Esks sign a Jr. and an ex-junior

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Don't feed Danny Maciocia any sort of line about signing Dan Bass Jr. because of his father's tie to the Edmonton Eskimos.

The son of Dan Bass - the former Eskimo linebacker and CFL Hall of Famer - inked an entry level contract yesterday.

"I really don't care about that," said head coach Maciocia, when told some people might spout-off about the Esks signing the U of A product for family reasons.

The Esks also signed local product Andrew King yesterday. Both are non-import linebackers and bring tools Maciocia says he is searching for.

"(They're) two kids that have played football at a high level," said the coach. "And physically, they are going to bring it every single play and they just happen to live in Edmonton."

Recording 58 tackles in seven games for the U of A last year, Bass was a first-team All-Canadian at the CIS level.

The 23-year-old Edmonton native also recorded three pass break-ups and a forced fumble for the Golden Bears in 2007.

As for King, he was having trouble digesting his new contract with the Eskimos yesterday afternoon.

"It's amazing. I still can't believe it," said King.

Born in Yellowknife but raised in Edmonton, King played four seasons (2002-05) with the junior Edmonton Wildcats before becoming a starting middle linebacker at Saint Mary's in Halifax.

Recording 15 solo tackles in eight games last season, the 24-year-old was also on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats radar screen.

Both CIS products will have to earn a spot on the Esks' 42-man playing roster or on the practice roster by excelling at special teams during training camp next month.

FINISH LINES: The Tiger-Cats have secured the CFL rights to the Edmonton Wildcats' record-setting running back Tristan Jones.


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