Tiger-Cats Increase Canadian Content
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has added six Canadian players including running back Bo Palmer, a 2012 draft pick. Joining Palmer on the Ticats roster are linebacker Jonathan Beaulieu-Richard, linebacker Phillippe Dubuisson-Lebon, defensive back Harold Mutobola, offensive lineman Landon Rice, and linebacker Jordan Verdone.
Palmer, selected by the Ticats in the fifth round (33rd overall) of the 2012 CFL Draft, recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his final two years at Simon Fraser including a school single-season record of 1,219 rushing yards in 2011. He was named a first-team GNAC all-star in 2011 and second-team in 2012 while registering a combined 2,347 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.
Beaulieu-Richard played five seasons with the University of Montreal Carabins, earning RESQ all-star recognition twice. He set a school record by registering 68.5 tackles in 2011.
Dubuisson-Lebon spent time on the Ticats practice roster last season after finishing his CIS career at Sherbrooke. He made 30.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks in two seasons with the Vert et Or.
Mutobola was named a first-team OUA All-Star with Western in 2012 after making 21 defensive tackles and one interception. In five seasons, he compiled 58.5 defensive tackles, two quarterback sacks.
Rice, a 6-6, 315-pound native of Brandon, Manitoba, spent five seasons on the offensive line at the University of Manitoba. He served as a team captain in 2011 and 2012.
Verdone played two seasons at the University of Calgary following his transfer from Waterloo. The 2008 CIS Rookie of the Year would go on to make 141.5 tackles, six quarterback sacks and three interceptions over the course of his CIS career. Verdone attended training camp with the BC Lions in 2012 after they selected him in the fifth round (37th overall).