Thursday, 7 February 2013

Stephenson Staying Put

The Ti-Cats announced yesterday that they have re-upped running back Daryl Stephenson. Had he not re-signed, Stephenson would have been a free agent next Friday.

Stephenson proved to be a valuable cog in the Ti-Cat machine last year. He scored his first two CFL touchdowns in 2012 and contributed mightily on special teams. is one of those glue guys that all teams need to have.

Stephenson emerged as a multi-purpose threat for the Ti-Cats on offense. He could play as a fullback, halfback or tight end, and did so with such efficiency that the team felt comfortable dealing Darcy Brown to Edmonton last September.

I'll be interested to see what role Stephenson plays under new head coach Kent Austin. Clearly Austin values what Stephenson brings to the table, and as a former Hec Creighton winner and the CIS' all-time leader in career rushing yards, I feel that he hasn't yet tapped his full potential. I don't expect huge things from him this season, but I'd like to see him build off what I thought was a very good 2012 season.

With Stephenson locked up for the next three years, the Ti-Cats need to work on getting a couple more of their pending free agents inked to deals before free agency begins on February 15.

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