May 12, 2023

REDBLACKS extend East All-Stars Jaelon Acklin and Jacob Ruby

The Ottawa REDBLACKS have locked up a pair of star players; signing American receiver Jaelon Acklin and national offensive lineman Jacob Ruby through the 2024 CFL season, the team announced today.

“Jaelon has proven to be a playmaker in this league who is extremely productive. To get a two-time division all-star under contract for a longer period was important to us. We are excited to see his commitment to our team and our city continue for a couple more years,” said General Manager Shawn Burke. ”

“Jacob has established himself as a leader in our locker room who plays at a high level. Continuity on the offensive line is extremely important and his signing gives us that. We thank him and his entire family for their commitment to our organization and our community.”

Acklin, 27, enters his fourth CFL season, and second with the REDBLACKS, after enjoying a year of career high’s in 2022. The Mountain View, Missouri native appeared in 15 games, making 75 catches for 1,169 receiving yards, 380 YAC, and a pair of touchdowns. Acklin was twice recognized by the league for his outstanding play; earning Top Performer honours for the month of July, and for Week 13.

“I love the city, the people, the environment,” said Acklin. “Nothing brings me more joy than running into a REDBLACKS fan and just talking to them or taking pictures. I want to win for the City of Ottawa, because they deserve it. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”

Through 77 career games – split between the REDBLACKS, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Acklin has appeared in a total of 46 career CFL games, earning a total of 183 receptions, for 2,555 receiving yards, 771 YAC, and nine touchdowns. A product of Western Illinois, he arrived in Ottawa via free agency on February 9, 2022.

American receiver Jaelon Acklin
HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 190 lbs | BIRTHDAY: 1995-08-10
HOMETOWN: Mountain View, MO | SCHOOL: Western Illinois

Ruby, 30, is heading into his eighth CFL season, and his second with the REDBLACKS. The London, Ontario native appeared in all 18 games during the 2022 campaign, earning CFL All-Star honours as part of a rebuilt REDBLACKS offensive line.

“I’m extremely excited to be staying in Ottawa. We have unfinished business here and I wanted to be a part of bringing a lot of success back to this franchise,” said Ruby. “The people we have in this organization made this decision extremely easy and I am fired up about continuing to work with them. There’s nowhere else my family and I wanted to be. We love wearing red and black!”

Drafted eighth overall by the Montreal Alouettes in 2015, Ruby has suited up in 81 CFL games, split between Montreal, Edmonton, and Ottawa.

National offensive lineman Jacob Ruby
: 6-7 | WEIGHT: 325 lbs | BIRTHDAY: 1992-12-13
HOMETOWN: London, ON | SCHOOL: Richmond

Le ROUGE et NOIR d’Ottawa a mis la main sur deux joueurs vedettes en signant une prolongation de contrat avec le receveur américain Jaelon Acklin et le joueur de ligne offensive Jacob Ruby jusqu’à la saison 2024 de la LCF, a annoncé l’équipe aujourd’hui.

Acklin, 27 ans, entame sa quatrième saison dans la LCF, et sa deuxième avec les REDBLACKS, après avoir atteint des sommets en carrière en 2022. Le natif de Mountain View, au Missouri, a participé à 15 matchs, effectuant 75 attrapés pour 1 169 verges de réception, 380 verges de gain et deux touchés. Acklin a été reconnu à deux reprises par la ligue pour son jeu exceptionnel, se méritant les honneurs du meilleur joueur pour le mois de juillet et pour la semaine 13.

En 77 matchs en carrière – répartis entre les REDBLACKS et les Tiger-Cats de Hamilton – Acklin a participé à 46 matchs en carrière dans la LCF, récoltant un total de 183 réceptions, pour 2 555 verges de réception, 771 CAA et neuf touchés. Produit de Western Illinois, il est arrivé à Ottawa par l’entremise d’une agence libre le 9 février 2022.

le receveur américain Jaelon Acklin
: 6-2 | POIDS: 190 lbs | DATE DE NAISSANCE: 1995-08-10
VILLE NATALE: Mountain View, MO | UNIVERSITÉ: Western Illinois
Ruby, 30 ans, entame sa huitième saison dans la LCF et sa deuxième avec les REDBLACKS. Le natif de London, en Ontario, a participé aux 18 matchs de la campagne 2022 et a été nommé étoile de la LCF au sein de la ligne offensive reconstruite des REDBLACKS.

Repêché au huitième rang par les Alouettes de Montréal en 2015, Ruby a pris part à 81 matchs de la LCF, répartis entre Montréal, Edmonton et Ottawa.

le jouer de ligne offensif national Jacob Ruby
: 6-7 | POIDS: 325 lbs | DATE DE NAISSANCE: 1992-12-13