Redblacks sign All-American pass rusher Bryce Carter, make seven other roster moves

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The Ottawa Redblacks made eight transactions Saturday morning, including signing American defensive linemen Bryce Carter and Deonte Holden, as well as American defensive back Adonis Davis.

Carter was named an FCS All-American by four different outlets in 2021, including a first-team selection by Phil Steele. The six-foot-one, 252-pound pass rusher led James Madison University in tackles for loss with 22 and tied for the team lead in sacks with nine, while adding 54 total tackles, seven quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and one recovery.

Prior to his senior year with the Dukes, Carter spent four seasons at Towson University. He appeared in 35 career games, making 24 starts on the defensive line and tallied 144 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 15.0 sacks, six forced fumbles, and 14 quarterback hurries.

Holden spent six seasons at North Carolina State University from 2014 to 2019. The six-foot-four, 249-pound defensive end played sparingly until a break-out 2018 season in which he posted 21 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. In his final campaign, he added 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Davis played four seasons at Abilene Christian University from 2016 to 2019. In 41 games played, the five-foot-10, 181-pound cornerback made 146 total tackles, forced four fumbles, recorded seven interceptions, and broke up 26 passes.

The Redblacks also confirmed the signing of Canadian receiver Tevaun Smith, as reported by 3DownNation on Friday. Smith, who was released by the Edmonton Elks earlier this week, has recorded 82 catches for 956 yards and six touchdowns in 30 career CFL games.

In a corresponding move, the team released American defensive backs Charles Oliver and Marloshawn Franklin, receiver Ventell Bryant, and offensive lineman Jeremy Hickey.