Ottawa REDBLACKS sign 3 Players

The Ottawa REDBLACKS signed the first players in the team history. The terms of contract agreements are not disclosed. The team signed the following players (lists position, name, height, weight, college and hometown):

  • Wide receiver Fred Rouse, 6-4, 200, Concordia Selma (Tallahassee, Florida). Rouse began his collegiate career with Florida State in 2005 and started in the 2006 Orange Bowl for the Seminoles against Penn State. He transferred to the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) before completing his collegiate career with Concordia-Selma in Alabama. He has CFL experience on practice rosters with the Calgary Stampeders and has also played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
  • Defensive back / safety Nick Turnbull, 6-2, 222, Florida International (Miami). Turnbull’s final year of college football was in 2005 with Florida International where he led the defence, starting every game at free safety and cornerback. He had 16 career interceptions at Florida International. In 2006, Turnbull played one regular-season game for the Chicago Bears and two games for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Defensive end DiMetrio Tyson, 6-2, 275, Jacksonville State (Elba, Alabama). Tyson started 11 games on the Gamecocks’ defensive line in 2012, recording 29 tackles and three sacks. He was named an All-Ohio Valley Conference first-team all-star on defence. His most recent professional experience was with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.

The REDBLACKS’ will continue to assemble the pre-season roster, with the CFL Expansion Draft on December 16. The team will select 24 players from the eight other CFL clubs, including eight import players and 16 non-imports.

The team will hold the first training camp during the spring of 2014. Dates and location of camp are to be determined.


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