B.C. Lions sign quarterback Kevin Thomson

Photo courtesy: Sacramento State University

The B.C. Lions have signed American quarterback Kevin Thomson.

The six-foot-one, 220-pound Thomson most recently attended rookie mini-camp with the Carolina Panthers earlier this year.

In 27 games over four seasons (2016-2019) at Sacramento State University, the native of Auburn, Washington completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 6,424 yards and 52 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while adding 257 carries for 1,247 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and 21 majors.

Thomson earned Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big Sky honours in 2019. He transferred to the University of Washington for 2020 before forgoing his final year of eligibility due to the pandemic.

The Lions also signed American defensive lineman Shakir Soto.

The six-foot-three, 290-pound Soto spent the later part of 2019 on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice roster before being waived in May of 2020. He also had practice roster stints with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys between 2017 and 2019.

The Wilkes-Barre, Penn. native played both defensive tackle and end over his 52-game career at the University of Pittsburgh (2013-2016). He recorded 120 tackles (74 solo, 46 assisted), 18 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and a pass knockdown at Pitt.

Both players have completed the necessary COVID protocols and will begin practicing with the team on Tuesday.