Rebel turncoat: Stampeders sign former Ole Miss DL Josiah Coatney

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed American defensive tackle Josiah Coatney to their training camp roster.

The six-foot-four, 325-pound interior defender was a four-star high school recruit and began his collegiate career at Holmes Community College, where he was an all-state selection in 2015. The native of Atlanta, Ga. then transferred to the University of Mississippi, spending four seasons with the team.

Coatney appeared in 36 games for the Rebels, amassing 174 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Following his final season at Ole Miss, he received an invitation to the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game and attended the 2020 NFL Combine, though he was not selected in the subsequent NFL Draft.

The 28-year-old originally signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent but was released during training camp. He later joined the San Franciso 49ers practice squad and was elevated for one game, before being waived that offseason. Coatney would not return to the field again until 2023 when he played eight games for the XFL champion Arlington Renegades, collecting 19 tackles and a half-sack.

The Stampeders will open the 2024 regular season on Friday, June 7 when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium.