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Lions land local linebacker star Boseko Lokombo

Vancouver Sun – Sept 8, 2014

VANCOUVER — Boseko Lokombo, Abottsford’s W.J. Mouat High School star who went on become a standout at linebacker for the Univesity of Oregon Ducks, has joined his “hometown” B.C. Lions, the Canadian Football League team announced today.

The Lions, who managed to pick Lokombo in the third round (21st overall) of last year’s CFL draft, were gambling at the time that he wouldn’t be snapped up by the National Football League. That proved to be the case when he was passed over in last spring’s NFL draft after undergoing shoulder surgery for a torn left labrum.

“We’re obviously very excited to have Bo agree to a contract,” vice-president and general manager Wally Buono said in a statement. “He’s played college football at a very high level, he’s extremely athletic and he can help us on both special teams and defence.”

The 23-year-old Lokombo was highly recruited by Oregon, where he appeared in 40 games over four active seasons after red-shirting his first year in Eugene. The gifted linebacker racked up career numbers of 78 solo tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns and five sacks.

“Bo has tremendous upside and loads of potential,” Lions head coach Mike Benevides said in a statement. “It was a calculated risk to take him in the draft and I’m thrilled that it’s worked out for our organization. It will be great to have him on the field and help us continue to improve as a team.”

Lokombo will be placed on the Lions practice roster and join his new teammates Tuesday as they prepare to meet the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.

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