B.C. Lions release former Riders’ backup quarterback Isaac Harker, four others

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The B.C. Lions have released five players ahead of the start of training camp Sunday, including quarterback Isaac Harker.

The 26-year-old was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the past two seasons (2019, 2021), serving as the backup to Cody Fajardo and his podcast co-host. He completed 70-of-97 pass attempts for 706 yards and five interceptions in limited game action, while also rushing five times for 19 yards.

The Lebanon, Ind. native attended Indiana State from 2014 to 2017 before transferring to Colorado School of Mines for his senior season. Harker completed 65.5 percent of his passes with the Orediggers for 3,858 yards, 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while adding 61 carries for 142 yards and three majors.

Harker holds a Master’s degree in mineral and energy economics and achieved a remarkably high score in the Wonderlic, a common test used to gauge the intellect of prospects.

Also released were Canadian running back Wayne Moore, American defensive lineman Elijah Qualls, American kicker Nathan Hierlihy, and American linebacker Dae’Lun Darien.

The 30-year-old Moore dressed for 25 games with B.C. over the 2018 and 2019 seasons, recording 19 carries for 86 yards, seven receptions for 91 yards, and 15 special teams tackles. He missed the 2021 season due to injuries sustained in a car accident.

Qualls was a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 NFL Draft and suited up in six games as a rookie, recording three solo tackles during the team’s Super Bowl run. The six-foot-one, 320-pound nose tackle attended the University of Washington from 2013 to 2016, registering 78 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.