Hugh O'Neill (Canadian football)

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Hugh O'Neill
No. 70     Edmonton Eskimos
Born: (1990-01-20) January 20, 1990 (age 28)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
Status Active
CFL status National
Position(s) P/K
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 375 lb (170 kg)
University Alberta
High school Ross Sheppard
CFL draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 11
Drafted by BC Lions
Career history
As player
20112013 BC Lions
20132014 Edmonton Eskimos
2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders
2015 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2017–present Edmonton Eskimos
Career stats
  • Playing stats at CFL.ca

Hugh O'Neill (born January 20, 1990) is a professional Canadian football punter and placekicker for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted 11th overall by the BC Lions in the 2011 CFL Draft. In the Canadian Football League’s Amateur Scouting Bureau final rankings, he was ranked as the eighth best player for players eligible in the 2011 draft, and fifth by players in the CIS.[1] He played CIS football with the Alberta Golden Bears.

Professional career

BC Lions

O'Neill was drafted in the second round and 11th overall by the BC Lions in the 2011 CFL Draft and was signed by the team on May 30, 2011.[2] His first two years with the BC Lions were spent on the injured list, a conventional way in the CFL to hide players from the salary cap while keeping the player protected from poaching by other teams. In his third year (2013 season) the team restructured the contract of the incumbent Paul McCallum so that O'Neill and McCallum could share the role. In the first exhibition game of that season in Calgary, he kicked five field goals, including a 47-yard attempt in the driving rain that went in off the crossbar to win the game with less than a minute left. He played the second exhibition game as well when McCallum picked up a last-minute injury in the pregame warm up, but got no field attempts in that game. McCallum's injury was serious enough to keep him out of the first regular season game, so on June 28, 2013, O'Neill suited up for his first regular season game. On August 16, 2013, entering Week 8 of the 2013 CFL season, the Lions released O'Neill due to a contract dispute.[3]

Edmonton Eskimos

On August 19, 2013, he was signed by his hometown Edmonton Eskimos.[4] For the next game he was assigned to do the field goal kicking, with incumbent Grant Shaw handling the punting and kickoffs. O'Neill was good on his first attempt as an Eskimo, from 46 yards out, and on his second, a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.[5] Including that game, he was the Eskimos' placekicker for seven games in the 2013 season, making 11 of 16 field goal attempts. He returned to the Eskimos in 2014, but remained off the game day roster to begin the season as Shaw had won all three kicking duties. Following an injury to Shaw in the Labour Day Classic on September 1, 2014, O'Neill took over placekicking, punting, and kickoffs for the rest of the season, playing in eight regular season games and both Eskimos' playoff games. He connected on 20 of 26 field goal attempts while averaging 44.4 yards-per-punt. The Eskimos released O'Neill on January 21, 2015.[6]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

O'Neill signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on February 3, 2015.[7] He was released June 20, 2015 after the final pre-season game against Calgary on June 19, 2015.[8]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

O'Neill signed a practice roster agreement with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 30, 2015.[9] He played in his first game as a Tiger-Cat on July 2, 2015, recording two punts for a 38.5 yard average.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  2. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/lions-lock-up-draft-class-of-2011 Lions lock up draft class of 2011
  3. ^ Released by the Lions
  4. ^ Esks sign Hugh O'Neill
  5. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/statistics/statsGame/id/10687
  6. ^ Eskimos release K/P Hugh O'Neill
  7. ^ Riders sign K O'Neill; extend DB Turenne
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  9. ^ Tiger-Cats sign K/P Hugh O'Neill

External links

  • [x Hamilton Tiger-Cats bio][permanent dead link]
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders bio
  • Edmonton Eskimos bio
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