Hood released -- lookin' to get more schooling

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Jonathan Hood has left the CFL - for now.

The Edmonton Eskimos released the rookie non-import defensive back late last week.

But there is a chance Hood could resurface with the Esks at training camp next year.

"We told him what he needed to work on," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

Drafted in the fourth round (26th overall) in this spring's draft, Hood was stuck on Edmonton's practice roster.

Not dressing for a single regular-season game in the first seven weeks of the season, he was buried on the secondary depth chart.

Being released actually allows Hood to resume playing in meaningful football games.

The 22-year-old is close to joining another Canadian university.

"It is actually a good situation for him because he is going to do his master's at school," said Eskimos receiver Dante Luciani, one of Hood's close friends.

According to Luciani, Hood will study psychology for his master's - and he's deciding which university to attend.

A graduate of St. Francis Xavier, Hood actually has a fifth year of CIS eligibility remaining - meaning he could play football this fall.

"He is eligible (for this fall) as long as he is in a post-graduate program," said Luciani.

FINISH LINES: The Eskimos are pursuing at least one - possibly two - players to join the team very soon, Sun Media has learned.

There could be a new recruit on the practice field this afternoon, providing a contract is officially signed.

Edmonton needs depth on the defensive line and in the secondary.

The release of Hood means Edmonton has just four players on the practice roster. The team is allowed seven players.


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