TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign McLaurin (DB)

Edmonton releases three players

PHOTO COURTESY: ​ Mississippi State Athletics
PHOTO COURTESY: ​ Mississippi State Athletics

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced Tuesday the signing of American Mark McLaurin (DB).

McLaurin played four seasons at Mississippi State (2015-18) , where he was one of the best in the SEC at his position during his last two seasons, recording 224 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his Bulldogs career. In 2017, he tied the MSU single-season record for interceptions, becoming the first Bulldog since 2009 to tally six picks in a season and was named to the Associated Press All-Bowl Team and TaxSlayer Bowl MVP.

The Mississippi product attended New York Giants training camp in 2019 where he suffered a broken foot early in camp, spending the entire season on injured reserve. He was released in August 2020.

The Elks also announced that they have released National Ethan Makonzo (DB), and Americans Hakeem Butler (WR) and Charles Nelson (WR). 



  • Mark McLaurin | AMER | DB | 6’2 | 215 LBS | 1997-04-11 | Collins, MS | Mississippi State


  • Hakeem Butler | AMER | WR | 6'6 | 225 LBS | 1996-05-16 | Baltimore, MD | Iowa State
  • Ethan Makonzo | NAT | DB | 6'1 | 220 LBS | 1995-12-19 | Montreal, QC | Montreal
  • Charles Nelson | AMER | WR | 5'8 | 169 LBS | 1995-10-28 | Daytona Beach, FL | Oregon
Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), Edmonton Elks Football Club


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The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. 

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.


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