Triple threat: Riders sign three-time 1,000-yard rusher Kennedy Brooks

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American running back Kennedy Brooks to their training camp roster 

The 25-year-old ball carrier played three seasons over five years at the University of Oklahoma, becoming the fourth player in Sooners history to rush for over 1,000 yards in every campaign. The native of Mansfield, Tex. totalled 472 carries for 3,320 yards and 31 touchdowns in 38 career games, adding 21 receptions for 209 yards through the air.

The five-foot-11, 213-pound workhorse was named a Freshman All-American in 2018 by USA Today, also earning second-team All-American honours from analytics firm Pro Football Focus. He was an honourable mention All-Big 12 choice by coaches and media that season, receiving second-team honours in 2019. The three-year standout was not recognized by the conference for his career-best senior season in 2021 but was a semi-finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the offensive player in Division I football who best exhibits integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.

Despite his high level of production, Brooks went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. He spent the majority of the 2022 season on the practice squad and was waived following training camp in 2023. He has since been under contract with the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars and UFL’s Memphis Showboats, but did not play for either team.

The Riders will open their 2024 regular season on Saturday, June 8 when they visit the Edmonton Elks at Commonwealth Stadium.