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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Calgary Stampeders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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October 2, 2015 - Rene Paredes kicks game winner over Hamilton
"Kicker Rene Paredes could only trust in his form as he battled the gusting winds. Paredes made two field goals in the final minute of the game to lead the Calgary Stampeders 23-20 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in CFL action Friday night. With the wind at his back, Paredes hit a 37-yard walk-off field goal after making a 46-yarder to tie the game with 48 seconds left. The game began with winds recorded at 57 kilometres per hour — enough to keep the uprights swaying throughout. 'Every kick is hard and not every kick is going to go in, especially in these conditions,' Paredes said. 'I just had to trust my swing and if they give me a chance to win the game, or tie the game, it doesn’t matter'." - SportsNet

July 18, 2015 - Rene Paredes kicks game winner over Winnipeg
"Calgary Stampeders kicker Rene Paredes proved once again he’s the best pressure-kicker in the game on Saturday night. The 30-year-old struggled early, missing a short field goal and an extra point, but he came through in the clutch. Paredes booted a game-winning field goal from 40 yards out with 2:36 on the clock to beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26-25.... The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a chance to win it on a field goal of their own but Lirim Hajrullahu missed a 52-yarder and the hosts held on for the one-point victory." - Calgary Sun

June 26, 2015 - Rene Paredes kicks game winner over Hamilton
"Rene Paredes emerged as the hero for the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night, but it wouldn't have happened without a big play from teammate Keon Raymond. Raymond had a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter, while Paredes kicked a 50-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to lead the Stampeders to a thrilling 24-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup.... Paredes also booted a 43-yard field goal at 12:25 of the fourth quarter to pull the Stamps within a point before Justin Medlock kicked his third single of the game to put Hamilton up by a pair. That set up the thrilling finish and Paredes didn't disappoint the 28,487 in attendance at McMahon Stadium. 'It's definitely a boost of confidence,' said Paredes, who connected on 33-of-45 field-goal attempts last season. 'I'm just really excited. After last season I was never down. I had to work hard and compete. That's what I did. This feels great'." - TSN

June 21, 2015 - kicker/punter Tyler Crapigna placed on six-game injury list 
- Stampeders

June 14, 2015 - long snapper Kyle Tyo released

May 31, 2015 - long snapper Kyle Tyo signed
"Tyo played five seasons at the University of Windsor and served as a receiver in addition to performing long-snapping duties." - Stampeders

February 18, 2015 - kicker/punter Tyler Crapigna signed
"Crapigna attended training camp with the Stamps in 2014 before returning to the Marauders. Crapigna, who was selected in the fifth round (40th overall) by Calgary in 2014, made an impression while with the Stampeders at training camp last season as he kicked a game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock in a pre-season contest against Winnipeg. After returning to McMaster, he became Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s all-time leader in field goals when he kicked four three-pointers in an Oct. 18 game against Wilfrid Laurier to break the previous record of 82. He also set a single-season record for Ontario University Athletics. Crapigna converted on 24 of 27 field goals for the season – an 88.9-per cent success rate – and was named a first-team OUA and CIS all-star. Crapigna kicked 84 field goals, six singles and 140 extra points for a total of 398 points in his five-year career with the Marauders." - CHML

November 30 2014 - Rene Paredes called on to punt during Grey Cup win
"Asked if the Grey Cup win took any of the pain away after he was knocked from the game with a hellacious hit, punter Rob Maver didn’t hesitate. 'All of it,' Maver said. The CFL West Division all-star was trying to chase down Tabbies speedster Brandon Banks when he was destroyed by defensive end Justin Hickman. 'I heard it was Hickman, and he’s a bigger guy than me,' Maver said of the 6-foot-2, 265-pounder. 'He outweighs me by about two trucks'.... Maver wasn’t able to return to action, forcing placekicker Rene Paredes to handle the punting duties. Paredes actually averaged 42.3 yards on his three boots, including a 51-yard bomb. 'Rene went in and did a great job,' Maver said. 'I’m super-proud of him. (Paredes last punted) back in Concordia. And his last year was 2010. Rene’s value really showed there. He helped us close out the game.' Paredes says it’s been awhile since he’s punted for real but added he’ll punt the odd pigskin after practice as long as no one is watching. 'In a game, it was six years ago,' Paredes said of his not-so-rusty punting skills. 'I’ll punt once in awhile in practice just for fun when nobody’s looking. But I had to step up. That’s what our team is about, and we’ve been doing that for years. This was my time'." - Calgary Sun

