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Winnipeg Blue Bombers Agree To Terms With Canadian RB Johnny Augustine

WINNIPEG, MB.– The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Canadian running back Johnny Augustine, a month before he was set to become a free agent.

Augustine is a five-foot-nine running back out of the University of Guelph where he played five seasons, rushing for 2,742 yards and 28 touchdowns on 483 career rushes. In his senior year, Augustine rushed for 690 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 carries.

At the conclusion of his amateur career, Augustine declared for the 2017 CFL Draft with the exception to be drafted early. He would go undrafted and sign deals with Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders but would be released before the 2018 training camp.

In May of 2018, Augustine signed a deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Began the season on the practice roster for the first two games, but proved to be a valuable contributor by the end of the season.

“These last few days before signing has been a little stressful, I’m not going to lie. But it was a good stress. I knew this time around there were more opportunities (in free agency) compared to other years. There were a lot of factors I had to consider before finalizing things.

“But when I did my Xs and Os on this it came down to the fact that I’ve been here the last three-four years and what we have is special. I love Coach O’Shea and the locker room so much… it would have just been so hard for me to leave. I’m just grateful right now to be back and at the end of the day this is where I wanted to be.”

In his threes years in blue and gold, Augustine appeared in 39 games where he logged 578 rushing yards on 85 carries scoring one touchdown and averaging nearly seven yards per carry. 

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LaMark Wylie Jr. Reporter
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