The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following roster moves:
- American defensive back Blace Brown
- Canadian linebacker Micah Teitz
Brown (6’0-195lbs) returns to the Club through 2022, after initially signing with the Riders in 2019. The Georgia native played two games for the Green and White during his rookie season making one defensive tackle in week 4 against the Calgary Stampeders.
Prior to joining the Riders, the 24-year-old spent four collegiate seasons at Troy University. In 2018, he played in all 13 games, starting in seven. Brown made 44 tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, one interception and six pass breakups on his way to second-team all-conference honours. In 2017, he was named first-team All-Sun Belt after starting 12 of 13 games played, putting up 33 tackles, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and six pass breakups. Brown was a walk-on receiver at Troy in 2015 before redshirting in 2016 when he switched to defensive back.
Teitz (6’2-225lbs) will remain in Green and White after signing a one-year contract extension. Teitz was selected by the Roughriders in the 2nd Round (14th overall) of the 2018 CFL Draft and has gone on to play 27 career games with the Club. A strong special teamer, the 24-year-old Calgarian has made 18 special teams tackles and six defensive tackles over two CFL seasons.
Collegiately, Teitz spent four seasons at his hometown University of Calgary where he made 111 unassisted tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks in 30 games played. He won back-to-back Hardy Cup titles in 2016 and 2017 and played in the 2017 U Sports East-West Bowl. The Calgary native was a Canada West All-Star in 2015 and 2017 and named U Sports All-Canadian in 2015.
In addition, American defensive back Hamp Cheevers and American defensive lineman Chris Livings have opted back into their contracts for 2021.
Cheevers (5’10-180 lbs) initially joined the Riders in 2020 after a stint in the NFL playing one preseason game with the Falcons and spending time with Raiders and Titans. The Florida native spent four collegiate seasons with Boston College recording 56 tackles, 2.5 for loss, nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a touchdown. During his junior year with the Eagles, Cheevers was named to the All-ACC First team, was the winner of the 80th annual George “Bulger” Lowe Award and was named to the New England Football Writers All-New England team.
Livings (6’0 – 238) spent five collegiate seasons as a defensive end at McNeese State University in Louisiana. The 23-year-old played in 42 games for the Cowboys recording 117 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 30 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery and was well awarded for his efforts. In 2019, he was the Southland Conference’s Player of the Year alongside being named to the All-Conference first team and selected to participate in the 2019 FCS National Bowl. In 2018, Livings was named to the All-SLC second team and All-Louisiana second team.