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DIESELMAN
02-06-2009, 07:12 AM
The Steelers today will sign Stefan Logan from the Toronto Argonauts. Called the CFL's "most exciting player," Logan will have an opportunity to make the team as a return specialist and third-down running back, according to The Vancouver Sun. (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Lions+Steelers+steal+running+back+Stefan+Logan/1257767/story.html)

Logan played for the South Dakota Coyotes in college, he's around 5'7" 180 lbs. He ran a 4.39 on his pro day, a poor mans Darren Sproles.

Zachintosh66
02-06-2009, 08:25 AM
aw shyt! is this the KR we need so bad? I wouldn't mind taking a run for CB, Justin Miller in FA either.

DIESELMAN
02-06-2009, 09:35 AM
Here is some more info on Logan, at least he'll come cheap. He has the resume to possibly make a difference, time will tell.....


Logan was among the league leaders in rushing yards with 889 yards on just 122 carries in 2008, his first CFL season. The 27-year-old also caught 52 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns.

The 5-7, 185-pound Logan signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie in 2007, but was released.

Logan, who was a sprinter on South Dakota's track team, rushed for 1,155 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman in 2003.

He added another 1,345 yards as a sophomore before going over 2,000 total yards as a junior, when he rushed for 1,751 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 26 catches for 428 yards and two touchdowns.

He finished with 1,707 yards and nine touchdowns, and added 153 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver in his senior season.

Logan averaged 15.9 yards per punt return with one touchdown, and averaged 28.2 yards per kick return and one touchdown.

BlackGold4vr
02-06-2009, 09:51 AM
I expect this will be the first of many UFA's signed in the next couple months. Most of these guys don't make the team, but they make the competition for those jobs much more interesting. I want a tackle, guard, center, defensive end, kick returner, fullback (Carey Davis sucks at everything fullbacks are asked to do.....run block, pass block, short yardage) after that I don't care what they take. :greengrin:

yinzer
02-06-2009, 09:57 AM
he's got some speed i guess.

Stairwayto7
02-06-2009, 10:21 AM
We need a kick returner baaaaaaaaad! maybe, just maybe

BlitzburghRockCity
02-06-2009, 11:54 AM
That's a ton of production no matter how you look at it. If he can make the transition to the NFL level he just might work out. He's got good speed and if his return instincts are that good we might have found a gem but we'll see. Our return game is a big need this offseason.

SteelCityKid5
02-06-2009, 12:22 PM
Solid. I really didn't understand why we had Gary Russell and Moore back there on returns. They aren't really what you call fast. If this dude really runs a 4.34, I'd love to see him make the team. Seems like a fast little bastard.

Dean Denton
02-06-2009, 12:32 PM
Solid. I really didn't understand why we had Gary Russell and Moore back there on returns. They aren't really what you call fast. If this dude really runs a 4.34, I'd love to see him make the team. Seems like a fast little bastard.
I think it was because they have good hands. Not so much the speed. Hope the little guy works out. Sproles has shown what a little guy jumping out of peoples back pockets can do for your team.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-06-2009, 01:31 PM
Russel was back there mainly because we had nobody else that could do it. They tried Davis and Dookie back there earlier in the year and that was a disaster. Russel was not the fastest guy but he has sure hands and can break tackles. It wasn't best way to go about it but given our lack of a true KO returner Russel was the best option for us in 2008.

ItAintEasyBeingPeazy
02-06-2009, 01:44 PM
This reminds me of the Jeremy Bloom pick up last year..he's got the speed that's for sure but i'm not sure about finding a diamond in the rough here.Hope i'm wrong because we definately need some spark back there..that's for sure.
I wonder why they have never entertained the idea of Nate back there..he has the speed for it..or maybe he kept droppin the ball?..lol...:thinking:

scott0326
02-06-2009, 03:42 PM
Hopefully this guy is the kick returner the Steelers have been needing.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-06-2009, 04:25 PM
Hey......Even if this move is nothing but a training camp body.....I still like since there is a need for a kick returner and Logan will provide some competition in camp.....If Logan proves to be the kick returner this team needs then great and it didn't cost the team anything....I still would look to draft a return man......

igor0190
02-06-2009, 05:05 PM
Logan is from the BC Lions and he has scary cutting and change of direction ability. I don't think he would be much good for anything other than returning kicks and punts, so I'm not sure he would be worth a roster spot. But it beats putting Najeh Davenport as our kick returner. LOL

Callax
02-06-2009, 08:00 PM
I believe Nate wasn't back returning kicks or punts because his hands are ok, not above average or great. I hope Logan is not a great CFL player, who comes to play with the Big Dawgs and finds out he is "just ok" Like alot of players who were ok in the NFL and were super stars in the USFL: wr jim smith, former steeler, Cliff " s**t" stoudt, former steeler
Later DH

Captcoolhand
02-08-2009, 08:10 AM
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/02/07/steelers-go-north-for-another-rb/

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Lions+Steelers+steal+running+back+Stefan+Logan/1257767/story.html



Lions: Steelers steal running back Stefan Logan
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VANCOUVER — Toronto Argonauts, a team which finished 4-14 last season and missed the playoffs, have lost four players to the National Football League.
And Wally Buono, coach and the general manager of the 11-7 B.C. Lions, saw his third starter go out the door Thursday.

Do you think NFL teams are beginning to notice the CFL has talent? The latest Lion to start running down his NFL dream is running back Stefan Logan, who will sign a two-year contract with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers today. He joins defensive end Cameron

Wake and linebacker Jamall Johnson who earlier reached deals with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.

