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Alouettes' Stamps Goes from Scoring TDs for Eskimos to Facing Their Defence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alouettes' Stamps Goes from Scoring TDs for Eskimos to Facing Their Defence

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Alouettes' Stamps set to face former team


MONTREAL - After eight seasons of scoring touchdowns for the Edmonton Eskimos, Fred Stamps now has to figure out how to beat their league-leading defence.

Stamps and the Montreal Alouettes host the Eskimos on Thursday. The veteran slotback will face his former teammates for the first time since being traded to Montreal for wide receiver Kenny Stafford this off-season.

"I just want to win football games," said Stamps on Wednesday. "I take it as any other game. I don't want to step out of character and focus on just one game. I'm not really stressing on it.

"I don't know how I feel right now. I just want to do my job and do whatever it takes to help the team win."

Stamps, 33, has put together an impressive CFL resume since entering the league in 2007. In 122 regular-season games, the New Orleans native has 8,167 yards and 49 touchdowns.

In five games with the Alouettes this season, Stamps has 15 catches for 235 yards but has yet to score a touchdown.

"What he brings to the table is a lot more than what you can measure as far as yards on the field and completions," said Als head coach Tom Higgins. "He's a consummate pro who knows how to prepare each and every week. In the locker-room, you can't find a finer person.

"There have been no disappointments in Fred Stamps. You don't know how many years someone has, but he serves a great purpose for us right now."

The off-season deal that sent Stamps to Montreal raised some eyebrows. Stafford is eight years younger than Stamps and likely has a very long CFL career in front of him.

Stafford already has 349 yards and four touchdowns in six games with his new team. The Columbus, Ohio, native is also coming off one of his best performances of the season, catching eight balls for 71 yards and a TD last week versus the B.C. Lions.

Stafford, however, says he's not out to prove the Als wrong for trading him. …

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