The old pro of the group is Danny McManus ('84-'87), starting his 17th season in the
12-man league. Danny may be Calgary's backup QB, but he's a bona fide CFL legend. His 52,779 yards is second all-time in league history. However, the 41-year old McManus didn't play in Calgary's opening day win vs. Edmonton. (Here's more on Danny and his new role from the Calgary Herald.)
Tay Cody ('97 - 2000) enters his second season up North. Tay was instrumental in Hamilton's strong showing in a close loss against Toronto. His five tackles and aggressive play against WR's was reminiscent of when he roamed the field at Doak, winning consensus All-American honors in 2000.
Reggie Durden, who played only two years as a DB for the Noles ('98 and '99), had two tackles in Edmonton's loss at Calgary. The five-year CFL vet was dealt to the Eskimos, last year's Grey Cup Champs, during the off-season. Reggie wears a rare sports collectible: a 2001 XFL Championship Ring from his season with the L.A. Xtreme.
Stanford Samuels (2000 - '03) might have earned even more playing time at DB for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His stats include a blocked punt, INT,and two tackles in the Bombers loss at Montreal. Stanford made a big impression in '05, his rookie season, ringing up 62 tackles, two interceptions and a blocked punt.