Another former USC tailback has gone to Canada looking for a second chance.
Derek Watson, whose Gamecocks’ career was derailed by a series of off-the-field issues, has joined Demetris Summers on the preseason roster of the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.
Watson, who has been out of football since getting cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three years ago, got a call from the Stampeders about a week ago when the defending Grey Cup champions had a running back get injured.
The 28-year-old Watson rushed for 78 yards on 13 attempts Tuesday in Calgary’s final preseason game, but fumbled on his third carry. The Calgary Herald described Watson’s performance as “extremely impressive.”
In an Edmonton Sun article over the weekend, Watson said he had learned from his mistakes and planned to take advantage of his last shot.
That was the approach Summers took last summer and ended up earning a spot with the “Stamps,” serving as a backup RB and kick returner as they made their march to the Grey Cup.
Summers missed Tuesday’s final preseason tune-up with a hamstring injury.
Calgary is expected to announce its opening-game roster on Thursday.