Riders bring two rookie Americans into the fold

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive back D.Q. Thomas.

Thomas – full name Daquaylyn – joins the Roughriders after spending the last two seasons at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The five-foot-ten, 205-pound Texas native played 24 games for the Golden Eagles where he made 92 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions, four pass deflections, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

His senior year saw him named first-team All-Conference USA after he finished second on his team in tackles, led the team in tackles for loss with 15 and posted a team-high three interceptions. 

Prior to transferring to Southern Mississippi, the 22-year-old played at Tyler Junior College, where in his final year he made 92 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in nine games played. 

Additionally, American defensive lineman Pete Robertson has opted back into his contract for 2021.

The six-foot-two, 243-pound Robertson initially joined the Riders in 2020 after spending time with the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. Over three seasons he played in 16 preseason games, making 4.5 sacks, and six regular season games, making four career tackles.  

Collegiately, Robertson spent five seasons at Texas Tech where he played in 40 games, made 227 tackles, 22 sacks, 39.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one touchdown, eight pass knockdowns, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Robertson was named All-Big 12 second team and AP All-Big 12 first team as a junior. He started in all 12 games that year making 81 tackles, 13 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

By the end of the 2014 season, he led the team in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries and forced fumbles, leaving him sixth in the country in sacks and first in the Big 12 Conference.