Hale-p is on the way: B.C. Lions sign kicker Bailey Hale

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The B.C. Lions have signed American kicker Bailey Hale to the roster. He has completed mandatory protocols and will begin practicing with the team.

The news has come just one week after the Lions signed Nick Vogel and moved struggling rookie Jimmy Camacho to the practice roster. Vogel made both of his field goal attempts in last week’s loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but averaged just 49 yards on kickoffs.

Hale transferred from Eastern New Mexico to Louisiana Tech for his final two years of college eligibility (2018-19). With the Bulldogs, Hale suited up in 26 contests while making good on 30-of-40 field goal attempts and all but one of his 92 one-point converts.

The five-foot-eleven, 196-pounder earned Conference USA Kicker of the Week honours after making all five field goal attempts against Florida International on Sept. 20, 2019 and was named Second-Team All-Conference USA following his senior year.

In two years with Eastern New Mexico, Hale hit 23-of-34 field goal tries and was perfect on 73 convert attempts. Added 7,607 yards on 127 kickoffs and recorded 57 touchbacks and was the school’s second-leading scorer in both seasons.