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Stampeders name football staff for 2020 season

Calgary Stampeders slotback Marquay McDaniel was photographed during training camp at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Monday May 29, 2017.  Gavin Young/Postmedia Network
Calgary Stampeders slotback Marquay McDaniel was photographed during training camp at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Monday May 29, 2017. Gavin Young/Postmedia Network

Marquay McDaniel looks at the Calgary Stampeders receiving corps and he likes what he sees.

Two years after retiring as a player, McDaniel is returning to the Stampeders organization where he spent the late years of his career, this time as the team’s receivers coach.

When he looks at the group of young men he’ll be coaching, he gets excited.

There’s 2018 first-round draft pick Hergy Mayala, coming off an exciting rookie season. Josh Huff did big things in the second half of his first season in the CFL, too.

Then there are veterans like Eric Rogers, who is as dangerous in the endzone as anyone in the CFL.

There’s also Kamar Jorden, who is hoping to be healthy after missing most of the past year and a half with a knee injury.

McDaniel looks at the group he’s going to be coaching and sees something special.

“The first thing is you’ve got to see who’s back, that’s the main thing but the thing I do like is you have a mixture,” McDaniel said. “You have the older guys like KJ and Eric, but you have the younger guys, too. Some guys had to plugin last year, young Canadian receivers and then (Markeith) Ambles who has played a few years, too.

“It’s a good mixture but the thing I like is there’s guys with game experience, and I think experience is the biggest thing in the CFL, especially at the receiver position.”

McDaniel was the most familiar name on the list of new hires when the Stamps released their football staff for the 2020 season on Thursday morning.

It’s been an off-season of change around McMahon Stadium, and the 2020 staff will reflect that.

In addition to McDaniel, George Cortez will return to the Stampeders for his fourth stint with the organization, this time as an offensive assistant and running backs coach — last year’s running backs coach, Marc Mueller, will serve as quarterbacks coach.

Dwayne Cameron, who has been a regional scouting consultant for the Stamps, will take over from J.C. Sherritt as linebackers coach, while Taylor Altilio will be assistant special teams coach after serving as special-teams coordinator for the B.C. Lions last season.

In December, the Stamps announced that Pat DelMonaco will add the offensive coordinator title to his resume, in addition to his role as offensive line coach.

McDaniel played with the Stamps between 2012 and ’18, winning a Grey Cup in ’14 and becoming one of quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell’s favourite targets.

After retiring, he served as receivers coach at McMaster University in 2019 and then joined the Montreal Alouettes staff and served as an offensive assistant last season.

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