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Stamps sign a trio of receivers

May 21, 2004 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Calgary Stampeders News Release

(Calgary) – Today Calgary Stampeders’ General Manager and Head Coach Matt Dunigan announced the free agent signing of receivers Adrian Zullo, Nikolas Lewis and Ronald Jackson.

“Speed, speed and more speed is the best way to describe these three receivers. Each of these players has their distinguishing strengths which we are excited about, but the common denominator is speed,” stated General Manager and Head Coach Matt Dunigan

Here is a closer look at the newest Stampeders:

Ronald Jackson

#35

Receiver

College: Tennessee St.

HT: 5’11” WT: 170 lbs

Born: January 28, 1980

Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Stampeders: 1st year

CFL: 1st year

Import

Pro

Entering his 1st season with the Stampeders … originally signed on May 19, 2004.

2003

Entered his 3rd season at Tennessee St. playing in 10 games … finished the season 2nd on the team in receiving … recording 33 receptions for 533 yards and 5 touchdowns … his best game of the year might just have been on August 20 vs South Carolina St. where he recorded 3 receptions for 98 yards … his season high in receptions came against Tenn. Martin where he picked up 6 receptions for 63 yards.

2002

In 2002 Ronald played in 10 games … recording 25 receptions for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns … at the start of the season he recorded a season high in yards with 72 vs South Carolina on August 31 … recorded a season high in receptions on November 9 vs Murray State … he picked up 5 receptions for 67 yards.

2001

Played in 11 games … recorded 30 receptions for 496 yards … his biggest game of the year came against Tenn. Martin on October 20 … he picked up 5 receptions for 100 yards.

Nikolas Lewis

#78

Receiver

College: Southern Arkansas

HT: 5’10” WT: 205 lbs

Born: June 3, 1982

Birthplace:

Stampeders: 1st year

CFL: 1st year

Import

Pro

Entering his 1st season with the Stampeders … originally signed on May 19, 2004.

College

Attended Souther Arkansas in 2003 was named All-American and All-Region Team … recorded 59 catches for 1,039 yards, 14 TD’s as a returned he had 21 returns for 450 yards on punts … in 2002 he was named All-Region Team making 65 catches for 1,265 yards, 14 TDs and returned the ball 15 times for 179 yards on punts.

Noteworthy

Attended high school in Jacksboro, TX ... participated in track specializing in triple jump.

Adrian Zullo

#79

Receiver

College: Massachusetts

HT: 5’7” WT: 170 lbs

Born: January 5, 1980

Birthplace: Plantation, FL

Stampeders: 1st year

CFL: 1st year

Import

Pro

Entering his first season with the Stampeders … originally signed on May 19, 2004.

College

Three-year starter at wide receiver … Also one of the team’s top kick returners … Has outstanding speed and quickness … A threat to score every time he touches the ball … UMass’ all-time leader in career receptions (135), career receiving yards (2,130) and career touchdown receptions (23) … Also ranks second all-time at UMass in career receiving yards per game (66.6); fifth in career touchdowns scored (24); sixth in career all-purpose yards (3,260) and career all-purpose yards per game (101.9); seventh in career points scored (144) and career kickoff return yards (891); and 10th in career kickoff return average (21.2) … Also a member of the UMass track team … Has played in 32 career games, making 26 starts.

2001

Missed the entire season due to injury … Received a medical redshirt year … Rated as the No. 18 wide receiver in the nation by The Sports Network … Preseason second team All-Atlantic 10 selection.

2000

Started the first five games of the season at wide receiver … Missed the final six games of the season due to injury … Led the team with 398 receiving yards and six touchdowns on the year, and ranked third with 25 catches, despite missing more than half the season … His six touchdowns on the season tied for the eighth-highest single season total in school history … Had one catch for 12 yards and a kickoff return for five yards at Northeastern, prior to being injured … Caught seven passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns against Hofstra … Had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown against New Haven … Made five receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns at Richmond … Caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against William & Mary … Earned preseason third team All-America honors from Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette … Preseason first team All-Atlantic 10 selection … Named preseason Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year by Street & Smith’s … Listed as the nation’s No. 8 wide receiver by The Sports Network.

1999

One of UMass’ starting wide receivers … A first team All-Atlantic 10 selection … Named to the New England Football Writers All-Star team … Selected second team All-ECAC … Earned honorable mention All-America honors from Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette … Played in every game, starting 12 times … Led UMass with 81 catches for 1,253 yards and nine touchdowns … Rushed 10 times for 121 yards and another score … Returned 10 kickoffs for 205 yards … Placed second on the UMass single season lists for receiving yards and receptions, third for touchdown catches and ninth for all-purpose yards … Ranked 17th in the nation in receiving yards, 25th in receptions and 50th in all-purpose yards during the regular season … Finished the season second in the Atlantic 10 in receiving yards, third in receptions, sixth in all-purpose yards and 10th in touchdowns scored … Had six receptions for 102 yards at Georgia Southern in the NCAA quarterfinals … Caught 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown during the NCAA first-round victory over Furman … Broke the UMass career record for touchdown catches during the win over the Paladins, while his 10 catches tied for the fifth-best single game performance in school history … Set new UMass postseason single game records for catches and receiving yards at Furman … Caught 11 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown at Richmond … Set a new school single game record for receiving yards at Richmond, while tying the single game record for receptions.

1998

One of UMass’ starting wide receivers … The Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year … Played in 14 games, starting nine times … Caught 29 passes on the season for 479 yards and eight touchdowns … Led the team in kickoff returns with 31 for 681 yards … Returned 11 punts for 53 yards and rushed 12 times for 70 yards … Averaged 91.6 all-purpose yards per game … Ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 and 34th nationally in kickoff returns during the regular season … His 681 kickoff return yards were the second-highest single season total in school history, while his eight touchdown receptions rank fifth … Had two catches for 14 yards and a touchdown against Georgia Southern in the NCAA title game … Made four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in NCAA quarterfinal win over Lehigh.

Noteworthy

UMass Track: Runs sprints for the Minutemen … Former school record holder in 55-meter dash (6.40) … Won 55-meter dash at the 2000 New England Indoor Championship (6.41) … Placed fourth in the 100-meter dash at the 1999 New England Outdoor Championship (10.87) and 10th at the 1999 IC4A Outdoor Championship (10.73) … Ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team which placed first at New Englands in 1999 with a time of 41.44.


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