January 18, 2024

Riders sign Hickson to one-year extension; sign two on defence

Walter Tychnowicz/CFL.ca

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American running back Frankie Hickson to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. Hickson was set to become a free agent in February.

Hickson (five-foot-eight, 200 pounds) remains in Green and White for a third season, after two solid seasons as a Roughrider. Hickson enjoyed a strong debut in 2022, when he suited up for 13 games and made 85 carries for 533 yards, a 6.3 yards per carry average and one rushing touchdown.

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He also made 17 receptions for 109 yards and seven kickoff returns for 168 yards and a 24 yard average and was voted the Roughriders Most Outstanding Rookie. In 2023 he earned 157 yards on 35 carries, including a 77-yard effort again the Ottawa REDBLACKS in Week 16. He also tallied four receptions for 39 yards and five kickoff returns for 93 yards.

The Virginia native spent five collegiate seasons at Liberty University (2015-2019), playing in 47 games for the Flames. He earned 610 career carries for 2,898 yards and 30 touchdowns and became the first Liberty running back to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons in more than a decade. He finished his collegiate career as the program’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 4,494 and having earned Phil Steele’s Independent All-Conference First-Team honours as a senior.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced on Thursday that the team has signed American linebacker K.D. Davis and American defensive lineman Roman Lee Harrison.

Davis (6’0-230) joins the Roughriders after five seasons (2018-22) and 61 games played for the University of North Texas Mean Green. He made 428 career defensive tackles (fifth in UNT history), including 32 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, one interception, four pass deflections, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. As a senior, the Texas native was named the Conference USA (CUSA) Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-CUSA, CUSA Linebacker of the Year and a Fourth Team All-American. His 139 defensive tackles that year ranked first in CUSA, fifth nationally and was the second-best season total in UNT history. He was also named First-Team All-CUSA as a junior in 2021.

Harrison (6’2-235) recently completed five collegiate seasons at Tennessee (2019-2023) where he played 47 games as a member of the Volunteers, including 11 games as a freshman. He went on to register 108 career defensive tackles, including 17 for a loss, eight sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. He posted his best season in 2022, earning career highs in tackles (39), tackles for loss (seven), sacks (three) and quarterback hurries (five) and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a strong showing against Vanderbilt. The Georgia native also made three tackles and one tackle for loss in the Volunteers’ 2022 Capital One Orange Bowl victory over No. 7 Clemson. In his final season, Harrison was named to the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List.

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