TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign three players

Franklin Jr. has pre-season experience with B.C. and Ottawa

Marloshawn Franklin Jr. (19) with the B.C. Lions in pre-season action, Sunday May 26, 2019 | CP Images
Marloshawn Franklin Jr. (19) with the B.C. Lions in pre-season action, Sunday May 26, 2019 | CP Images

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced Monday the signings of Americans Marloshawn Franklin Jr. (DB), Ky'el Hemby (DB) and Antonio Mitchell (DB).

Franklin has previous CFL experience from pre-season stints with the Ottawa Redblacks last year and B.C. Lions in 2019. The Michigan native spent the 2021 season with the Hamburg Sea Devils in the European League of Football, where he recorded 22 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles in six games. Franklin played collegiately at Mesa Community College (2014-15) and California (2016-17).

Hemby played three years (2018 to 2020) of NCAA Division I football at Southern Mississippi, following one season at Iowa Western Community College in 2017. In 34 career games with the Golden Eagles, he recorded nine interceptions. He ranked third in the nation with six interceptions in 2018 when he was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.

A former high school football player at Vista Murrieta in California, Mitchell competed as a sprinter collegiately, with the track and field teams at Riverside Community College (2017-19), Arizona State University (2019-2021) and Purdue University (2021-22). He won the California Community College Athletic Association championship in the 100m twice (2017-18 and 2018-19) and 200m once (2018-19).




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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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