Brandon Calver

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Brandon Calver
No. 44     Toronto Argonauts
2022, 44, Brandon Calver.jpg
Calver with the Argonauts in 2022
Born: (1993-04-17) April 17, 1993 (age 29)
London, Ontario
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Linebacker
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
UniversityWilfrid Laurier
High schoolA. B. Lucas Secondary
CFL Draft2017 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
20182019Montreal Alouettes
2019Ottawa Redblacks
20192020Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2021–presentToronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Brandon Calver (born April 17, 1993) is a professional Canadian football linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

University career[edit]

Calver played U Sports football for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks from 2013 to 2017.[1][2] He played in 36 regular season games where he had 210.5 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, and one interception.[2] He won a Yates Cup championship with the Golden Hawks in 2016.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

While eligible for the 2017 CFL Draft, Calver was not drafted and finished his university eligibility with the Golden Hawks in 2017.[3] On January 22, 2018, it was announced that he had signed with the Montreal Alouettes as an undrafted free agent.[4] Calver made the team's active roster following training camp and played in his first professional game on June 16, 2018, against the BC Lions, where he recorded one special teams tackle.[2] He played in 17 regular season games that year where he had nine special teams tackles and one forced fumble.[2]

In 2019, he played in five of the team's first six games of the season and recorded four special teams tackles.[2] However, after the team signed fellow linebacker, Frédéric Plesius, Calver was released on August 5, 2019.[5][6]

Ottawa Redblacks[edit]

On August 20, 2019, Calver signed with the Ottawa Redblacks to a practice roster agreement.[7] He played in one game for the Redblacks, on August 24, 2019, against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but was then released on August 31, 2019.[6]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

Soon after his release from Ottawa, Calver signed a practice roster agreement with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on September 6, 2019.[6][8] He played in the team's last five regular season games, but did not record a statistic.[2] He did, however, record one special teams tackle in his playoff debut in the team's West Semi-Final win over the Calgary Stampeders.[2] He was on the injured list for the West Final and Grey Cup games, but was still a member of the 107th Grey Cup championship team.[9][10]

Calver remained under contract with the Blue Bombers in 2020, but did not play that year due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season. He became a free agent upon the expiration of his contract on February 9, 2021.[11]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

Calver remained unsigned to start the 2021 CFL season, but was signed in week 2 by the Toronto Argonauts on August 10, 2021.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brandon Calver". Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Brandon Calver". Toronto Argonauts. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "2017 CFL Draft Guide" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  4. ^ "Alouettes add four players to the roster". Montreal Alouettes. January 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alouettes sign Canadian LB Frederic Plesius". 3DownNation. August 5, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "Transactions: August 20, 2019". Ottawa Redblacks. August 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "'I shed a few tears': Rasheed Bailey to get first career start for Winnipeg Blue Bombers". Global News. September 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "107th Grey Cup". Canadian Football League. November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  10. ^ "Grey Cup Depth Chart" (PDF). Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  12. ^ "Argos add American RB Trey Williams and Canadian LB Brandon Calver". Toronto Argonauts. August 10, 2021.

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