Just one day after former Cougar Jadon Wagner was drafted in the Canadian Football League, another former Cougar became a part of the league.
Monday, former BYU cornerback Brian Logan signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Logan said he started thinking about the CFL as one of his options toward the end of this past season.
“I talked to Jadon Wagner about it a couple of times,” he said. “He kind of got my mind ticking a little bit, and I had a few fans say, ‘Hey, have you thought about playing arena or in Canada?’”
Eskimo General Manager Eric Tillman said in a news release he has heard great things about Logan and looks forward to having him on the team.
“Brian Logan comes highly recommended by people at BYU who say he is one of the best defensive players they’ve had in that fine program in the past 10 years,” Tillman said.
“Brian was told he was too short to play at both junior college and Division I, and he’s proven the skeptics wrong at both levels. He’s got terrific speed and an elite level vertical jump and plays much bigger than his size.”
The 5-foot-6, 185-pound Logan said he is just as happy about being a part of the Eskimo team.
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “They seem like they have a strong and successful history, and I definitely want to be a part of that and build the organization.”
The Eskimos are one of eight teams in the CFL. Edmonton finished the 2010 season with a 7-11 record, second-worst in the league. Along with having fewer teams, the CFL also has different rules than American league teams.
“The field is wider, and there’s 12 men on the field [for each team],” Logan said. “Playing the position I played here at BYU will help me out with the CFL because with my position you’re by yourself a lot, and with a wider field I’m going to be playing in more space by myself.”
Logan not only has to make adjustments to new football rules but also to living in a new country, along with his wife Kenna.
“I think she’s more excited than me,” Logan said. “We’re looking at it as an adventure … a journey. We’re still young, and to have an opportunity like this to live in another country and play football and get paid for it is a true blessing.”
Although Logan is ready for a new time in his life, he said it’s hard for him to leave BYU.
“The amount of love and passion that I have for the university and the [football] program, I don’t think words can explain,” he said. “I’ve had the best time of my life. This experience has really helped me and prepared me for the real world. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.”
Football camp for the Eskimos begins on June 1. According to the team’s website, Edmonton has 18 players, including Logan, on its roster who are listed as defensive backs, including 2010 All-CFL team member Chris Thompson. Thompson, who had 43 tackles and seven interceptions last season, was the only player on the Eskimos’ team to make the all-league team.
Logan, who is currently taking spring classes and still has a few classes to take before graduating, said he hopes everything will work out with school and football.
“I’m going to try to talk to my teachers and take my finals early before I have to leave,” he said. “I have three more classes left, so after my season is over in November I’m going to come back to Utah and finish those classes up so I can finish my degree, and then we’ll see what happens from there.”