“For sure, I’ll be competing for a spot on specials teams as a kick and punt returner,” Logan told The Vancouver Sun from his home in Miami. “I’d like to think they can use me as a third-down back, too. The important thing is to get on the field, and do something when the ball is in my hands.”

“Joystick,” the nickname Lions players bestowed on Logan last season, has a habit of getting upfield so fast that he’s gone before it registers. “There are times when you don’t even have to block for him,” Lions left tackle Rob Murphy said in November.

“They can’t catch him. He’s special.”

Buono knows that, too. The loss of Logan’s sublime package of running skills is significant. Running back is usually one of the easiest positions to fill since there are hundreds of prospects coming out of U.S. colleges looking for a place to play. That said, Logan is unique.

Last season, Buono called him the CFL’s “most exciting player.”

It’s quite a statement — one that wouldn’t get an argument from anyone — and all the more remarkable because the 27-year-old rookie didn’t score a rushing touchdown last season. He picked up 889 yards on just 122 carries and caught 52 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns.

“Yes, when you look at running backs, that body type is not difficult to find,” Buono acknowledged. “When you look at the bowl games in college, there is a very good supply available. But guys like Stefan are more difficult to find. You rationalize his loss by saying to yourself, ‘There’s another one out there, and we’ve got to find him.’”
Logan said he worked out for the Steelers in mid-January. He had another tryout lined up with the Carolina Panthers and a third NFL team whose name he declined to disclose. But when the Steelers wanted him to sign, he cancelled his other arrangements and agreed to join Pittsburgh.

“It’s one of those deals you have to take and run with it. That’s what I’m going to do,” Logan said. “I hope all the fans of the B.C . Lions, the players, coaches and the people of Vancouver will hopefully have a great and successful season. I’ll be cheering for them. I hope they’ll be cheering for me.”

He didn’t receive a signing bonus, however, so the Steelers aren’t losing much by giving Logan a chance at training camp.

The Lions, who retain his CFL rights, could get him again on the rebound, if he’s released. They just don’t know.

“Yes, it’s disappoining to see a guy like Stefan go,” Buono said. “He was going to be a big part of what we did. But the point is, it’s hard to begrudge the guy his opportunity.”

Buono is hoping to continue contract discussions with offensive tackle Jason Jimenez, who was scheduled to be worked out Thursday in Tampa by the Buccaneers. While he isn’t expecting a fourth Lion to bolt to the NFL, Buono admits he’s prepared for anything.

“That’s what makes the job exciting — and tougher,” says the GM. “The excitement is in finding the next guy. Training camp is going to be a lot more exciting this year.”
Or anxious — if another Stefan Logan doesn’t appear on the horizon by the start of camp.
Good to see the Steelers are wasting no time preparing for next year!



Also,Former Marshall University center Doug Legursky has signed a two-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

lloydfan4life
02-08-2009, 08:30 AM
Good article. Thanks for posting Capt!
Looks like this kid could be something special on special teams.
Might have to try and find some youtube video of him.

Edit: Not much available on youtube. Found one clip.
He's definitely a tiny little fellow.
His stature reminds me of Darren Sproles.
Check him out. #26 (not the best video quality)

cUcADvFCjHE

MOTORKRAFT
02-08-2009, 08:37 AM
A much needed kick returner.:cope: If Mendenhall can't do his job, Russell needs to take it. Why do the Steelers have so much, and other teams have so little?:haha:

Captcoolhand
02-08-2009, 08:51 AM
Good article. Thanks for posting Capt!
Looks like this kid could be something special on special teams.
Might have to try and find some youtube video of him.

Edit: Not much available on youtube. Found one clip.
He's definitely a tiny little fellow.
His stature reminds me of Darren Sproles.
Check him out. #26 (not the best video quality)

cUcADvFCjHEI guess I could have told you to click on the link below....:D

lloydfan4life
02-08-2009, 08:58 AM
:duh: my bad.
I thought your links were to the article you posted.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Good kick returners always have speed and instincts. He's obviously got the speed now if he can carry over those instincts to the NFL level we could be set!

Roadkill
02-08-2009, 05:22 PM
you cant hit what you cant see 5'7 he can hide pretty good

SteelCurtain
02-08-2009, 10:28 PM
Yeah, he's a beast at returning kicks i've heard. So that's a +1 for our ST. He played for the B.C. Lions, not the Argonauts by the way.

STEELERJERSEY
02-10-2009, 08:35 PM
Logan Signs With Steelers



Former University of South Dakota running back Stefan Logan, left, signed a two-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. Logan spent the 2008 season with the BC Lions of the CFL, ranking fourth in the league in rushing. (P&D File Photo)
Former Coyote Inks Two-Year Deal With Super Bowl Champs
BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net
Published: Monday, February 9, 2009 11:59 PM CST
Sitting at his cousin’s house, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals face off in Super Bowl XLIII, Stefan Logan was more than just interested in the annual game.

For the 27-year-old University of South Dakota alum, he was watching his future team win its record sixth championship.

Monday, it was announced that the former Coyote — who spent last season in the Canadian Football League (CFL) — has signed a two-year contract with the Steelers.

In four years (2003-06) at USD, Logan put together one of the best careers in Division II history. He holds the Coyote career record for all-purpose yards (7,859) and rushing yards (5,958). He was also the only player in North Central Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards in four-straight seasons.

MAYBE HE'LL BE THAT KICKOFF RETURN MAN WE'VE VIRTUALLY BEEN WITHOUT FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. sOMEONE SAID THAT HE'S A POOR MANS SPROULES. I'LL TAKE ALL THE ALL-PURPOSE YRDS. HE CAN GET.