Just for kicks: Lions re-sign punter Stefan Flintoft

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The B.C. Lions have signed American punter Stefan Flintoft to a contract extension.

After making his CFL debut in Week 3 of the 2021 season, the native of Santa Monica, Calif. recorded a league-best 48.3-yard punting average and would also finish third amongst qualifiers in net average at 37.3 yards.

Flintoft also averaged 61.4 yards over 37 total kickoffs and would earn a team nomination for CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. He also tried an onside kickoff, though the Lions were unable to recover it against Hamilton.

The 26-year-old attended UCLA from 2014-18 and took over main punting duties in his third season. Flintoft’s average of 43.8 yards per punt was good for third all-time in Bruins program history.

Those credentials would earn him a 2019 mini-camp invite with the Denver Broncos, though he did not end up signing with the team.

The Lions finished fourth in the West Division standings in 2021 with a 5-9 record. The club recent promoted Ryan Rigmaiden to the role of assistant general manager and director of player personnel on Wednesday, though it seems longtime personnel assistant Geroy Simon is departing to become an assistant general manager with the Edmonton Elks.