Edmonton Elks sign Alberta product Peter Kozushka, two others

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The Edmonton Elks have signed Canadian offensive lineman Peter Kozushka.

The six-foot-seven, 300-pound blocker spent the past five seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, dressing for 29 games. He started five games at left tackle this past season and another three at guard.

The native of Yorkton, Sask. was selected in the sixth round of the 2022 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes. He attended training camp but was released before returning to school for his final year of U Sports eligibility.

The 25-year-old twice won the team Most Dedicated Award and served as captain.

The Elks also signed a pair of Americans, including quarterback Khalil Tate and linebacker Javahn Fergurson.

Tate signed with Edmonton during this past off-season but was released prior to the season. He later joined the Toronto Argonauts but was released before dressing for a regular season game.

The six-foot, 216-pound passer attended the University of Arizona where he started one game as a true freshman in 2016. His best season came the following year when he started seven games, passing for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while rushing 153 times for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He finished his tenure with the Wildcats with 6,318 passing yards, 57 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions as well as 2,285 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He was credited with 32 starts and posted a 13-19 record.

The 24-year-old signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft and was converted to receiver. He was cut in July 2020 but was brought back for the 2021 season on a reserve/futures contract and subsequently released.

Fergurson made 346 total tackles, nine sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and nine knockdowns over 39 career games at New Mexico State University. The native of Baton Rouge, La. was named first-team Phil Steele All-Independent as a senior in 2019 and ranks 10th all-time on the Aggies’ all-time tackles list.

The six-foot-one, 230-pound defender played for the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League this past season and made 64 total tackles, one sack, and one interception.