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Wagner College gridder signs with Toronto of the CFL


Wagner College defensive lineman Julian McCleod has signed a deal with the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Toronto Argonauts, the team announced on Tuesday.

McCleod finished the 2019 season with 38 total tackles and three sacks, including consecutive games with sacks against Robert Morris and Duquesne. The Florida native played in all 45 games of his Seahawk career and finished with 102 total tackles, setting new career highs each season.

Following the 2019 season, McCleod also competed in the FCS Bowl and was one of nine former Seahawks to participate in Wagner's Pro Day on March 10.

The Toronto Argonauts are already familiar with the Wagner football program, as they drafted former Seahawk linebacker Mathieu Loiselle in the seventh round (60th overall) of the 2018 CFL Draft. The "Argos" finished the 2019 season with a 4-14 overall record.

McCleod becomes Wagner's latest CFL player and first since former All-American running back Ryan Fulse signed a deal with the BC Lions in February. The third former Seahawk currently under contract in the CFL is defensive tackle Charbel Dabire, who was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the sixth round (44th pick overall) of the 2019 CFL draft.

The longest-tenured former Wagner standout to ever play in the CFL was linebacker/fullback C.O. Prime, a 2013 third-round pick (19th overall) of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he went on to enjoy a five-year year career (2013-17) and helped lead his team to Grey Cup appearances (equivalent to the NFL Super Bowl) in 2013 and 2014.

Wagner was also the only Northeast Conference (NEC) school with two active players in the NFL during the 2019-2020 season in Buffalo Bills linebacker Julian Stanford and offensive tackle Greg Senat, who went on to win the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in February.

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