Instinctive Canadian linebacker Fraser Sopik sticks with Stampeders

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The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed Canadian linebacker Fraser Sopik.

The 23-year-old Sopik was in uniform for all 18 regular season games during his rookie season. The University of Western Ontario product recorded 13 defensive tackles and 10 special teams stops while adding two sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt.

“I couldn’t be happier to get the deal done,” Sopik said. “Loved everything about my first year in Calgary and I’m excited for what we’re going to accomplish this season.”

The five-foot-11, 195-pound Toronto native was a fourth round, 31st overall selection by the Stamps in the 2019 CFL draft.

“Fraser is a hard-working and determined player who has playmaking ability, both on defence and special teams,” Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “He showed great promise as a rookie and I look forward to seeing him take the next step in his development.”

In his final university season, Sopik was the Ontario University Athletics first-team all-star at strong-side linebacker after recording 38 tackles, one sack and one interception in eight games. In 26 career games at Western, Sopik accumulated 107.5 tackles including 11 tackles for loss, one sack, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He was presented the Bruce Coulter Award as the most outstanding defensive player in Western’s 2017 Vanier Cup victory.

American running back Brandon Wilds has exercised his right to opt back into his 2021 contract with the Stampeders.

Wilds played seven career NFL games – four for the New York Jets and three for the Jacksonville Jaguars – accumulating 16 carries for 42 yards and two catches for 20 yards. In 42 games at the University of South Carolina, he carried the ball 379 times for 1,844 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 59 receptions for 540 yards and three scores.