Once-heralded pass rusher Chris Casher draws into Elks lineup for first time

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The Edmonton Elks have nothing to play for, but fans will finally get a chance to see one of their more intriguing in-season acquisitions.

Defensive end Chris Casher has drawn into the lineup for the first time this season, slated to backup Antonio Simmons who was acquired in the Trevor Harris trade.The 27-year-old won a starting job with the Calgary Stampeders in 2019, recording 34 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble in a breakout year, but has not yet had an opportunity to show off his talents this season.

Viewed as one of the best free agent pass rushers on the market, Casher signed a one-year contract with B.C. in February 2020 worth $145,000, which included a $50,000 signing bonus. The Lions re-signed Casher to a one-year contract for the 2021 CFL season, but he was released after two weeks of training camp.

The Elks picked him off the scrap heap at the end of September, but have yet to insert him into the lineup. Saturday will be that first opportunity.

Casher was a member of Florida State University’s NCAA National Championship team in 2013. He suited up in a total of 35 games over three seasons with the Seminoles, recording 61 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

For his senior season, Casher transferred to Faulkner University and recorded 60 defensive tackles and nine sacks in 10 games for the Eagles.

The six-foot-four, 257-pound pass rusher spent time in Oakland Raiders and New York Giants training camp after going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Casher played three NFL pre-season games recording two solo tackles and one assisted tackle.