Linebacker Deron Mayo, 25, who grew up in Hampton, has become a major contributor for the Calgary Stampeders (5-1), who are tied with Saskatchewan for first place in the Canadian Football League's West Division.
This season, his second in the CFL, the 5-foot-11, 221-pounder has made 15 tackles on scrimmage plays and two more on special teams.
As a rookie, he played in 17 regular-season games and was second on the Stampeders with 15 special-teams tackles. Mayo was on a coverage unit that helped Calgary lead the league in net punting and yielded a league low of two punt returns of 30 or more yards. From scrimmage, Mayo made nine tackles and knocked down one pass.
He started at middle linebacker in the West Division final and made four tackles in the Stampeders' 34-29 victory over the British Columbia Lions. After the season, he signed a contract extension whose length and terms were not released.
Mayo starred for Kecoughtan High, earning All-Peninsula District first-team and Daily Press All-Stars second-team honors as a senior linebacker, when he forced four fumbles and had 74 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and an interception. He played four years of basketball for the Warriors, and in track, he was part of the Daily Press All-Stars' second-team 400-meter relay just before he graduated in 2006.
Mayo began college at Hofstra, where he played three Colonial Athletic Association seasons. He redshirted in 2006, then made 18 tackles in '07 and 33 in '08. As a junior, he had 99 tackles, but the Pride discontinued football after that season.
He then transferred to Old Dominion, where he was a 2010 co-captain. He led the Monarchs with 6.5 sacks and had 70 tackles, as well as blocking two kicks, breaking up three passes and forcing three fumbles. His older brother Jerod starts at linebacker for the NFL's New England Patriots.
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