Stampeders sign 2021 first round Global Draft pick, punter Cody Grace

The Calgary Stampeders have signed their first round, seventh overall pick from the 2021 Global Draft, punter Cody Grace.

The six-foot-two, 228-pound Grace was born in Perth, Australia and played three seasons (2017-2019) at Arkansas State University. In 37 career games with the Red Wolves, he punted 178 times for a 42.1-yard average with his longest punt travelling 75 yards. The Aussie also had 42 punts of at least 50 yards and 75 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

In 2017, Grace became the first player in Arkansas State history to be a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as the NCAA’s top punter. Arkansas State set an NCAA record in 2018 with minus-15 punt return yards allowed as only eight of Grace’s 64 punts were returned. He was named first-team all-Sun Belt Conference in 2019.

The 25-year-old Grace grew up playing Australian rules football at Warwick Senior High School and graduated from Arkansas State with a degree in exercise science.

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