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Tiger-Cats sign Chris Leak

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added another quarterback to their training camp roster on Tuesday, signing Chris Leak.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added another quarterback to their training camp roster on Tuesday, signing Chris Leak.

Leak was quarterback at the University of Florida, earning offensive most valuable player honours as the team stunned Ohio State 41-14 in January 2007 to win the U.S. collegiate title.

Leak went undrafted in the NFL despite his title game heroics. Leak measured at a shade under six feet at the scouting combine, on the short side for a quarterback. As well, Leak did not want to convert to another position.

The 23-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears but was unable to latch on with them or the Kansas City Chiefs, who he tried out for later in the 2007 season.

"We consider Chris to be a great CFL quarterback prospect," said Hamilton general manager Bob O’Billovich. "We believe that Chris’ style of play is suited for this league. He’s accomplished some great things in his career and we’re excited to see what he can do for the Ticats."

Leak completed 25 of 36 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown in the title game win over the Buckeyes. He threw for 895 completions and 11,213 yards for the Gators, both school records.

Hamilton now has five quarterbacks in camp:

  • Starter Casey Printers.
  • Richie Williams and Timmy Chang, returnees from last year.
  • Quinton Porter, a former Boston College pivot who signed with the Ticats in May.