In a recent update from the team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the acquisition of American running back Jerrion Ealy. The five-foot-eight, 189-pound athlete joins the Roughriders bolstering their backfield.
Ealy’s journey to the CFL began as an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2022 NFL Draft. Although he predominantly remained on the practice roster, he was part of the team’s Super Bowl LVII win. Ealy’s time with the Chiefs included participation in their 2023 training camp.
Coming from a strong collegiate background, Ealy played for Ole Miss from 2019 to 2021, participating in 33 games. During his tenure with the Rebels, the 23-year-old tallied significant statistics, including 2,235 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns from 384 carries. His receiving game was equally solid, with 67 receptions totaling 545 yards and an additional four touchdowns. Ealy’s versatility was showcased through his special teams contributions as well, with 34 kick returns for 864 yards and two scores.
Ealy’s freshman year was notably successful, earning him a spot on the 2019 SEC All-Freshman team, following a 722 yard and six-touchdown performance. His impressive skill set was further recognized with a Second-Team All-SEC Honor in 2020. Recognition for his adaptability and prowess continued with two consecutive nominations for both the Paul Hornung Award (2020-2021), highlighting his versatility on the field, and the Doak Walker Award (2020-2021), acknowledging his capabilities as a running back.
The signing of Ealy presents the Roughriders with an athlete whose collegiate achievements suggest a high potential for impact in the Canadian Football League. As the team looks ahead, the new member is poised to contribute to their offensive strategies in the upcoming season.
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