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BC Lions CFL Free Agency Day 1: Sign QB Dakota Prukop, WR Jake Harty, DE Pete Robertson

The BC Lions made 2 signings Tuesday which was the opening day of CFL free agency. The Lions have signed American quarterback Dakota Prukop, Canadian wide receiver Jake Harty, and American defensive end Pete Robertson.

QB Dakota Prukop – Oregon (30 y/o, 6’1, 212 lbs)

Dakota Prukop played in 27 regular season games with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers over the past 2 seasons. With Winnipeg, he served as their short-yardage specialist rushing for 397 yards and 13 touchdowns on 111 rushes. He also completed 11 of his 22 passes for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns over that span.

Prukop was notably effective in short-yardage plays against Montreal in the Grey Cup as he consistently gained considerably more yards than what were needed to pick up the first down. He had 5 first downs rushing in shortage scenarios in the Grey Cup picking up an additional 16 yards beyond the sticks. On his first down carries he averaged picking up 3.2 more yards than needed in the Grey Cup in addition to scoring 2 touchdowns.

Prukop played for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 2023 before returning to Winnipeg. With the Generals he completed 31 of his 50 passes for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He added 97 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Out of the 3 Generals quarterbacks to start a game that season, Prukop had the highest touchdown touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Prukop played for the Edmonton Elks in 2021. From 2017 to 2019 he played for the Toronto Argonauts. Over his CFL career, he has played in 76 games completing 47 of his 78 passes for 676 yards and 6 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. He has rushed 149 times for 570 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Prukop played for Montana State from 2013 to 2015 where he completed 387 of his 607 passes (63.8%) for 5,584 yards and 46 touchdowns with 16 interceptions over 22 games. He added 1,763 rushing yards over 328 rushes (5.38 average) and 24 rushing touchdowns.

He played his final year of collegiate ball at Oregon in 2016 where he played in 6 games with 5 starts. At Oregon, he completed 94 of his 143 passes (65.7%) for 1,214 yards and 8 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. He rushed 54 times for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns.

WR Jake Harty – Calgary (33 y/o, 6’2, 210 lbs)

Jake Harty joined the CFL with the Ottawa RedBlacks after being drafted 10th overall in the 2015 CFL Draft. He played for Ottawa in 2016 and 2017. He was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2019 to 2022 and was most recently with the Montreal Alouettes this past season. Harty has played in 59 CFL regular season games recording 52 receptions for 414 yards and a touchdown.

Harty played for the Calgary Dinos in college after 2 years of CJFL ball with the Calgary Colts. He set a program record with the Dinos in 2012 for most receptions in a single game when he made 15 receptions in the 2012 Hardy Cup victory. He recorded 12 receptions for 124 yards in the Vanier Cup loss to Laval that season.

Harty made a positive impact in the Grey Cup victory for Montreal as he made several key blocks. He made blocks in the backfield such as on a 23-yard pass to Tyler Snead as well as a 31-yard pass to Austin Mack. Harty recorded 3 receptions for 31 yards over the past playoffs with Montreal including a 14-yard touchdown against Hamilton in the Eastern Semi-Finals.

DE Pete Robertson – Texas Tech (31 y/o, 6’2, 243 lbs)

Pete Robertson joined the CFL in 2021 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Over the past 3 seasons, he has played in 42 CFL regular season games contributing 86 tackles, 21 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and an interception.

He played for Texas Tech from 2011 to 2015 appearing in 40 games. He contributed 125 solo tackles, 77 assisted tackles, 33 tackles for a loss, 18.5 sacks, 8 passes defended, 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions with the program.

Robertson signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and was waived amid final roster cuts. He spent time with the Washington Redskins from 2017 to 2018 and the Arizona Cardinals from 2018 to 2019. He played in 6 total NFL games contributing 2 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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