November 13, 2014 - punter Rob Maver named West All-Star
"Rob Maver, a graduate of Turner Fenton, is a West division CFL all-star again. The Calgary Stampeders' nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, Maver averaged 45.5 yards on 123 punts to be named the West’s all-star punter. He ranked second in net punting with an average of 37.8 yards. On June 28 against the Montreal Alouettes, Maver had the longest punt of his career, an 88-yarder. He was second in the CFL with 38 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and had 10 punts inside the 10. Maver was drafted by the Stampeders out of the University of Guelph in the first round, fifth overall of the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft. He earned West division and CFL all-star recognition in both 2012 and 2013." - Brampton Guardian

October 5, 2014 - trouble up front leads to one of three Rene Paredes misses
For the first time in his career, Rene Paredes was shut out on three field-goal attempts, which is a cause for concern to the Calgary Stampeders. However, there is nobody at McMahon Stadium worried about the record-setting kicker. It’s the 10 men in front of him and holder Rob Maver that are the focus. In Friday’s 31-24 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Paredes missed 51- and 50-yard attempts, and then had a 28-yarder blocked. Those long-range misses are certainly not a problem, but the failed shorter one is an issue. 'It stems from our protection, in my belief,' said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel. 'We’ve had three blocked this year and that’s three too many. We have to do a better job with field-goal protection.' In the three games that quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has missed due to injury, the Stamps have used punter Maver as the holder. Hufnagel has no complaints about the Maver has done, and he even did a nice job getting a high snap down on one of the long-range attempts. 'He’s one of the quicker ones getting it down on the tee,' Hufnagel said about Maver. 'I thought Rene had made the first one but it just came up a little short. The second one was long too and it was right on the fringe (of his range). It was a gamble by me to call for it. I thought the points were important to go for it. The wind wasn’t bad. We just have to get better at it and keep working on it. If Rene was missing 30-yarders, then I would be concerned'." - Calgary Herald

September 27, 2014 - Rene Paredes kicks four field goals in win over Lions
"Calgary Stampeders kicker Rene Paredes kicked four field goals and Jon Cornish rushed for 156 yards in a 14-7 win over the B.C. Lions on Saturday. The Stampeders remained atop the CFL and the West Division at 11-2, while the Lions dropped to 7-6 in fourth place in the division. Paredes was good from 34, 43, 35 and 24 yards, but was wide on a 45-yard attempt and had a 51-yard try blocked." - Canada

September 18, 2014 - punter Robe Maver to hold
"Rene Paredes is used to making adjustments. A windy day here, terrible footing there — no two kicks are alike. After the Calgary Stampeders all-star kicker was forced to adjust to a new long-snapper earlier this season when Tim St. Pierre took over from stalwart Randy Chevrier, Paredes will again be adjusting, this time to punter Rob Maver taking over holding duties from an injured Bo Levi Mitchell. 'Me and Maver have been practising all season just in case, so I have trust in him,' Paredes said, following Thursday’s practice at McMahon Stadium. 'It’s part of the job. You’ve gotta adjust and you spend more time after practice just to get the timing right. The snapper is going to snap the ball, the holder is going to hold it, I’ve just gotta kick it'." - Calgary Sun

August 31, 2014 - kicker Rene Paredes
"There were times last CFL season when you could reason that the Calgary Stampeders kicker was actually a finely tuned field-goal booting robot. That’ll happen when you split the uprights on 54-of-57 attempts for a CFL-record 94.7% success rate. There was no chance Paredes was going to replicate those numbers in 2014. But the 29-year-old likely didn’t anticipate this big of a drop-off. He comes into the Labour Day Classic with a 77.3% (17-of-22) success rate, but Stamps special teams coach Mark Kilam isn’t concerned. 'Not at all,' Kilam said. 'That was the best season in 101 years of this league. It’s a high standard that he’s set, but there’s no one pushing the panic button'....But he still picks the brain of his kicking coach, legendary kicker Don Sweet. 'There’s little things I’ve gotta fix,' Paredes said. 'When you watch film and talk to Don, there’s some little things. He calls me. We talk all the time. I don’t freak out and call him. But we do talk. It’s always good to talk to him'.” - Calgary Sun

