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Canadian Football League teams unveiled 10 players from their negotiation lists Thursday, with two of the top NCAA quarterbacks highlighting the group of players.
Heisman Trophy hopefuls Jalen Hurts and Shea Patterson were among the 90 players unveiled Thursday, with Hurts on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ negotiation list and Patterson on the BC Lions’.
Hurts will follow the two previous Heisman winners in Kyler Murray (2018) and Baker Mayfield (2017) as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma after transferring from Alabama. He has the fourth best odds to win the Heisman via Bodog.
Patterson is the starting quarterback at Michigan, where the Wolverines have College Football Playoff aspirations. He has the 10th best odds via Bodog to win the Heisman.
There were a number of other current and former NCAA stars among the 90 players unveiled including Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), who played for the national champion Clemson Tigers last year, and Houston quarterback D’Eriq King (Saskatchewan Roughriders), who is listed by Bodog as a Top 20 Heisman candidate.
Quarterback Brett Rypien was unveiled as part of the Lions’ list after an impressive college career at Boise State. The Calgary Stampeders unveiled both Jake Browning, the 2016 PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year while at Washington, and former Penn State QB Trace McSorley, a three-time second-team All-Big 10 selection.
A number of NFL veterans were among the names unveiled as well, including quarterback Garrett Gilbert, running backs Knile Davis and Charcandrick West, and wide receiver Jaelon Strong.
While the college players won’t be available to sign in the CFL for at least a year, NFL training camp cuts are less than three weeks away – NFL teams must pare their rosters down to 53 players August 31 – which could lead to some negotiation list players becoming available. CFL general managers could be looking to strengthen their roster for the second half of the season come early September.
The 10 players unveiled on each CFL team’s negotiation list:
|Christian Campbell||DB||Penn State|
|Kyle Dugger||DB||Lenoir-Rhyne College|
|Koa Farmer||LB||Penn State|
|Nick Tiano||QB||Tennessee Chattanooga|
|Brett Rypien||QB||Boise State|
|Jamarius Way||WR||South Alabama|
|Manny Wilkins||QB||Arizona State|
|Case Cookus||QB||Northern Arizona|
|Dalyn Dawkins||RB||Colorado State|
|Jacob Pugh||LB||Florida State|
|Shane Zylstra||WR||Minnesota State - Mankato|
|Marcus McMaryion||QB||Fresno State|
|Trace McSorley||QB||Penn State|
|Jake Maier||QB||UC Davis|
|Scott Miller||WR||Bowling Green State|
|Jaelen Strong||WR||Arizona State|
|Tommylee Lewis||WR||Northern Illinois|
|Brandon Wilds||RB||South Carolina|
|Blaine Clausell||OL||Mississippi State|
|Picasso Nelson Jr||DB||Southern Miss|
|Sterling Shippy||DL||Alcorn State|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
|Alex Barrett||DE||San Diego State|
|Fred Brown||WR||Mississippi State|
|Jake Bentley||QB||South Carolina|
|Eric Barriere||QB||Eastern Washington|
|David Kenney||DE||Illinois State|
|David Rivers||CB||Youngstown State|
|Mike Bell||DB||Fresno State|
|Ryan Boyle||QB||Indiana State|
|Avery Gennesy||OL||Texas A&M|
|Donovon Glave||DL||Mount Allison|
|Sam Hartman||QB||Wake Forest|
|Jacob Knipp||QB||Northern Colorado|
|Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|Justin Johnson||WR||Mississippi State|
|Reshard Cliett||LB||South Florida|
|Luis Perez||QB||Texas A&M Commerce|
|Troymaine Pope||RB||Jacksonville State|
|Charcandrick West||RB||Abilene Christian|
|Luke Falk||QB||Washington St|
|Floyd Allen||WR||Ole Miss|
|Rashard Davis||WR||James Madison|
|Deonte Harris||WR||Assumption College|
|Keion Adams||LB||Western Michigan|
|BJ Blunt||LB||McNeese State|
|Michael Hunter||DB||Oklahoma State|
|Teo Redding||WR||Bowling Green|
|Karter Schult||DL||Northern Iowa|
|David Sills V||WR||West Virginia|
|Reggie White Jr.||WR||Monmouth|