Thursday, February 12, 2015

CFL News Aplenty

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce that Barron Miles has been named the club’s Defensive Backs Coach. Miles joins Coach O’Shea’s staff after spending the past three seasons holding the same position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“I’m extremely excited to come over to Winnipeg and work with such a strong group of defensive backs,” said Miles. “I really believe this group is one of the league’s best and with such athletic and versatile players in the secondary, I look forward to helping them grow and ultimately having our unit help us in being successful as a team.”
Miles brings with him 15 years of experience in the Canadian Football League, including 12 years as one of the league’s top defensive backs. Miles spent seven seasons with Montreal, before heading to B.C. for his final five years. A three-time Grey Cup Champion, Miles was a nine-time Division All-Star, and a CFL All-Star on six occasions. He is second all-time in CFL history with 66 interceptions.
“Barron brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization,” said Head Coach Mike O’Shea. “He was so good in our league for so long, he can relate to players very well, and that’s a great asset to have on your coaching staff. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”
Prior to joining the Riders in 2012, he had spent the previous two seasons with the Lions as their  Defensive and Player Personnel Assistant.
Miles won two Grey Cups as a player (2006, 2011) with the Lions, and one as a Defensive Backs Coach (2013) with the Riders.

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Superman returns! 

The BC Lions announced today that Geroy Simon has accepted a position with the club in a dual football operations and corporate business-support role. 

The CFL’s all-time leading receiver who spent 12 amazing seasons in orange returns to the Leos where he won two Grey Cup championships in 2006 and 2011 and set all-time franchise marks for receptions, yards, and touchdowns. 

“Geroy’s place is with the Lions and it’s an honour to have him return to our organization,” said president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “I know he will undoubtedly be a valued contributor to our football operations department as a player personnel evaluator, scout and player mentor, as well as a tremendous asset on the business side and in alumni relations.”

Simon wrapped-up his playing days as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders following the 2013 CFL season where he also notched a third career Grey Cup title. He spent last year in the ‘Riders front office and will carry that experience into an expanded role with the Lions. 

“It’s great to be home,” said Simon. “While my career took me away from BC and the Lions for a couple years, my heart never left and I couldn’t be happier to be back with the club. I’m going to do everything I can to help Wally and Jeff build a winner on the field while also working with Dennis and the business side of the organization to continue to grow the Lions brand.
 (BC Lions) 
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed international defensive end Justin Hickman, the team announced today.
Hickman, a 6-2, 265-pound native of El Paso, Texas, returned to Hamilton for his second stint with the Ticats on September 17, 2014 after spending two seasons (2012-13) with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The 29-year-old first landed in the CFL in 2009, when he originally signed with the Tiger-Cats.
Entering his fifth CFL season, the former UCLA Bruin has compiled 153 defensive tackles, 28 quarterback sacks, five tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 61 games. His 28 career sacks rank him seventh all-time in Ticats history.
In seven starts last season, he registered nine defensive tackles and one quarterback sack.
“Re-signing Justin was key to maintaining the continuity on our defensive line,” said Ticats general manager and head coach Kent Austin. “We are looking forward to Justin having an even more productive season in year two of his return to Hamilton”.  
Hickman was named a CFL All-Star, East Division All-Star and the Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Defensive player after leading the league with a career-high 13 sacks in 2011. 
The Edmonton Eskimos have signed free agent international wide receiver Wallace Miles.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Atlanta, GA, spent last season with Ottawa where he recorded 50 receptions for 732 yards and four touchdowns. Before his selection by the REDBLACKS in the CFL Expansion Draft, he spent two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he recorded 16 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown.

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