Ticats sign athletic linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed American linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox to a one-year contract for the 2021 season.

The 26-year-old Santos-Knox has appeared in 37 CFL games with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2017-2018) and Edmonton Eskimos (2019), registering 142 defensive tackles, 21 special teams tackles, nine quarterback sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

The six-foot-two, 233-pound native of Waterbury, Connecticut missed most of the 2019 due to injury, but had a career year in 2018 with the Bombers when he posted 82 defensive tackles and six quarterback sacks in 18 games.

Prior to his CFL career, Santos-Knox played 46 games at the University of Massachusetts from 2012 to 2015, accumulating 338 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The 2014 ECAC All-Star linebacker with the UMass Minutemen also had a tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016.