September 18, 2023

Riders sign DL Habakkuk Baldonado and DB William Poole III

University of Pittsburgh

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Global defensive lineman Habakkuk Baldonado and American defensive back William Poole III, the team announced on Monday.

Baldonado (six-foot-five, 260 pounds) signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft. The Italian defensive lineman suited up for three preseason games for the Giants tallying four tackles, a sack and a pass defended. Baldonado was the second-round selection of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2023 CFL Global Draft.

» Elks stay alive in playoff race with win over Riders
» Landry’s 5 takeaways from Week 15
» Sign up and watch CFL games on CFL+ in the U.S. and Internationally

Collegiately, the 24-year-old spent five collegiate seasons (2018-2022) at the University of Pittsburgh seeing action in 40 games. He recorded 99 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, two pass knockdowns, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one punt block.  In the 2021 season, Baldonado led the Panthers with nine sacks and earned Second-Team All-ACC Honours.

Poole III (six-foot, 190 pounds) played six collegiate seasons (2017-22) at the University of Georgia. In 33 games, the former Bulldog recorded 27 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, and four pass knockdowns. The Georgia native was part of the elite Bulldogs defence in 2021 that only allowed 9.5 points per game, by far the best mark in the country, and captured the 2021 CFP National Championship. Poole III finished with four tackles and two pass breakups in the championship game against the University of Alabama.

Saskatchewan is back in action on Friday, September 22, when they travel to Ottawa to face the REDBLACKS in Week 16.

The comment system on this website is now powered by the Forums. We'd love for you to be part of the conversation; click the Start Discussion button below to register an account and join the community!