Eskimos sign ex-Raven

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:19 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos have added depth to their backfield.

On Thursday, the club announced they signed import running back Cory Ross out of the University of Nebraska.

Ross, a Denver native, spent parts of two seasons for the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and 2007, playing in 10 games, while rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown.

The five-foot-six, 205-pound back spent the last two years with the Sacramento State Mountain Lions of the United Football League, earning offensive season MVP honours in 2010.

Previous to that, Ross, 29, rushed for 2,743 yards at Nebraska where he was a second team conference all-star in 2005.

“Cory is a runner with great patience and vision, but when he hits the hole, you see his quickness,” said Eskimos GM Eric Tillman. “He’s also a very good receiver. Cory’s success in the UFL was notable. That league’s overall talent is probably not appreciated in our country because of the lack of television exposure, but the UFL was full of former NFL players, including Daunte Culpepper, who was the starting quarterback for the Mountain Lions.”

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