Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ex-Oregon QB Masoli signs with CFL’s Edmonton Eskimo

Posted by Adam Jude

Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, the club announced Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Masoli, 23, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. He attended the 49ers camp before being released.

Masoli then spent the last three games in 2011 with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, where he passed for more than 800 yards.

"Jeremiah's skill set is ideal for the Canadian game, but it takes time and tremendous effort for young quarterbacks to develop," Eskimo GM Eric Tillman said in a statement. "He is blessed to have a superb role model on and off the field in (veteran quarterback) Kerry Joseph, and if he embraces the same characteristics that have defined Kerry's career, Jeremiah has a chance to eventually become a quality quarterback in our league."

A two-year starter at Oregon, Masoli led the Ducks to a Holiday Bowl win in 2008 and a Pac-10 championship in 2009.

But he was suspended in March 2010 following a guilty plea on burglary charges, then dismissed that summer by Oregon coach Chip Kelly following a citation for marijuana possession.

He played his final college season at Mississippi.

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