Riders sign former Liberty standout running back Frankie Hickson, one other

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American running back Frankie Hickson and American defensive back Levonta Taylor.

Hickson spent five collegiate seasons at Liberty University (2015-19), playing in 47 games for the Flames.

Over that time, the Virginia native recorded 610 carries for 2,898 yards and 30 touchdowns. Hickson became the first Liberty running back to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons in more than a decade. He finished his collegiate career as the program’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 4,494 and earned Phil Steele’s Independent All-Conference First-Team honours as a senior.

Prior to his breakout junior season, the five-foot-eight, 200-pounder contributed as a returner where in his first season he recorded 707 total kickoff return yards (the second-most in program history) and averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return. His strength as a returner saw him named Big South second-team all-conference in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Taylor was signed by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft and attended training camp with the club. In 2021, he played for the Sea Lions of The Spring League.

The five-foot-ten, 190-pound cover man spent four collegiate seasons at Florida State (2016-19) and appeared in 35 games with the Seminoles. The Virginia native lined up at cornerback and safety over his tenure at FSU, recording 90 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions, 10 passes defended, and one forced fumble. His two career interception return touchdowns ranks fourth all-time in FSU history.