Two more undrafted, fifth-year Canucks signed

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

So you're a college football player who's been ignored in the CFL draft?

No problem -- just play one more season and call the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Bombers yesterday continued a trend of signing undrafted, fifth-year players by announcing the additions of Canadians Jeff Keegan, a receiver, and linebacker Brad Newman.

Keegan is a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder out of the University of Guelph who first caught Winnipeg's eye at the college evaluation camp a year ago.

After passing through the '06 draft, Keegan went back to Guelph, where he caught 48 passes for 757 yards and was named a second-team all-star in the Ontario conference.

"He's got nice size," Bomber GM Brendan Taman said. "He's one of those long-striding kind of guys. Nice hands. Very productive."

Keegan was actually raised in Portage la Prairie, but moved out east when he was young.

GOOD MOBILITY

Newman, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder said to have good mobility, led the UBC Thunderbirds with 51 tackles last season, after going undrafted last spring.

"Anybody can sneak through the cracks," the 25-year-old Newman told the Sun. "I'm ecstatic. My goal is to earn a roster spot."

Several undrafted Canadians have cracked the Bombers roster in recent years, including receiver Jamie Stoddard, safety Ian Logan and special teamer Graeme Bell.

"We've got that knock of trading draft picks," Taman said. "So we try to get creative in signing guys."


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