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Purifoy signs two-year contract extension with Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Riders announced Wednesday that veteran defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Green and White through the 2021 CFL season.

Purifoy, 26, was one of approximately 30 Riders eligible to file for free agency on Feb. 11. He’s also the first of the team’s pending free agents to re-sign.

Purifoy contributed defensively and on special teams in 2019. He had 40 defensive tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He led the CFL in kickoff return yardage (1,201) while scoring a touchdown on 49 returns. He also chipped in six special-teams tackles.

Purifoy initially signed with the Riders on Aug. 7, 2018, the day after being released by the Ottawa Redblacks. He dressed for 10 regular-season games and the West Division semifinal that season. During the 2018 regular season, Purifoy had 27 defensive tackles and four interceptions.

Through five CFL seasons with the B.C. Lions (2016-2017), Redblacks (2018) and Roughriders, Purifoy recorded 188 defensive tackles, 18 special-teams tackles, 11 interceptions, seven sacks, six forced fumbles and one touchdown in 71 regular-season games.

SHINING STARS

The Riders had five players name to the CFL all-star team on Wednesday, including quarterback Cody Fajardo.

The other Riders earning all-star nods were receiver Shaq Evans, centre Dan Clark, defensive end Charleston Hughes and cover linebacker Derrick Moncrief.

Evans, Clark, Hughes and Moncrief are all pending free agents. Fajardo, who led the CFL in passing yards (4,302) while throwing for 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions and rushing for 10 majors in his first season as a starter, is signed through the 2021 season.

Fajardo was the West Division’s nominee for the most outstanding player award.

Evans led the Riders in receiving yards (1,334), the CFL in average yards per catch (18.6) and receptions of more than 30 yards (15). He also had 72 receptions and five touchdowns.

Clark, in his eighth season with the Riders, anchored an offensive line that allowed 37 sacks. He was the only member of the offensive line to start at all 18 regular-season games.

Hughes, 35, led the CFL with 16 sacks, while recording 50 defensive tackles. He forced four fumbles and returned one his two fumble recoveries for a touchdown. It’s the seventh time that Hughes has been named a CFL all-star.

Moncrief recorded career-high 69 defensive tackles, four special-teams tackles, three interceptions, four sacks, and one forced fumble en route to earning his first CFL all-star award.

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Source: montrealgazette.com




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