Elks sign veteran short-yardage QB Dakota Prukop, bring back Global kicker Dean Faithfull

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The Edmonton Elks have signed veteran American quarterback Dakota Prukop.

Prukop spent training camp with the B.C. Lions but was released following the first preseason game. He previously played for Edmonton during the 2021 season, completing 18-of-26 passes for 183 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions while rushing for 134 yards and two scores.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound passer spent the past two seasons as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, minus a foray into the USFL as a member of the New Jersey Generals. He threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns with the club and carried the ball 111 times for 397 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The 30-year-old native of Newport, Calif. entered the CFL as a member of the Toronto Argonauts in 2017 but has since been a member of the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Elks, and Blue Bombers. In total, he has thrown for 676 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions over 76 games along with 149 rushes for 570 yards and 15 scores.

The team has also added Global kicker Dean Faithfull to the practice roster, as well as American running back Jermaine Brown Jr., linebacker Reynard Ellis, and receiver Arkell Smith.

Faithfull was selected with the second overall pick in the 2023 CFL Global Draft and became the team’s starting kicker. The 37-year-old rookie converted on 22-of-28 field goal attempts, including from a long of 46 yards, while nailing 35-of-37 extra points.

The former professional soccer player played one season of college football at Colorado State University-Pueblo, hitting seven of his 12 field goals.

The Elks will begin their regular season on Saturday, June 8 when they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7:00 p.m. ET.