August 5, 2014

Walker, DeMarco extended, Hill released by Ottawa Staff

OTTAWA — The Ottawa REDBLACKS announced today the extensions of six players, including tailback Chevon Walker and backup quarterback Thomas DeMarco, as well as the release of veteran linebacker TJ Hill.

Walker, along with DL Jonathan Williams and OL J’Micheal Deane were handed two-year extensions, while DeMarco, DL Justin Capicciotti, and DL Zack Evans were handed one-year extensions.

In five games this season, Walker has racked up 298 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 57 carries, good enough for fourth in the league. He’s also tacked on 147 receiving yards and a score on 13 receptions.

DeMarco, meanwhile, has impressed in limited action, completing eight of his 10 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown.

Capicciotti is currently ninth on the team in tackles with nine, and sits alongside Williams and Evans in a five-way tie for the team-lead in sacks with two.

Hill exits Ottawa after signing with the club in March. In five games, the seven-year veteran collected 21 tackles and a pair of sacks.

“I’d like to thank TJ for his contributions to the REDBLACKS. He’s a true professional and we wish him the best in his future endevours,” said REDBLACKS head coach Rick Campbell in a statement.

The REDBLACKS also added the following players to their practice roster:

•    international cornerback Chris L. Rucker (6-2, 200, Michigan State)
•    international safety Richard Spencer (6-2, 215, Texas-El Paso)
•    international cornerback Abdul Kanneh (5-10, 180, New Mexico Highlands)
•    international wide receiver Khalil Paden (6-2, 180, Northern Arizona)