May 23, 2013

Riders acquire McElveen, release Jackson, Alford Staff

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders addressed a need today, acquiring DL Jermaine McElveen from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for import receiver Lyle Leong Jr.

McElveen will be entering his sixth CFL season as he joins the Riders for the 2013 season. The University of Alabama-Birmingham product spent the 2012 season with the Hamilton Tiger Cats where he appeared in 15 regular season games totaling 31 defensive tackles and led the team with six quarterback sacks.

Prior to joining Hamilton, the 28-year-old spent four seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. In 68 career CFL regular season games he has totaled 109 defensive tackles and 24 quarterback sacks.

McElveen is a two time Grey Cup champion having won with the Als in 2009 and 2010.   

Leong Jr., meanwhile, was set to enter his first CFL season after signing with the Riders in January, 2013.   

In four seasons at Texas Tech, he caught 152 passes for 1,877 yards and 32 touchdowns – the second-most TDs in school history and the fifth-most in Big 12 history.  In 2010, Leong led the Red Raiders with 74 receptions, 926 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Also Thursday, the Roughriders released import defensive back Tristan Jackson and import defensive lineman Jay Alford.

Jackson spent two seasons with the Roughriders, playing as both a defensive back and a kick returner. In 2012, the Beaumont, MS native registered 20 tackles and interception on the defensive side of the ball and was sixth in the league in combined return yards with 1,364.

His highlight moment of the year arrived in Week 3 against the Lions when he returned a missed Paul McCallum field goal attempt 129 yards for a touchdown.

Alford leaves Saskatchewan after just one season that saw collect 11 tackles and two sacks.

The Ticats also announced that import receiver Aaron Kelly has been relased.