He’s 24 years of age and a sophomore in the Canadian Football League. He signed with the Calgary Stampeders on May 4, 2010, after working out in Tampa, Florida, before joining them at the main training camp.
His name is Landan Talley, and he is currently making the most of his playing time at receiver after an opportunity presented itself in the form of an injury to Ken-Yon Rambo.
Talley started his college career at Lambuth University, where he was an instant success, recording many great statistical years, including one game against Lindenwood University where he recorded 248 yards and four touchdowns.
His rookie campaign wasn’t stat-padding in any way but an amicable effort nonetheless, as he would catch two passes for 18 yards and one touchdown. He would also return eight punts for 43 yards and 12 on kickoff for 236 yards.
One of the biggest games of his young CFL career came when he suited up in the Western final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he would return 66 yards on six punts and two kickoffs for 81 yards.
It wasn’t until this season that he eventually get an opportunity to showcase his talents to head coach John Hufnagel and the team after receiver Ken-Yon Rambo went down earlier this season.
During his last four starts, Landan Talley has recorded 221 yards and two touchdowns and has become a consistent target for Henry Burris and Drew Tate when needed.
Talley has played six games on the season and has accumulated 288 yards and three touchdowns overall.
His efforts in the game against B.C. certainly won’t go unnoticed as Talley connected with Henry Burris for an 81-yard catch and run for the touchdown that would tie the game at 24 apiece.
His speed and hands have certainly made him a reliable option and his route running has raised his stock even higher.
Talley will make it hard on the coaching staff to try and determine what to do at receiver when Ken-Yon does make his return, but if it was my choice, Landan Talley would be in the starting offense.
For now, what John Hufnagel plans to do when Ken-Yon Rambo is available again is unknown, but he will certainly need to find room to keep Landan Talley on the active roster as they head into the playoffs.