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Mr. Frederick "Fred" Stamps

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New Orleans, La 70117

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August, 2015 Spotlight Feature on Former Athlete –

Fred puts his Stamps on CFL excellence

By Bruce Brown

Written for Athletic Network

It’s August, a time when football players across the country are enduring the grind of training camp to get ready for the season ahead.

On the other hand, if you’re former UL Ragin’ Cajun receiver Fred Stamps, you’re already more than a month into your ninth season as one of the veteran stars of the Canadian Football League.

The New Orleans product spent eight seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, compiling 496 receptions for 7,932 yards and 49 touchdowns, including three straight campaigns of 80-plus catches from 2009-2011.

He helped Edmonton to a 12-6 finish in 2014, then switched uniforms in the offseason by joining the Montreal Alouettes.

Stamps is the experienced veteran of a receiver corps that includes promising SJ Green, Cody Hoffman, Samuel Giguera, Mikhail Davidson and Alex Charette – that steady voice on the field or sideline who keeps younger teammates focused.

“I’d had the opportunity to be on the opposite side, coaching against Fred Stamps, and I knew that he was a productive player, a good player,” said Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins. “But we also knew that he had good character, someone who brings a lot to the table.

“Whether it’s in the locker room, or in the meeting room or on the practice field, I don’t know if you can find a better person. You need all those types of persons you can get on your team.”

During games on TV, Stamps can be seen talking with teammates, offering tips and encouragement.

“Everything is in transition,” Higgins said. “We know Fred is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. For these players to be trained by someone like Fred Stamps can be a lasting legacy.”

“But, for us, it’s now, and Fred can play.”’

Stamps has shown he can still be more than a pedagogue.

When the Alouettes evened their record at 2-2 with a hard-fought 17-13 victory over Hamilton on July 16, Stamps enjoyed his first breakout performance with his new team.

The ex-Cajun caught 7 passes for 119 yards, including a 35-yarder to the Tiger-Cats’ 1-yard line to give fledgling quarterback Rakeem Cato a reliable target in times of need.

“There are no breakout games for Fred,” Higgins said. “The week before, SJ Green had 180 yards. It was just Fred’s time. He’s not going to put together a string of 100-yard games, but he can be a consistent, productive receiver.”

Now over 500 catches (510) and 8,000 yards (8,113), Stamps has made a home North of the Border. But he’s not quite finished.

Stamps’ new team entered its bye week a bit surprised to be .500 after a rash of early injuries decimated its quarterback corps.

“If you had said we’d be 2-2, you’d have thought we’d have beaten Ottawa and Winnipeg,” Higgins said. “Instead we beat last year’s Grey Cup teams (Calgary, 29-11; Hamilton, 17-13).

“We’re down to our fifth quarterback in Cato, but he looks like someone we could live a long time with. He’s 2-1 (through July) as a starter.”

The Alouettes resumed their season with a rematch at Calgary on Aug. 1. Fred Stamps looks to be an ongoing factor in their success.

Standout in lean times at UL

Stamps also remains one of the best receivers in Ragin’ Cajun history, trailing only Brandon Stokley in the UL record book with 180 receptions for 2,789 yards and 19 touchdowns.

He was the second Cajun to ever exceed 1,000 yards in a season (Stokley did it three times) when he lit up defenses for 1,002 yards and eight scores on 54 grabs as a junior in 2002.

The acrobatic Stamps followed with a solid senior year (62-973-7), barely missing another 1,000-yard season.

He was a bright spot during some lean times for the Cajuns, who went 1-10 and 3-8 under Jerry Baldwin in 2000 and 2001, then 3-9 and 4-8 under Rickey Bustle in 2002 and 2003.

Ten times Stamps caught over 100 yards in passes in a game for UL, including an eye-popping 201 yards on 13 receptions in a wild 57-51 four-overtime victory at Middle Tennessee in 2003.

He also had an 8-for-198 night at UL Monroe in 2003, as well as three games over 130 yards. His five catches for 111 yards helped to spark a 34-0 win over Alabama-Birmingham in 2002, Bustle’s first win as Cajun mentor.

Typical of hard times, though, UL was 4-6 in Stamps’ 100-yard games.

He signed with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers in 2004, and also spent time on the practice squads in Jacksonville and Baltimore. But moving north to Canada in 2007 jump-started his pro career.

Fred Stamps at UL

2000 21 151 7.2 17 0

2001 43 663 15.4 48 4

2002 54 1,002 18.6 78 8

2003 62 973 15.7 64 7

Totals 180 2,789 15.5 78 19

Fred Stamps in CFL

2007-2014 Edmonton; 2015 Montreal

2007 28 289 10.3 21 0

2008 50 751 15.0 46 6

2009 85 1,402 16.5 63 8

2010 80 1,223 15.3 51 5

2011 82 1,153 14.1 75 8

2012 70 1,310 18,7 95 9

2013 68 1,259 18.5 51 11

2014 33 545 16.5 54 2

2015-X 14 181 12.9 35 0

Totals 510 8,113 15.9 95 49

X-Through July
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