Former CFL quarterback Dakota Prukop released by USFL’s New Jersey Generals

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Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Dakota Prukop has been released by the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, potentially opening the door for a return to the CFL.

Prukop signed in the USFL as a free agent this offseason, hoping to take a larger role in the offence. He served as the Generals’ primary backup in four games, completing 31-of-50 passes for 312 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while rushing 11 times for 97 yards and a score. New Jersey finished the season with a 3-7 record and missed the playoffs.

The six-foot-one, 208-pound passer spent the 2023 season as the third-stringer with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, throwing for 181 yards and two touchdowns over 12 regular season games. He was also active in the run game as the team’s short-yardage quarterback, rushing 53 times for 209 yards and six touchdowns.

The 29-year-old broke into the CFL as a member of the Toronto Argonauts in 2017 and spent three seasons with the team, throwing for 284 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He started the club’s regular-season finale in 2019, dropping the contest to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 21-18.

The native of Newport, Calif. signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2020 but never dressed for the team as the season was cancelled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed with the Edmonton Elks in 2021 and dressed for eight regular season games, throwing for 183 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Prukop dressed for six games as a senior with the University of Oregon Ducks in 2016 and completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions. He previously played at Montana State (2013-15) where he threw for 5,584 yards, 46 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.