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BC Lions release DL Woody Baron, DB Quincy Mauger, and RB Vance McShane

The BC Lions announced on Friday the release of 3 American players. They have released defensive lineman Woody Baron, defensive back Quincy Mauger, and running back Vance McShane.

DL Woody Baron – Virginia Tech (30 y/o, 6’1, 270 lbs)

Woody Baron joined the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes where he played from 2018 to 2021. He played for the BC Lions in 2022 and 2023. Over the past 2 seasons with the Lions, he has played in 23 regular season games contributing 19 tackles and 9 sacks. He had 8 sacks over 17 games this past season.

Baron has primarily lined up at defensive or nose tackle for the Lions although he had 2 games this past season in which he was listed as defensive end.

Baron played in both of the Lions’ playoff games this past postseason and made 2 tackles and a sack. He also generated 6 QB hurries and a run stop.

Baron has played in 73 CFL regular season games over which time he has accumulated 99 tackles, 20 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

Baron played for Virginia Tech from 2013 to 2016 appearing in 51 games and contributing 57 solo tackles, 40 assisted tackles, and 9 sacks. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2017 although he was released at the end of training camp.

Had Baron still been on the Lions on February 14 he would have been due a $30,000 offseason bonus. His contract was expected to be around $150,000 for the 2024 season.

Baron was named to Pro Football Focus’ Second Team CFL-All Star. He was also named to PFF’s team of the week 6 times this past season. He was also named to the CFL’s West Division All-Star Team. Among all defensive linemen, Baron had the third-highest pass-rush grade from PFF.

DB Quincy Mauger – Georgia (28 y/o, 6’0, 206 lbs)

Quincy Mauger joined the CFL in 2022 with BC. He has since appeared in 26 regular season games contributing 66 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble. Mauger was consistently one of the best safeties in the CFL this past season. 

Mauger started in the first 7 games of the 2022 season at safety before he would miss 9 of the next 1 games due to injury. In 2023 he played in every game for BC. Over the regular season, he started in 14 games at safety, had 3 starts at strong-side linebacker, and 1 game in which he was listed as the second-string strong-side linebacker.

He was listed as a second-string strong-side linebacker in both of BC’s playoff games and made 3 tackles over the playoffs.

Mauger was named to Pro Football Focus’ Second Team CFL All-Star. He was named to PFF’s team of the week 3 times this past season. Among all defensive backs, he had the 7th highest coverage grade from PFF.

Mauger played in 50 games for Georgia from 2013 to 2016 contributing 129 solo tackles, 58 assisted tackles, 12 passes defended, 7 interceptions, a forced fumble, and half a sack. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and was a member briefly with the Oakland Raiders in 2018. He played in the Alliance of American Football with the Atlanta Legends in 2019. He played in The Spring League in 2021.

RB Vance McShane – Northern Iowa (25 y/o, 5’6, 190 lbs)

Vance McShane signed with the Lions late last season in September and spent the remainder of the season on the practice roster. 

McShane played 20 games for Northern Iowa rushing 189 times for 1,041 yards (5.5 average) and 8 touchdowns. In his final season, he rushed 128 times for 711 yards (5.6 average) and 3 touchdowns over 11 games. He was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll in 2022.

McShane played for Saint Xavier from 2018 to 2020. He rushed 480 times for 2,516 yards and 23 touchdowns with the program. He also added 70 receptions for 468 yards and 4 touchdowns with Saint Xavier.

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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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