University of North Texas Mean Green QB Mason Fine signs with Riders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American quarterback Mason Fine to a three-year contract through the 2023 season.

The five-foot-11, 190-pound Fine played NCAA football at the University of North Texas. The 23-year-old started nine games as a true freshman and played in 49 career games for the Mean Green. Over his four seasons at UNT, Fine completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 12,505 yards, 93 touchdowns against 39 interceptions while rushing for an additional seven majors.

Fine left North Texas as the school’s all-time leading passer (12,505 yards), first in passing touchdowns (93), first in passer efficiency (140.68), first in touchdowns (100), record-holder in career completions (1,039) and career pass attempts (1,655) and the most 300-yard passing games in school history (18). He owns North Texas single-season passing yardage (4,052), touchdown (31), completion (324), pass attempts (511) records, all set in 2017.

Fine earned the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018, he was twice named first-team All-CUSA (2017, 2018), and in his senior year he was named the top college quarterback in Texas, while also earning second-team All-CUSA honours. In addition, the Oklahoma native was named to the All-CUSA freshman team in 2016.

After going unselected in the 2020 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears brought Fine in for a workout in August, however, the was no contract offer following the session. Fine sat out the entire 2020 season without playing football.

Fine joins Cody Fajardo, Isaac Harker and Justice Hansen as quarterbacks under contract with the Riders for the scheduled 2021 CFL season.

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