Corey Mace
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Mace with the Argonauts in 2023
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1985-12-22) December 22, 1985 (age 38)
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:294 lb (133 kg)
Career information
High school:Port Moody (BC)
College:Palomar College (2004)
Wyoming (2005-2006)
CFL Draft:2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 11
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:7
Tackles:2
Interceptions:1
Sacks:0
Career CFL statistics
Games played:40
Def. tackles:44
Interceptions:0
Sacks:4
Touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Corey Mace (born December 22, 1985) is the head coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and is a former professional gridiron football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Wyoming.

College career

Mace played college football at Palomar College before transferring to the University of Wyoming.

Professional career

2007 CFL Draft

Mace was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the second round of the 2007 CFL Draft. Mace signed with the NFL's Buffalo Bills just before draft day.[1][2]

Buffalo Bills

Mace signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He spent two seasons with the team, appearing in three games in 2008 and recording one tackle. He was not tendered a contract offer as an exclusive-rights free agent in the 2009 offseason.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats acquired Mace's CFL rights (from the Blue Bombers) along with a 2009 CFL Draft first round pick in exchange for linebacker Zeke Moreno in the 2008 CFL season.[3] Mace and the Tiger-Cats got into a contract dispute following the 2009 season. Mace wanted to receive a contract of one-year plus an option year that would enable him to explore NFL options in 2010 with a salary comparable to that of an NFL practice roster player of $95,000. The Tiger-Cats were said to be offering closer to the $65,000 normally offered to second-round draft choices.[4]

Toronto Argonauts

Mace's rights were acquired by the Toronto Argonauts, along with a 2010 third-round pick and a conditional pick in 2011 for disgruntled receiver Arland Bruce III.[5]

Buffalo Bills (II)

Mace was re-signed by the Buffalo Bills on July 31, 2009. He was waived on September 5 was re-signed to the practice squad the next day. He was signed off the practice squad to the active roster on November 28. He appeared in 2 games and recorded one tackle and one interception, which was returned for 0 yards. On December 7, he was waived by the Bills and added to the practice squad on December 10.

Calgary Stampeders

Mace's CFL rights were traded by the Toronto Argonauts on August 22, 2010, in exchange for non-import linebacker Tristan Black.[6] After the Argonauts traded Mace's rights to the Stampeders, he signed a contract on Aug 29, 2010 to join the Stampeders for the remainder of the 2010 CFL season.[7] Despite being drafted by the Blue Bombers having playing experience with the Bills, Mace did not receive any CFL playing time until the 2010 CFL season. Mace appeared in eight games for the Stamps during the 2010 season. He recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown in Calgary’s October 17 victory in Saskatchewan.[8]

In Week 1 of the 2011 CFL season, Mace suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon which caused him to miss the remainder of the season.[9]

Mace played a more significant role in the 2012 CFL season. He started all 21 regular-season and post-season games, recording 25 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 1 sack, and catching a one-yard touchdown pass in an Oct. 26 game against B.C.[10] During the post-season, Mace recorded three defensive tackles and one sack.[10] In December 2012, he signed a contract extension.[10]

Mace suffered a torn shoulder labrum in Week 1 of the 2013 CFL season which caused him to undergo season-ending surgery.[11]

Mace made 12 starts during the 2014 CFL season, missing 6 games with injuries.[9] Statistically, he had 11 tackles, a sack and a 10-yard fumble recovery that set up a touchdown.[9] He played in both of the Stamps post-season games, knocking a pass down in the West Division Final,[9] and recording a sack in Calgary’s win in the 102nd Grey Cup.[12]

Following the 2014 season, Mace and the Stampeders agreed to terms of a new contract, preventing him from becoming a free-agent.[13] He was the recipient of the Presidents' Ring, a team award presented annually for performance on and off the field.[9] His community initiatives have included starting a holiday turkey and ham drive for food banks and charitable groups, and launching Mace's Faces, which allows 15 at-risk youth to attend every Stampeder home game.[9]

Mace did not play a single game in 2015 after fracturing his foot in the preseason.[14]

After the 2015 season, Mace retired from playing professional football.[14] In the CFL, he appeared in 40 regular-season and 6 post-season games, and recorded 44 tackles and 4 sacks.[12]

Coaching career

Calgary Stampeders

On December 10, 2015, following his retirement, he was announced as the Calgary Stampeders' defensive line coach, replacing his former teammate and coach Devone Claybrooks who stepped into the role of Stampeders defensive coordinator.[12] He won his first Grey Cup as a coach when the Stampeders won the 106th Grey Cup over the Ottawa Redblacks.[15] Mace served as Calgary’s Defensive Line Coach from 2016-2021.[15]

Toronto Argonauts

On January 6, 2022, it was announced that Mace had joined the Toronto Argonauts as the team's defensive coordinator.[15] In his first season as a defensive coordinator, he won the Grey Cup following the team's victory in he 109th Grey Cup game. On November 29, 2022, it was reported by TSN insider Farhan Lalji that Mace was one of three finalists for the vacant Ottawa Redblacks head coaching job.[16] However, he remained with the Argonauts for the 2023 season and later agreed to a contract extension on October 13, 2023.[17]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On November 29, 2023, TSN reported that Mace had been named as the new head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Roughriders officially announced him as the team's 48th head coach in club history on November 30, 2023.[18]

References

  1. ^ Lefko, Perry (May 1, 2007). "Mace is young and hungry". CFL.ca. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "Mace signs with NFL's Buffalo Bills". CFL.ca. May 1, 2007. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "Bombs Away: Zeke Moreno dealt to Winnipeg". CFL.ca. September 9, 2008. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "Report: DL Mace not happy with Tiger-Cats offer". TSN.ca. June 9, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
  5. ^ "Tiger-Cats Acquire Arland Bruce III". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. July 29, 2009.
  6. ^ "Argonauts deal Mace to Calgary". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. August 21, 2010.
  7. ^ "Stampeders add defensive muscle with Corey Mace". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. August 29, 2010.
  8. ^ ""I knew it was meant to be": Saskatchewan's the place for Corey Mace". Saskatchewan Roughriders. December 1, 2023. Retrieved December 2, 2023.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Spencer, Donna (March 17, 2015). "Calgary Stampeders' Corey Mace earns Presidents Ring". Toronto. Retrieved December 2, 2023.
  10. ^ a b c "Stampeders sign Mace to contract extension – Sportsnet.ca". www.sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 2, 2023.
  11. ^ Canoe-Slam Sports[usurped] "torn shoulder labrum"
  12. ^ a b c "Stampeders finalize coaching staff".
  13. ^ "A familiar Mace: Veteran DL extends with Stamps". Canadian Football League. January 21, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Former Stampeder players Claybrooks and Mace headline 2016 coaching staff | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved December 2, 2023.
  15. ^ a b c "Argos hire Corey Mace as Defensive Coordinator". Toronto Argonauts. January 6, 2022.
  16. ^ TSN ca Staff (November 29, 2022). "Ottawa Redblacks head coaching candidates list down to three". TSN. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  17. ^ "Double blue extend contract of defensive coordinator Corey Mace". Toronto Argonauts. October 13, 2023.
  18. ^ "Roughriders Name Three-time Grey Cup Champion Corey Mace Head Coach". Saskatchewan Roughriders. November 30, 2023.