Canadian running back and returner Shaquille Murray-Lawrence has agreed to return with the Lions, per sources.
B.C. released the 23-year-old after Week 1. He adds return ability and can handle running back duties too.
The five-foot-eight, 202-pounder played in 34 games over two seasons with the Leos, serving as the team’s primary kick return man in 2015 as a rookie. Murray-Lawrence has 56 kick-off returns for 1,216 yards (21.7 average) with a long of 66. The Scarborough, ON native saw time on offence, 37 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns and 11 catches for 49 yards.
He was drafted in the third round, 23rd overall by B.C. in the 2015 CFL draft. Murray-Lawrence ran a blazing 4.41 electronic 40-yard time at the CFL combine that same year.
In his final season at UNLV, Murray-Lawrence played in nine games played, rushed 117 times for 580 yards and nine touchdowns and added 16 catches for 156 yards.
“Shaq makes people miss in tight spaces — elusive and speedy, that’s him,” a CFL scout said. “He’s quick, fast and has an impressive burst. He can catch the ball and he’s got the whole package as a little guy.”