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Luke Tasker lands job with CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats

By Jay Skurski

From the in-case-you-missed-it department comes this: St. Francis graduate Luke Tasker has signed to the practice roster of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Tasker, 22, spent training camp with the San Diego Chargers after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Cornell following the 2013 NFL Draft. He was released as part of San Diego's final cuts Aug. 30.

In Hamilton, he reunites with coach Kent Austin, who was Tasker's coach for three years with the Big Red.

"A lot of the terminology is still the same. There's a lot to learn with the 12th man out there and some of the things are more complex than what we did at Cornell," Tasker told the Guelph Mercury after his first practice last week. "The big thing is that there's a lot of memorization that I already have down."

A 5-foot-11, 191-pounder, Tasker will attempt to earn a spot on the active roster as a receiver, Austin told the paper. The Ticats are 6-6 this season, in second place in the CFL's East Division behind Toronto (8-4). Hamilton has six games remaining in the 18-game regular season CFL teams play, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Calgary.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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