Just for kicks: B.C. Lions sign Jimmy Camacho, Félix Ménard-Brière

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes

The B.C. Lions have signed American kicker Jimmy Camacho and Canadian kicker Félix Ménard-Brière. The move came one day after the club released struggling Japanese kicker Takeru Yamasaki.

Camacho is a native of Santa Ana, Calif. who most recently attended training camp with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2021. He had previously been an off-season member of the Lions in 2020.

Camacho spent 2019 with the Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers where he led all league kickers in scoring with 121 points and earned All-IFL First-Team honours.

He transferred from Riverside Community College to Fresno State for 2015-17 and set the Bulldogs single-season record of field goals made with 25 in his senior season. His 116 points scored in 2017 were second in the Mountain West Conference and No. 19 in the nation.

Ménard-Brière was a fourth-round selection of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2017 CFL Draft and attended rookie camp with the New York Giants that same year. He also spent time on the practice roster with the Ottawa Redblacks and Saskatchewan Roughriders before signing with the Montreal Alouettes in 2020.

Ménard-Brière enjoyed a solid four years with the Montreal Carabins, winning a Vanier Cup in 2014 and setting a school record with 12,403 punting yards. The native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que. also earned second-team all-Canadian honours in the 2017 U Sports season.