Stampeders promote Canadian REC Clark Barnes to starting unit vs. B.C. Lions

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The Calgary Stampeders will make no additions to their game-day roster ahead of Saturday’s visit to B.C., but have promoted Canadian receiver Clark Barnes into the starting lineup.

The second-year pass catcher was officially listed as a backup for the team’s Week 1 victory over Hamilton but finished with a team-high six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. After being selected in the third round of the 2023 CFL Draft out of the University of Guelph, Barnes caught 25 passes for 234 yards and one major in nine games as a rookie while adding 465 all-purpose return yards.

Cole Tucker, the team’s first-round pick in that same 2023 Draft, is now listed in a backup capacity. He hauled in one pass for 10 yards in the opener, after notching 14 receptions for 192 yards and a touchdown in 11 appearances as a rookie.

Returner Erik Brooks is also no longer listed as a starter in the receiving corps, with veterans Reggie Begelton and Marken Michel losing their designated nationalized American labels this week.


The Stampeders did not have to make any changes to their lineup due to injuries, as Canadian receiver Jalen Philpot is able to make the start after being limited throughout the week with a hamstring. American receivers Marken Michel (head) and Cameron Echols (knee) were full participants in practice despite exiting last week’s game early.

The only other aesthetic change to the lineup comes in the backfield, where American B.J. Emmons is no longer listed as the starting fullback over Canadian Lucas Robertson. He’ll serve as the backup running back behind Dedrick Mills after carrying five times for 23 yards in his debut.

Returner and running back Peyton Logan headlines the list of healthy scratches for a second straight week and will be joined by quarterback Logan Bonner, receiver Tre Dukes, offensive linemen Trevon Tate and Rodeem Brown, and defensive back Nick Statz.

The Calgary Stampeders (1-0) will visit the B.C. Lions (0-1) at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday, June 15 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT.

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