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Riders Roster Continues To Grow With Another Receiver—Michael Ball Makes First Statements Since Becoming New Play-By-Play Announcer

Head coach for the Roughriders, Craig Dickenson, recently stated that he has a lot to look into concerning the team, as we covered in a recent piece, but he seems to be making plans heading into training camp on the 15th of this month…specifically acquisitions, and pertinent ones at that.

This time, they’ve acquired Johnathon Johnson from Memphis, Tennessee. As reports, Johnson is 25 and played his college ball at the University of Missouri. As an undrafted free agent, he was signed to Washington in the NFL. That was in 2020, and in the CFL, it was in 2021 that he was at the BC Lions training camp. Now this….

via Mizzou Athletics

It was during his college career that he garnered for himself a 2016 SEC Freshman of the Week nod, and in 46 games, he caught 153 passes…13 touchdowns.

via Roughriders on Twitter

According to the aforementioned piece (link above), the Riders Rookie Camp is set to open on the 11th in Saskatoon.

Michael Ball Makes First Statements Since Becoming New Play-By-Play Announcer for Riders

As we reported just last week, Michael Ball, aka, “Ballsy,” is the new voice for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He of course is taking the gig on from former analyst for the team, Derek Taylor on 620 CKRM.

Ball will of course be the new play-by-play announcer, calling all of the season games for the station as well as have hosting duties for the stations program, SportsCage.

He’s pretty excited about the gig that he’s wanted since he was six years old, as he told CTV.

While speaking to CTV Morning Live Regina’s Brit Dort, Ball went into just how he feels about his new gig, what he’s excited about the most and he even voiced a few concerns for the 2022 season. Here’s some of what he said:

“It’s the job I’ve always wanted…Anytime someone introduces me as the play-by-play voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, it doesn’t seem real…Now I’m more kind of telling myself that I’m going to call it straight and I’m going to be passionate, but I’ve also got to remember that I am the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, so I kind of have to be an ambassador…

Even training camp. I’ve been there before for a weekend, but never a two-week stretch. There’s also a lot of CFL cities I’ve never traveled to, I’ve always wanted to go way down east…I mean, I’m a little concerned about the backup quarterback position, you generally need a couple of quarterbacks to win. The offensive line last year had some issues I think it’s going to be better. I’m looking forward to it; it’s going to be a great season.”

via CTV

NEXT: Jermaine Kelly Signed By Riders—Team Heading Into Training Camp Soon…Many Issues To Look Into Says Head Coach

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