During the same week that the Tiger-Cats agreed to extend the veteran offensive lineman Brandon Revenberg’s contract, Hamilton re-signed two more offensive linemen for two-year contract extensions. Hamilton has announced that they have extended the contracts of American offensive lineman Brandon Kemp and National offensive lineman Jakub Szott. Both linemen bring a wealth of professional football experience back to the Tiger-Cats offensive line unit.
Jakub Szott is a 25-year-old, 6’4″, 299-pound offensive lineman from Toronto, Ontario. Since being drafted in the 2020 CFL draft by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 4th round, Szott has experience with several CFL teams. During the 2023 season, Szott started the season on the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s practice roster before being signed by Hamilton.
Before Saskatchewan, Szott appeared in 3 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022, 14 with the Ottawa Redblacks during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, and spent time with the Montreal Alouettes in 2022. Szott is a U Sports football product who played college football for McMaster for four seasons (2016 – 2019). While at McMaster, Szott played 37 games for the Marauders and was named second-team All-OUA in 2019.
Brandon Kemp is a 26-year-old, 6’7″, 310-pound offensive lineman from Atlanta, Georgia. Kemp has spent the last two seasons with the Tiger-Cats and played in 10 games for Hamilton during the 2023 season. During Week 12 of the 2023 season, Kemp was a CFL Honour Roll Nominee.
Before coming to Hamilton, Kemp spent time with multiple teams in the NFL. During the 2022 season, Kemp spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, and he also spent time with the Tennessee Titans from 2020 until 2022, after the Titans signed Kemp as an undrafted free agent. Kemp played 43 games at Valdosta State University over five seasons from 2015 until 2019, helping the Blazers win an NCAA Division II National Championship in 2018.
By re-signing Brandon Revenberg and now re-signing Kemp and Szott, the Tiger-Cats show they are committed to building a solid offensive line. That is good news for running back James Butler, who ran for over 1000 yards during the 2023 season. With a solid offensive line and an elite CFL back, the Tiger-Cats’ offence will be able to have a big season during the 2024 season.
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