Ticats to start Tyrell Sutton at running back in the Grey Cup

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Tyrell Sutton will start at running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup.

Sutton signed with the Ticats in September. He played four games carrying the ball 35 times for 203 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and caught 11 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown.

The veteran runner did not dress in the Eastern Final, instead it was fellow American Cameron Marshall getting the start in the victory over Edmonton. Marshall ran for 35 yards on nine rushes and hauled in two passes for 25 yards.

Sutton inked a free agent deal with the Toronto Argos last off-season, but never played a down for the double blue. He spent parts of six seasons in Montreal and ended last year with the B.C. Lions after the Alouettes sent him to the west coast in a trade.

The 32-year-old has played 77 career games carrying the football 733 times for 4,044 yards averaging 5.5 yards per carry while scoring 17 touchdowns. He’s caught 189 passes for 1,665 yards and four majors.

His best campaign came in 2015 when he rushed for 1,059 yards and found the end zone five times on 180 carries while hauling in 43 balls for 334 yards and two scores through the air. For his efforts Sutton was named a CFL all-star.

Sutton is a physical runner who gives the Ticats a punch with the ball. He has NFL carries and experience on his resume from 16 games with the Carolina Panthers in 2009 and 2010. Sutton recorded 139 rushing yards on 25 carries to go along with 18 catches for 132 yards.

That NFL opportunity came after a decorated career at Northwestern University. Sutton totalled 3,886 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns on 731 carries (5.3 yards per carry) with 149 grabs for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns. He was an All-American freshmen in 2005 posting 1,474 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground plus 346 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

It’s the first career Grey Cup appearance for Sutton.