Sports Signings, Football Argo’s Sign QB and Former Pro Boweler

From our friends at the Argos:

Less than one month until CFL training camps open and the Toronto Argonauts have bolstered their offence by signing QB Stephen Reaves and former Pro Bowl WR/KR Jerome Mathis.

Reaves, 24, played two seasons with the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles after transferring from Michigan State. In his senior year in 2007, Reaves completed 95 passes, three for touchdowns. While at Michigan State in 2004, he completed 23-of-58 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns. A coaching majoring in college, he was hired as an offensive coaching intern with the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

Mathis has NFL experience with both the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans. His best season came in 2005 when he was one of the best kick returners in the NFL and was one of just three rookies selected to the Pro Bowl team. During that season, Mathis set a franchise record by scoring a 99-yard return touchdown, the longest in team history. He also holds the NCAA record for career kick return average with 26.6 yards per run while at Hampton.

Stephen Reaves

Quarterback

6’1”, 208 lbs.

Southern Mississippi

Born: December 5, 1984

Tampa Bay, Florida

1st Year Argos / 1st Year CFL

Import

Acquired: Signed as a free agent on May 11, 2009.

2008: Hired by the Oakland Raiders (NFL) as a coaching intern.

College: Played 2004 & 2005 at Michigan State before transferring to Southern Mississippi… 2007 Played in 8 games for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, recording 151 passing attempts and 95 completions with 3 TDs…2006 First season with Southern Mississippi after transferring from Michigan State… Played in eight games off the bench, seeing action on 177 snaps…Threw for 488 yards on 37-of-72 passes with a pair of touchdowns and one interception… 2005 Injured his knee in the first game of the season…Ran the scout team for the season…2004 Played in five games at Michigan State…Completed 23-of-58 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns, against five interceptions.

Personal: Stephen’s parents are John and Patti. His father was an All-American quarterback at Florida and played 9 years (1972-81, 87) in the NFL with Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Houston and Tampa Bay after being the 14th overall pick in the 1972 NFL Draft. Stephen grew up in Tampa, Florida where attended Plant High School as a highly-touted college quarterback prospect. He majored in coaching and sport administration while at Southern Mississippi. During the off-season, Stephen enjoys salt-water fishing in his hometown of Tampa Bay.

Jerome Mathis

Receiver/Kick Returner

5’11”, 184 lbs.

Hampton

Born: July 28, 1983

Petersburg, Virginia

1st Year Argos / 1st Year CFL

Import

Acquired: Signed as a free agent on May 11, 2009.

2008: Signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins (NFL) on April 4 and waived on May 15.

2007: Played in 3 games with Houston before being placed on IR…Had 11 kickoff returns for a 29.1-yard average and one TD…Caught one pass for 15 yards.

2006: Slowed most of the season with an injured foot suffered during the Pro Bowl…Started season on the physically unable to perform list…Missed training camp and the first 11 games of the season…Activated at Oakland on December 3 and returned three kickoffs for 111 yards, LG 87…Finished season on IR.

2005: Drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round, 114th overall, of the NFL Draft…Named to AFC Pro Bowl roster as kick return specialist…Became first Texan to be named to Associated Press All-Pro Team…Became first Texan to be named to the All –NFL team as a kick-return specialist by Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America…Set single-game team record of seven kickoffs for 266 yards (fifth most in NFL history) at Indianapolis (23/10/05)… Scored first kickoff return TD in team history (89-yards) and averaged single-game club record 38.0 yards per return…Caught first career TD pass (34 yards) on the opening drive against Cleveland 30/10/05)…Tied a personal and team record with 266 yards on seven returns at Kansas City (23/11/05)…Scored a 99-yard return for a touchdown making it the longest return in team history.

College: Rated as the fastest player at the 2005 NFL Scouting Combine running a combine-best 4.28 second 40-yard dash…Broke the NCAA all-time record for career kickoff return average with a 26.6-yard average…Holds the NCAA record for career kickoff returns for a TD with six…2004 Started 12 games and led Division I-AA as a senior with an average of 29.5 yards per catch (29 rec. for 864 yards) and 9 touchdowns…Scored 2 touchdowns on 173 rushing yards…2003 Started 11 games and caught 40 passes for 977 yards and 9 TD… 2002 Started 12 games as a sophomore and amassed 1,220 all-purpose yards…Caught 24 passes for 615 yards and three touchdowns…Scored 1 rushing TD on 188 rushing yards…2001 Freshman.

Personal: Jerome Alvon Mathis resides in Houston, Texas in the off-season. He participated in track in college and won the 200 meter dash at the 2003 and 2004 NCAA East Regional.

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