B.C. Lions sign three, including former Hawai’i receiver Jared Smart

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The B.C. Lions have signed three American players, including receivers Jared Smart and Justice Murphy and defensive back Christian Uphoff, the team announced on Tuesday.

Smart played 37 games for the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors from 2019 to 2021 and recorded 149 catches for 1,863 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named an All-Mountain West Honourable Mention as a junior and attended rookie mini-camp with the Arizona Cardinals in 2022.

The five-foot-eleven, 189-pound target is the son of Keith Smart, a former NBA assistant coach who made the game-winning shot for Indiana against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game.

Murphy made 27 receptions for 411 yards and a touchdown over two seasons at Western Oregon. The six-foot-one, 195-pound receiver previously played at Riverside College where he made 20 receptions for 308 yards and three touchdowns.

Uphoff signed with the Green Bay Packers after going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft, though he was released at the end of training camp. The native of Peoria, Ill. native played at Illinois State from 2017 to 2019 and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in his first year with the club.

The six-foot-two, 209-pound defender made 30 total tackles, four knockdowns, and 17 kick returns for 473 yards and one touchdown.