Back in the den: B.C. Lions bring back DB Loucheiz Purifoy

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The B.C. Lions have signed defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy away from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The 29-year-old returns to the squad after suiting up in 40 games over the past three seasons with the Riders with whom he recorded 106 defensive tackles, eight interceptions, and a forced fumble.

The native of Pensacola, Fla. originally joined the Lions as a free agent prior to the 2016 season and made an immediate impact on defence, recording 48 total tackles, one interception, and a team-high four forced fumbles.

Purifoy recorded 49 defensive tackles and three interceptions, both career-highs, in his second campaign with the club in 2017.

The five-foot-eleven, 190-pound cover man then signed with the Ottawa Redblacks as a free agent in 2018, suiting up in seven contests before landing in Saskatchewan for the remaining ten games that season.

Purifoy signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and would rack up five defensive tackles and a pass deflection in his rookie campaign. He was then claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks that November.

In 37 games over three seasons (2011-13) at the University of Florida, Purifoy racked up 102 total tackles (69 solo, 33 assisted), two sacks, a pair of interceptions, 14 pass knockdowns, five forced fumbles and three blocked kicks. He earned second-team All-SEC honours in his senior season.