Keeping Score

13 players from Mississippi schools on CFL rosters

It's Canadian football, but it's still football.

There are a total of 13 players who competed at Mississippi colleges who are currently battling for roster spots in the Canadian Football League.

CFL teams conducted their first major cuts on Sunday before the league enters the final week of the preseason. The final cuts will take place on Saturday with the regular season starting on June 26. 

For the first time in a long time, there are no former Southern Miss players in the CFL.

Former USM linebacker Gerald McRath signed with the Calgary Stampeders in May, but was granted his release not long after arriving due to a recurring knee injury.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats cut former USM receiver Kelvin Bolden, an Ocean Springs native, on Sunday.

Former George County star Alonzo Lawrence, who played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is with Toronto. While Lawrence was on the roster at Alabama and Southern Miss, he never played a game for either school.

Here are your players from Mississippi schools currently in the CFL:

B.C. Lions

Emmanuel Arceneaux – Alcorn State – WR

Edmonton Eskimos

Marcell Young – Jackson State – DB 

Thaddeus Coleman – Mississippi Valley State – OT

Brandon McRae – Mississippi State – WR

Daniel Ross – Northeast Mississippi Community College - DT

Domonique Johnson – Jackson State – CB

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Marshay Green – Ole Miss – DB

Rod Williams – Alcorn State – DB

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Korey Banks – Mississippi State – DB 

Jayamar Johnson – Jackson State – WR

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Jeremiah Masoli – Ole Miss – QB

Ted Laurent – Ole Miss – DT

Toronto Argonauts

Alonzo Lawrence – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – DB

With each season, the CFL is getting more and more exposure on American television.

Last season, a good number of CFL games were televised on either ESPN2 or NBC Sports Network. All other CFL games are available on or the Watch ESPN app.

While the CFL has yet to release its U.S. TV contract for the 2014 campaign, games will be available again on ESPN3 and there are some games that will be shown on ESPN and ESPN2.

Games to be broadcast on ESPN & ESPN2 include:

* 2 p.m., June 28 - Montreal vs. Calgary Stampeders - ESPN2

* 2 p.m., July 5 - Saskatchewan vs. Toronto - ESPN2

* 7:30 p.m., July 17 - Edmonton vs. Winnpeg - ESPN2

* 8 p.m., July 24 - Calgary vs. Edmonton - ESPN2

* 6 p.m., July 31 - Winnipeg vs. Hamilton - ESPN

There's the possibility that NBCSN could have its own lineup of CFL games again this year.