Cats Add Karikari, Six Others
Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has signed non-import safety Richard Karikari, non-import long snapper Matt Robichaud, non-import defensive lineman Phil Gibson, non-import defensive lineman Jeff Robertshaw, import defensive back Ryan Glasper, import defensive back Montavis Pitts and import kicker Mark Myers.
Karikari, a 5-11, 200-pound safety was named a CFL All-Star in 2005. In four seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, the 27-year-old native of Ghana has recorded 92 defensive tackles, 13 interceptions and one quarterback sack in 66 games. Prior to turning pro, Karikari starred at St. Francis Xavier where he was a runner-up for the Hec Creighton award as the top CIS football player, was named the AUS Most Outstanding Player and was also named a CIS All-Canadian. Karikari was selected in the second round (12th overall) of the 2003 CFL Canadian Draft.
“Richard is a former all-star who gives us a lot of flexibility in our secondary and becomes yet another tremendous addition to our Canadian talent,” said general manager Marcel Desjardins.
Robichaud enters his seventh CFL season and his fifth with the Ticats. The 5-10, 235-pound Bishop’s product played 18 games with the Black and Gold last season as the team’s long snapper.
Gibson joins the Cats with three seasons of CFL experience under his belt. In 31 career games, the Toledo product recorded 17 defensive tackles, one quarterback sack and three tackles for losses.
Robertshaw, a 24-year-old native of Hamilton played five seasons (2002-06) with the McMaster. In 24 career games he made 39.5 total tackles (31 solo) and 22.5 quarterback sacks. The 6-2, 258-pound defensive lineman was both a first team CIS All-Canadian and first team OUA All-Star in 2004.
Glasper, a 5-11, 215-pound native of Southington, Connecticut played four seasons with Boston College where he started 29 of 45 career games, making 177 total tackles including five for 20 yards in losses and one quarterback sack.
Pitts, a 6-1, 197-pound native of Loachapoka, Alabama played 11 games with Jacksonville State last season, recording 31 total tackles (26 solo), 1.5 tackles for losses and one fumble return. Pitts spent the first three seasons of his collegiate career at Auburn, where he started 13 of 37 games.
Myers, played three games for the Ticats last season, connecting on five of six field goal attempts including a 44-yard game-winning kick in Week 5 versus the Calgary Stampeders. Myers re-wrote the record book during his four seasons at Florida Atlantic University, connecting on 43 of 59 attempted field goals and recording 231 points.
About the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a member of the Canadian Football League (CFL) with a rich 138-year history, which includes 42 Canadian Football Hall of Famers and 15 Grey Cup Championships. For more information log onto www.ticats.ca
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