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Ex-Hornet Wallace signs with CFL


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Former Shenandoah University football great Rico Wallace has signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in a transaction announced Thursday by the team.

Wallace, who completed his eligibility following the 2011 season and is set to graduate from SU on Saturday, was one of two import players signed by the Eskimos on Thursday.

In his four-year SU career, Wallace had 189 catches for 3287 yards and 28 touchdowns.

In his senior year, a season in which he was named to two All-America squads, he had 67 receptions for 1241 yards and 14 TDs.

Wallace holds every significant Shenandoah game, season and career receiving record.

He is the first Hornets player to sign a CFL contract.

Edmonton is a 13-time Grey Cup winner in the CFL and opens its season on June 29 with a home game against Saskatchewan.

'Packy' Purnell loses battle with cancer

Shenandoah'S Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that former Hornets football player Patrick "Packy" Purcell died Wednesday morning after losing his battle with cancer.

Purcell, a 2012 graduate who played four years of football at SU with his brother, Sean Purcell, and was engaged to former women's soccer player Caroline Staples, had been fighting cancer since 2011.

The cancer, which started in his colon, grew into his liver and eventually into his brain before taking his life early Wednesday morning.

Earlier this spring, the Shenandoah University SAAC held a fundraiser, "Play4Packy", which generated more than $1000 in donations from the university and its supporters.

This money was delivered to Packy last week by members of the athletic department.

Funeral arrangements are pending.



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