Ticats sign former Oregon playmaker, NFL running back and returner Byron Marshall

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed former NFL running back Byron Marshall.

The 26-year-old Marshall played 13 games with the Philadelphia Eagles (2016) and Washington Football Team (2017-2018). He registered 31 carries for 105 rushing yards, 13 receptions for 76 receiving yards and 12 kick returns for 239 yards. Marshall also spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens in 2019.

The five-foot-nine, 215-pound native of San Jose, California played four seasons at the University of Oregon (2012-2015) at both running back and receiver, accumulating 307 carries for 1,877 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, adding 97 receptions for 1,293 yards with eight receiving touchdowns.

Marshall, who is the younger brother of former Ticat running back Cameron Marshall, became the first player in Pac-12 conference history to post both a 1,000-yard rushing season (2013) and a 1,000-yard receiving season (2014) during a collegiate career.

Hamilton also signed American defensive end Malik Carney and American linebacker Patrick Nelson.

The 25-year-old Carney attended training camp with the Denver Broncos in 2020 after spending time in 2019 on the practice squads of the Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. The six-foot-three, 231-pound native of Alexandria, Virginia played 36 games at the University of North Carolina over four seasons (2015-2018). He registered 176 total tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback sacks, four pass knockdowns, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries – one of which he returned for a touchdown.

The 24-year-old Nelson most recently spent two seasons at Southern Methodist University (2018-19). He appeared in 22 games and registered 146 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback sacks, three interceptions, three passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Nelson set the SMU single-season record for sacks in 2019 with 12. Prior to his time with the Mustangs, the six-foot, 216-pound native of Chicago, Illinois played 20 games over two years at the University of Illinois (2016-2017). There he posted 140 total tackles, five tackles for loss, 0.5 quarterback sacks, two passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was redshirted by the Fighting Illini in 2015.

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