Roughriders reacquire Global punter Jimmy Smith from Stampeders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have reacquired Global punter Jimmy Smith from the Calgary Stampeders.

Smith was initially traded to Calgary on June 5, when the Riders acquired the Stamps’ seventh-round selection in the 2023 CFL Draft and a third-round selection in the 2023 Global Draft. Saskatchewan will send the third-round Global Draft selection back to Calgary but keep the seventh-round CFL Draft selection.

The six-foot-five, 235-pound Smith played three games with the Stampeders, punting 18 times for 795 yards (650 net yards) with a 43.4-yard gross average. He signed with the Roughriders in April after spending time with the Tennessee Titans in 2021.

The Australian played 49 games over four NCAA seasons (2017-2020) at the University of Cincinnati, becoming the Bearcats all-time leading punter and a four-time all-conference player. Smith joined Cincinnati as a true freshman and made his mark immediately after he kicked 64 times for a 42.0-yard per kick average and earned a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection.

He went on to punt 235 times for 10,245 yards in his collegiate career with just three touchbacks with a 43.6-yard average (second all-time at Cincinnati). Over his career he had 91 punts inside the 20 and 43 kicks over 50 yards.

The 27-year-old collected many collegiate career accolades culminating in an invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl and 2021 NFL Combine. He was also a Ray Guy Award Finalist (awarded to the nation’s best punter) in 2018.