August 17, 2014 - specialists contribute to win over Ticats
“They kind of told me that,' said punter Rob Maver, a back-to-back CFL all-star. 'I wanted to pin it a little bit deeper than the 10, but I just hit it a little bit too much to the right. They said, ‘Push it in there, but you be greedy with it,’ which means if you get the single it’s not the worst thing in the world, but don’t try to get the single. It was just try and give them 100-yards plus to drive against our defence at the end of the game — I’ll take those odds any day.' Bet won. Maver rolled a winner, pinning the Ticats at their own 10.... It was a solid day for the special-teamers as a whole, with kicker Rene Paredes making all three of his field-goals.... After missing a total of three field-goals in Weeks 3 and 4, Paredes, the CFL’s 2013 Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, has found the same sort of groove that led to conversion rates of 93% and 94.7% over the last two seasons. 'It was just little things that I had to fix,” said Paredes, who got a call from coach and former CFL placekicker Don Sweet after the early-season misses. 'All I had to do was go back and watch some film and just fix some little things — and that’s about it'.” - Calgary Sun

July 31, 2014 - long snapper Tim St. Pierre fills in
"A mainstay on Calgary’s special teams and a backup fullback, Tim St. Pierre saw his first game action at long snapper in almost exactly two years last week when he filled in for Chevrier, who is out with a leg injury. 'I think I snapped well,' says the veteran of seven CFL seasons. 'I think our whole op was good. Rene (Paredes) kicked well, Rob (Maver) kicked well, for the most part we covered well on punt. We had to do that because the week before we didn’t cover too well so it was more important that we covered well and operated well as a group.' Back in 2012, St. Pierre made four starts at long snapper for the Stamps before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Prior to that, his only long snapping experience in the CFL was with the Eskimos in 2010. His snapping abilities helped earn him the Eskimo nomination for most outstanding special teams player at the end of that season....  With Chevrier still on the injured list, St. Pierre will get another opportunity to handle long snapping duties on Friday night." - Stampeders

July 24, 2014 - Rene Paredes kicks four FGs in win over Esks 
"Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Calgary Stampeders became the sole remaining undefeated team in the Canadian Football League with a 26-22 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday.... Calgary regained the lead in the pouring rain with just over a minute remaining in the third frame on a 29-yard Paredes field goal and then benefited from a bevy of Edmonton penalties to make it 26-20 six minutes into the fourth quarter on a 30-yarder from their kicker." - National Post

July 18, 2014 - Rene Paredes kicks game winner over Ticats
"Rene Parades kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter before the Calgary defence came up big to preserve the victory on Friday as the Stampeders hung on to edge the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10-7.... The Stamps took a 10-7 lead at 8:16 of the fourth quarter when Parades connected from 39 yards out to round out the scoring.... The Ticats had a chance to tie the game, but kicker Justin Medlock was unable to kick a 29-yard field goal due to a botched snap." - Times Colonist

June 24, 2014 - kicker Rene Paredes named team captain
The Venezuelan-born kicker had plenty of reasons to be happy as the Stamps began preparations for the Als. He was named one of four players selected by the players to serve as team captains this season. “It feels good,” Paredes said. “It’s the second year in a row my teammates voted for me. “The Special Teams Player of the Year (award) probably had something to do with it. I’m pretty excited and it’s something good to put on your resume'.” - Calgary Sun

June 23, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna headed back to school
"Mac football just got a big 5-foot-7, 165-pound bonus. That would be the expected return this Ontario University Athletics football season of arguably the best kicker ever to suit up for the Marauders. The Calgary Stampeders' release this past weekend of Tyler Crapigna paves the way for the diminutive striker with the big leg to return to Ron Joyce Stadium for a fifth and final season in maroon. Crapigna confirmed to the Spec Monday that barring an injury to Stampeders placement kicker Rene Paredes or punter Rob Maver prior to the start of the Mac season, he will be back with the maroons this season." - Hamilton Spectator

