Former Utah State football player Chris Randle has signed to play with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League the team announced Tuesday.
"I'm very thankful that the Calgary Stampeders gave me the opportunity to continue my football career," Randle said. "It's been rough not playing but I'm blessed for this opportunity. I'm excited to get back on the field and will be proud to represent Utah State football."
Randle signed a free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys in July, 2011, but was later cut after going through training camp.
Randle, a native of Merced, Calif. (Golden Valley HS), was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at USU from 2007-10. He made 27 career starts in 43 career games played, including all 12 games of both his junior and senior seasons. He posted 154 total tackles (112 solo, 42 assists) with three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He posted 19 pass break-ups in his four years and snared four interceptions. In 2010, he ranked 10th in the WAC and 79th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 10 passes defended (eight PBU’s and two INT’s). Randle was a fourth-team Phil Steele’s College Football Preview all-WAC selection after the 2010 season.
The Stampeders posted an 11-7 record in 2011 and a berth in the West Division semifinal.
With Randle's signing with Calgary, he becomes the third former USU player in the CFL, joining running back Dennis Jerome (BC Lions) and quarterback Anthony Calvillo (Montreal Alouettes). The Stampeders open the 2012 season on June 15 against Edmonton.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.