August 30, 2012

Jerome Messam rejoins Esks

Edmonton Eskimos Staff

(Edmonton) Running back Jerome Messam is back with the Green & Gold after being released by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins last week.

“I appreciate the opportunity I got down there,” Messam says of his tryout with Miami. “I went down there, worked hard, it just wasn’t the right fit for me, so I’m back here ready to go.  I’m happy to be here. This is a great city. I love my teammates , I love the organization and I love the fans.”

Messam may be on the field as soon as today, barring results from his medical, but Coach Kavis Reed doesn’t expect to have him in the line-up as soon as Monday’s game in Calgary. “We already had our game plan and Jerome wasn’t part of that. Right now our focus is on Cory Boyd and Hugh Charles.”

Messam was traded from BC to Edmonton during training camp in 2011 and had a breakout season.  He ended the 2011 as the Esks’ leading rusher (3rd overall in CFL) with 195 carries for 1057 yards and 6 touchdowns.   On October 10 vs. Saskatchewan, Jerome became the first Canadian since 2000 to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.

The product of Graceland University won the Gibson’s Finest CFL Canadian Player of the Week five times during the season and was named Canadian Player of the Month for July.  Messam’s stellar sophomore season was cut short when he suffered a knee injury in the CFL Western Semi-Final.   In addition to the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award, Messam was named both a Western Division All-Star and CFL All-Star.