Edmonton Elks sign Canadian quarterback Mike Beaudry

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The Edmonton Elks have signed Canadian quarterback Mike Beaudry.

The Regina-born pivot played 11 games for the Idaho Vandals in 2021 and completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,299 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also rushed 27 times for 68 yards.

The six-foot-five, 248-pound passer began his collegiate career at West Florida, leading the program to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship after going 10-4 and earning second-team All-America honours. In 2019, Beaudry appeared in five games at UConn before sustaining an injury.

Beaudry was eligible for the 2021 CFL Draft but went unselected.

Beaudry was clocked at a 4.95-second forty-yard dash at a recent West Florida pro day. He also leaped 27.5 inches in the vertical jump and eight-foot, 10-inches in the broad. He also clocked a 4.38-second short shuttle and 7.41-second three-cone.

The Elks also released Canadian defensive back Eric Blake, who played in eight games for the Elks last season. The Hamilton, Ont. native registered eight total tackles in 2021 and had his first career start in Week 2 against the Montreal Alouettes.

Blake was an eighth-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft. Prior to starting his CFL career, Blake spent four seasons at McMaster University and appeared in 36 games.