When Marquay McDaniel served as a visitor coach throughout Calgary Stampeders coaching camp, he insisted he was 100% content material together with his resolution to retire.
He actually meant it, too.
This week, although, McDaniel returned to soccer when he signed a follow roster contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – who occur to be internet hosting the Stamps on Saturday.
The best way McDaniel describes it, solely a fully excellent state of affairs was going to drag him out of retirement, and it simply so occurred that the Ticats match the invoice
“The aggressive fireplace will at all times be there, but when it wasn’t (in Hamilton), I used to be finished taking part in for actual,” McDaniel stated. “I by no means anticipated this, and if it wasn’t for accidents I don’t suppose it could have ever occurred. I’ve performed right here earlier than, I obtained my outdated highschool quantity, so I believe this can be a good strategy to shut out my profession.”
McDaniel has stored busy in his “retirement,” serving as a coach for the McMaster College Marauders.
He received’t be giving that up now that he’s again on the follow area for the Ticats, and which means days like Saturday, when the Marauders play at 1 p.m. and the Tiger-Cats face off with the Stampeders at four p.m. (2 p.m. MT) are going to be busy.
However McDaniel is, finally, simply doing what he likes to do.
At 34-years-old, he wasn’t positive he wished to place his physique via one other full season of soccer, regardless of catching 65 passes for 860 yards and 4 touchdowns final season.
After the Stamps launched him in February, McDaniel opted to go quietly into the sundown and introduced his retirement in a usually low-key method, merely telling reporters his taking part in days have been finished when he arrived at Stampeders coaching camp in Might.
Within the time since, he’s labored with the McMaster staff and has change into a must-follow on Twitter, the place he’s supplied his ideas – each good and dangerous – every time the Stampeders play.
Now that he’s signed with the Ticats, although, that’s one factor he’ll should cease..
“I can’t cheer for Calgary anymore, so undoubtedly received’t be doing that anymore,” McDaniel stated.
He’ll supply one little bit of commentary on the Stamps, although.
Regardless of accidents to receivers Eric Rogers and Kamar Jorden, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell continues to be placing up large passing numbers.
That doesn’t shock McDaniel, in any respect.
“Bo, his shoulder (and) his arm are nice this 12 months,” McDaniel stated, earlier than laughing. “I sort of want we had slim Bo (with a) wholesome arm final 12 months, and he’s undoubtedly working round effectively, too. I’m undoubtedly not stunned with Bo.
“The principle factor with them, watching the video games, I can hear him speaking and training up guys on the sideline. So long as these guys are on the identical web page, their offence goes to click on.”
There weren’t many adjustments to the Stampeders’ lively roster this week, however the greatest one could have been Troy Stoudermire getting the decision at nook rather than Ciante Evans.
Final weekend towards the Edmonton Eskimos, rookie Tay Glover-Wright obtained the decision to exchange Evans, however he had a shaky recreation and that led to the Stamps giving Stoudermire a shot.
The veteran has performed at a number of totally different positions within the defensive backfield this season and in addition returns kicks for the Stampeders.
He described himself as a swiss-army knife earlier this week, and when teammate Emanuel Davis was requested what place needs to be assigned to Stoudermire, he had an unconventional reply.
“Simply put ATH subsequent to his title, for athlete,” Davis stated.
Stoudermire’s athleticism and flexibility are an enormous a part of why the Stampeders signed him in free company, however he’s obtained a serious take a look at towards a Ticats staff that has finished a terrific job of spreading the ball out amongst its receivers in current weeks.
“I believe Troy would have a shot to make the staff as a receiver,” stated Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson. “He’s bodily gifted, he’s simply obtained to lock right into a place. I believe, finally, in camp he was taking part in so many positions, it was exhausting to judge anybody.”
The Stamps’ different change to the roster this week got here on the offensive line, the place Nila Kasitati will get his first motion of the season.
The 25-year-old will likely be beginning at centre, the place Spencer Wilson performed final week and Ucambre Williams has been excelling all season.
The transfer to begin Kasitati over Wilson shouldn’t be seen as an indictment of the way in which Wilson performed final week towards the Eskimos.
“Final week, Ucambre principally practised all Day three after which obtained harm, so we felt like Spencer’s finished it and will execute it (towards the Eskimos),” Dickenson stated. “However Nila’s right here to be a backup centre.”