Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bo Levi Mitchell's Brother Cory Tries out at Receiver for Calgary Stampeders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bo Levi Mitchell's Brother Cory Tries out at Receiver for Calgary Stampeders

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Brother looks for a job on Bo Levi's Stamps


CALGARY - Calgary Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has a familiar target at training camp. Older brother Cory is among the receivers invited to try out for the defending Grey Cup champions.

Between their back yard in Katy, Texas, and a season as teammates at Eastern Washington, the Mitchell brothers guess Bo Levi has thrown the football to Cory about a thousand times in their lives.

They didn't add to that estimate in the first session of main camp Sunday as the siblings were working in different groups. Cory hopes their familiarity with each other helps launch his pro career.

"I think knowing his little tendencies and the way the ball comes out of his hand . . . with new quarterbacks, you're not sure how the ball comes out," the slotback said. "With him, it's natural."

The 27-year-old completed his college career in December shortly after Bo Levi quarterbacked the Stampeders to a Grey Cup victory. Cory participated in an April free-agent camp in Florida and earned an invite to Calgary's camp.

"He can run all day long," Stampeder head coach John Hufnagel said. "Great hands. A very intelligent young man.

"I think he'll be a guy, that if he did survive cuts, that would be able to plug and play, meaning that if we needed an 'x' receiver, he'd know the assignments. If we need a 'z' receiver, he knows those assignments."

Bo Levi and Cory combined on 19 passes for 310 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2011 in their one season as Eagles teammates. Bo Levi joined the Stampeders the following season.

Cory had 70 receptions for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns at Eastern Washington. He played eight games in 2014 because of a collarbone injury.

The brothers are almost identical in stature -- both six foot two and about 195 pounds. Bo Levi, 25, wants his brother to make the team, but also doesn't want to be accused of familial favouritism.

"It is tough only because I'm still his brother, I still love the guy and I want him to succeed," the quarterback said. "On the field, I'm a quarterback and he's my receiver.

"I've told him I haven't promised him anything. …

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