Riders retain Canadian fullback Albert Awachie

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national fullback Albert Awachie to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.               

The six-foot-three, 225-pound Awachie enters his fourth season with the Riders after playing 12 games in 2019. The reliable blocker helped pave the way for Saskatchewan’s strong ground attack, which averaged 112.8 yards per game for a total of 2,030 yards and a league-high 26 rushing touchdowns. Awachie was also an integral part of the Riders’ special teams success and made two receptions for 12 yards on offence.

The Toronto native spent three collegiate seasons with the University of Toronto and played in 22 games at both receiver and defensive back. While with the Varsity Blues, Awachie recorded 22 tackles and made 14 receptions for 145 yards. Awachie signed with the Riders as an undrafted CFL free agent in May 2017.