National kicker Gabriel Ferraro released by Riders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released national kicker Gabriel Ferraro.

The 23-year-old played five games for the Riders filling in for Brett Lauther. He made 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 48 yards and 11-of-12 converts. Now that Lauther is healthy and back in action – hitting walk-off game-winners then chugging beers – there is no need for Saskatchewan to carry multiple Canadian kickers.

Ferraro was selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the seventh round, 59th overall during the 2018 CFL draft – the only kicker picked. He spent training camp with the Stamps, making his only field goal attempt in the pre-season against Saskatchewan from 29 yards out, prior to returning to university for his final year of eligibility.

The University of Guelph product set the USports record for field goals made in a season with 33 in 2017 and tied for the most ever through a career 91-of- 117 (77 per cent). During his last year with the Gryphons, Ferraro made 22-of-31 field goal attempts (71 per cent) with a long of 47 yards. He punted 58 times for 2,153 yards (38.4 average).

With the experience and pro film Ferraro has on his resume, if a team needs a kicker he could be an option.

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