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Blue Bombers Add to Practice Roster

WINNIPEG, MB., September 17, 2018 –   The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the club has added to the practice roster national defensive back Jacob Firlotte, international receivers Charles Nelson and Kenny Lawler, international linebacker Kache Palacio and international defensive back Boobie Hobbs.

Firlotte (6-3, 216, Queen’s University, May 29, 1996 in Abbotsford, BC) was selected 58th overall in the 2018 CFL Draft by the Blue Bombers. He spent four seasons with the Queen’s Gaels, playing in 30 games. Firlotte recorded 49 solo tackles and 3 interceptions in his career at Queen’s.

Nelson (5’8, 170, Oregon, October 29, 1995 in Daytona Beach, FL.) played four seasons for the Oregon Ducks, catching 124 passes for 1,555 yards and 14 touchdowns. Nelson also had 2,424 kick return yards and two kick return touchdowns during his time at Oregon. In 2014, Nelson received the Gordon E. Wilson Award for being Oregon’s top special teams standout and was given 1st-Team Pac-12 All-Conference honours in 2015. 

Lawler (6’2, 203, University of California, June 25, 1994 in Pomona, CA.) was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, spending time on their practice squad in 2016 and 2017. Lawler played three seasons with the California Golden Bears, catching 143 passes for 1706 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Palacio (6’1, 237, Washington State University, January 30, 1994 in Gardena, CA.) spent his college career with the Washington State Cougars. In four seasons, he recorded 146 total tackles, 26 tackles for a loss and 17 sacks, putting him 10th on the school’s all-time sacks list. In 2016, Palacio signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. He also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, playing in one NFL game in 2017.

Hobbs (5’10, 180, University of Utah, June 28, 1995 in New Orleans, LA.) spent three seasons with the Utah Utes, playing in 50 games and making 47 total tackles. In 2016, Hobbs led the NCAA in total punt returns and was third overall in the Pac-12 with 274 punt return yards.