Monday, February 8, 2016

Courtney Stephen Staying In Hamilton

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday that the football club has re-signed national defensive back Courtney Stephen to a three-year contract.

Stephen, 26, was tied for second on the Tiger-Cats with four interceptions in 2015, adding 48 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, four pass knock downs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 16 games. The native of Brampton, Ontario has appeared in 47 games with Hamilton during his three-year CFL career, registering 129 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Stephen, who was selected by the Tiger-Cats in the second round, eighth overall, in the 2012 CFL Draft, has also played in six career playoff games, including the 102nd Grey Cup versus Calgary in 2013. He missed the 101st Grey Cup versus Saskatchewan in 2012 because of injury.

The 6-0, 194-pound defensive back suited up in 16 games over three seasons (2010-12) at Northern Illinois, recording 17 defensive tackles (12 solo, 5 assisted), an interception and a blocked kick. Before transferring to Northern Illinois, Stephen posted 80 defensive tackles (69 solo, 22 assisted), two quarterback sacks, six interceptions, 13 pass knock downs and two forced fumbles in two seasons with Wilfrid Laurier University (2008-09). He earned First Team OUA All-Star and Second Team All-Canadian honours in 2009, and was named a Second Team OUA All-Star and WLU Rookie of the Year in 2008.

(Hamilton Tiger-Cats)

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