Riders swap Canadian kickers, sign Saskatoon native Sean Stenger

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have switched Canadian kickers in and out.

Felix Menard-Briere has left the prairie province and Sean Stenger joins the Riders.

“It was basically because Felix hurt himself. Felix pulled a quad so he wasn’t going to be able to kick in the game on Thursday and we don’t want to kick Jon [Ryan] and Brett [Lauther] the whole game so we needed a guy,” Riders head coach Craig Dickenson said.

“I’d worked Sean out before. He’s local so we knew we could bring him in. It was a move out of necessity, but also the fact that he was here and we’d seen him work out helped him.”

Menard-Briere was a fourth-round selection, 34th overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2017 CFL draft. He was an All-Canadian calibre kicker at the Canadian university level and spent part of the 2017 season on the Bombers practice roster, returning to the University of Montreal for his final year of USports eligibility.

During the 2018 pre-season, Menard-Briere connected on all four of his field goal attempts, including hitting form 43 and 52 yards. He also punted 13 times for a net average of 35.1 yards. But the 25-year-old opted to join the Ottawa Redblacks instead of accepting a practice roster spot in Winnipeg.

After leaving Ottawa, Menard-Briere spent time with the Alouettes, Argos and Riders in 2018 making Saskatchewan his fifth team. He’s yet to attempt a field goal or punt in a regular-season CFL game.

Stenger played five seasons for the University of Saskatchewan. The Saskatoon native went unselected in the 2018 CFL draft. He was a part of the Huskies 2018 Hardy Cup-winning team making 13-of-17 field goal tries (76 per cent) in the regular season and averaging 41.6 yards per punt.

With Brett Lauther and Jon Ryan secured for the kicking and punting duties, Stenger has a chance to prove himself as a valuable backup option should the Riders need to fill one of those spots.

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