Riders release Regina-born lineman Zack Evans

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are parting ways with one of their hometown players.

The Riders announced on Friday they have released defensive lineman Zack Evans. The Regina native, who has been in the CFL for eight seasons, played a total of four years with Saskatchewan.

“We want to thank Zack for all his efforts while he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” said Vice President of Football Operations Jeremy O’Day in a statement on Friday. “Not only did he represent the Green and White with pride on the field, but he also went above and beyond to give back to the province he grew up in. We wish him all the best going forward.”

The 30-year-old signed with the Riders in 2012 as a territorial junior after getting his start with the CJFL’s Regina Thunder. In his first two years with the Green and White he played 16 games and in 2013 won his first Grey Cup on the field where he grew up playing minor football.

During the 2013 expansion draft, Evans was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks and went on to play 70 regular season games, making three playoff appearances and winning the 2016 Grey Cup with Ottawa. He then returned to play for the Riders in 2018 for two more seasons.

Evans has totaled 115 career games played, collecting 101 defensive tackles, 24 sacks, one interception, two touchdowns and a forced fumble in his CFL career.

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