B.C. Lions release nine, including CFL draft pick Dawson Marchant

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The B.C. Lions have released eight American players, including running back Ronald Awatt, receivers Jadakis Bonds, Bryson Daughtry, and Dezmon Patmon, offensive lineman James Moore, defensive lineman Tipa Galeai, and defensive backs Alonzo Davis and Bryce Watts.

Bonds made 180 receptions for 2,731 yards and 34 touchdowns across 40 games at Hampton University, an FCS program located in Hampton, Va., finishing his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns.

The native of Williamston, N.C. also signed with the Green Bay Packers after going undrafted but was released at the conclusion of training camp.

The Lions have also released Canadian defensive back Dawson Marchant.

Marchant was B.C.’s seventh-round pick in the 2024 CFL Draft out of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The native of Vancouver started his collegiate career at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. before moving south and attended the recent CFL Combine in Winnipeg.

CFL teams were required to shorten their rosters to 75 players plus non-counters as of Wednesday morning.

The Lions will play their first preseason game on Saturday, May 25 when they visit the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.