June 21, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna placed on suspended list
"Four 2014 draft picks, offensive lineman Joe Circelli, kicker Tyler Crapigna, fullback Brian Marshall and defensive lineman Derek Wiggan, were all placed on the suspended list, a paperwork move which will allow the quartet of Canadians to head back to school in the fall." - Calgary Sun

June 14, 2014 - Tyler Crapigna kicks game winner over Winnipeg
"After missing a 40-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Tyler Crapigna regained his composure to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 23-20 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The rookie kicker booted a pair of 42-yard field goals, the second with no time remaining on the clock, to lead the Stampeders to a thrilling CFL pre-season victory. 'I've been in some of these situations before, playing in the Vanier Cup a couple years ago, but I was happy just to get another chance to show what I can do out here,' said Crapigna, who kicked a 20-yard field goal in double overtime to lift the McMaster Marauders to a 41-38 win over the Laval Rouge et Or to win the 2011 Vanier Cup. 'You definitely don't want to end on that missed field goal for sure. I was a little nervous, but I just kind of decided to take it slow and a lot of the guys were helping me'." - Times Colonist

June 6, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna
"Hoping so are the Stamps, who snatched Crapigna with the 40th pick at the CFL draft. He could return to McMaster for a fifth — and final — season of eligibility, but do not ask him about that. He’s not interested in buying another textbook. 'I’m here to try to make this team.' The 21-year-old adds that he’s performed well so far. 'I’ve shown pretty good — I’ve done what I need to do,' says the Ottawa native. 'Field-goal-wise, I think I’m there. Punting-wise, I’m improving every day, so I’m happy with that. I feel I’ve been pretty confident about all my stuff. Getting used to these new holders, I’m kind of in a rhythm.''The resident go-to toe, Rene Paredes, is certainly one to watch. He made field goals at an astonishing 94.7 per cent clip last year, so the kid is keeping an eye on No. 30. 'I try to take a bit of what they’re doing and incorporate that into my game,' Crapigna says of Paredes and punter Rob Maver. 'These guys have played at the professional level for a while now. I’m just trying to do what I can to be like them. To be a pro. To approach the game like a pro.' Apparently, he’s on the right track. Because it was Paredes who pointed out that the two kickers engage in identical warm-up routines." - Calgary Herald

May 22, 2014 - Paredes, Maver & Sweet
Starting out on his annual cross-Canadian commute from Montreal to Calgary, Rene Paredes officially began the 2014 Canadian Football League season earlier this week on Tuesday morning. And, for the third consecutive year, the Calgary Stampeders kicker and reigning special teams player of the year is scheduled to fly from Calgary to Vancouver on Saturday for the other part of his season prep — meeting up with Stamps punter Rob Maver to train with the legendary Don Sweet. Whatever they’ve been doing seems to be working for the tandem which, unsurprisingly, has consequently turned into the envy of the league. 'The main thing he does, after working with him for three years, he focuses on little things you have to correct,' said Paredes who is heading into his fourth season with the Stampeders. 'He tries to help you fix those things before you get to training camp so you don’t have to worry during the season. At this point, he gives us more confidence'. In addition to the mechanics, Sweet provides punting and kicking scenarios to stay sharp and think on their feet. A must, especially at this time of the year." - Calgary Herald

May 13, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna drafted
"Crapigna -- who famously kicked the winning field goal in overtime to clinch McMaster's 2011 Vanier Cup victory -- was the first Marauder off the board, being chosen 40th overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the fifth round. The two-time All-Canadian will join the Stampeders' record-setting starter, Rene Paredes, in Calgary." - Marauders

January 30, 2014 - long snapper Randy Chevrier re-signed
"Chevrier, a 37-year-old Montreal native, was slated to become a free agent Feb. 15. Chevrier played in all 18 regular-season games last year without making an errant snap while registering nine special-teams tackles. He also played in Calgary’s 35-13 loss to Saskatchewan in the West final. Chevrier has appeared in 157 career games with Calgary.... Chevrier joined the Stampeders in 2005 after two seasons with Edmonton. 'I’m excited to be remaining with the Calgary Stampeders,' said Chevrier. 'Working with (kicker) Rene Paredes, (punter) Rob Maver, (holder) Bo Levi Mitchell and coach Mark Kilam has been one of the best experiences of my career'." - Calgary Herald

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