Going downhill: Elks sign Akron cornerback turned bobsledder Bryce Cheek

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The Edmonton Elks have signed American defensive back Bryce Cheek and released receiver Temuchin Hodges, running back Trayone Gray and defensive lineman David Perkins.

Cheek spent four seasons at the University of Akron from 2012 to 2015. The Ohio native played in 44 games for the Zips, recording 100 total tackles, one interception, nine pass deflections and two forced fumbles.

Cheek was signed by the B.C. Lions back in 2018, but did not see any game action. He also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, attending training camp with the club.

The six-foot, 195-pound defender also competes internationally for the United States in two-man bobsleigh, with his most recent result a seventh-place finish in the two-man at the Europe Cup in Winterberg in January.

Hodges, Gray and Perkins leave the Elks without any game action.

The club opened its rookie camp on Wednesday, with main camp opening Sunday, May 15 at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.