Stampeders sign three from draft class of 2008

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The Canadian Press
5/8/2009 7:44:48 PM
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CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeders signed offensive lineman Jon Gott, linebacker Fernand Kashama and defensive lineman Ronald Hilaire from their 2008 Canadian draft class Friday.

Kashama, born in the Congo and raised in Brampton, Ont., was the 16th overall pick by the Stamps last year. The six-foot-three, 221-pounder played tight end at Western Michigan before moving to the defensive line. He recorded 14 tackles and one sack in two seasons as a defensive end for the Broncos.

"He brings a lot of speed and athleticism to the defence," Stampeders coach and GM John Hufnagel said in a statement

Gott, from Lethbridge, Alta., was a fifth-round pick (35th overall) and spent five seasons playing for Boise State. The six-foot-three, 294-pounder spent four seasons as backup before starting in 2008 and the Broncos gave up just eight sacks in eight conference games.

"Gott played a very high level of football and he'll add competition to the guard position," Hufnagel said.

Hilaire, a fourth-round pick, had 98 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in four seasons at the University of Buffalo. The six-foot-one, 298-pound native of Laval, Que., helped the Bulls win the Mid-American Conference championship in 2008 and had four tackles against Connecticut in the International Bowl.

"Hilaire was a very solid run stopper in college who showed good hands and good upper body strength," Hufnagel said.

The Grey Cup champion Stampeders open the 2009 regular season at home July 1 against Montreal in a Grey Cup rematch.

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