.

Actually we will bring in the chuckwagons and he can push the girl off the horse rider as an outrider in a chuckwagon race now how is that for a celebration. Oh by the way Roco Romano a Stamp olineman has already done the ride the horse thing with parading the GC.

C'mon lets get real, there is no way any team can put a raw almost rookie in and beat the Stamps. Couldn't happen.

I've seen his dad ride though and it Dee could jump out of the stands, commandeer the horse and rope and hogtie Copeland and/or Lewis that would be a story and the league couldn't fine anybody.

Didn't Dinwiddie do something like that?

Come in with 1 game CFL experience and post a gunslinger win against Calgary.

NO WAY seems a little harsh. This is the CFL, anything can happen.