Monday, March 15, 2010

CFL News

Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has acquired import defensive back Jerome Dennis from the B.C. Lions in exchange for import linebacker Dennis Haley.

“We’re pleased to add Jerome’s speed and physical style of play to our team,” said General Manager Bob O’Billovich. “He’s a skilled special teams player who will have the opportunity to earn a starting spot in our secondary.”

Dennis, a 6-1, 190-pound native of Carson, California made 26 defensive tackles, 28 special teams tackles, one quarterback sack and two fumble recoveries in 43 regular season games over the course of three years (2007-09) with the Lions. He signed with the Lions as a free agent in May of 2007 after a stint with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

Before turning pro, Dennis played four seasons at Utah State, where he racked up 95 tackles (66 solo) and two interceptions while returning 37 kickoffs for 921 yards (24.9 avg).
Vanier Cup MVP Joins Argos

MISSISSAUGA – When Argonauts head coach Jim Barker and his staff see something they like, they waste no time in getting it. Immediately following the 2010 CFL Evaluation Camp in Toronto this weekend, the Boatmen set their sights on former Queen’s quarterback Danny Brannagan of Burlington, Ontario and signed him through the 2012 season.
Commented Barker, “We are thrilled to welcome Danny to the Toronto Argonauts. Danny comes from the Pat Sheahan offensive system which is similar to what we do. Based on his success in this offence and his proven leadership, we used the opportunity presented at the CFL Evaluation Camp to see him in action to determine both on the field and in our interview if he possesses the specific skills we were looking for. We believe he does and he is a special individual who brings a lot to the table. He can make all the throws and he understands the Canadian game and how to read defences. We are excited to watch Danny compete with the other quarterbacks we have signed.”

In 2009, Brannagan led the Queen’s Gaels to their first Vanier Cup Championship since 1992, earning Vanier Cup MVP and Yates Cup MVP honours along the way. In a prolific 5 season career at Queen’s, Brannagan passed former Argo Tommy Denison as the leading passer in Gaels history as he commanded a potent offence with a 62.14% completion rate in 2009 and led the nation in TD passes in 2008 with 24, earning him OUA First Team All-Star accolades.

Brannagan remarked, “I’m very excited about this opportunity. I’m fortunate to have had a successful university career and realize that not a lot of people get to compete at the next level. The Argos have a great and storied football program that I’ve followed growing up. I was lucky to meet several members of the coaching staff at the CFL Evaluation Camp and I was very impressed with them. I look forward to going out there and competing for a spot on the team.”

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