Riders sign former North Texas QB Fine

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/05/2021 09:00 AM
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Over his four seasons, Cherokee Nation citizen Mason Fine completed 1,039 passes for 12,505 yards, 93 touchdowns and just 39 interceptions while rushing for seven scores. COURTESY
SASKATCHEWAN, Canada – The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American quarterback Mason Fine to a three-year contract.  

A Cherokee Nation citizen, Fine (5’11-190 lbs) joins the Riders after a stellar collegiate career at the University of North Texas that has him sitting 28th all-time in passing yards in college football history and saw him shatter his school’s records in at least seven categories.

The 23-year-old started nine games as a true freshman in 2016 and never looked back, playing in 49 career games for the Mean Green. Over his four seasons, he completed 1,039 passes for 12,505 yards, 93 touchdowns and just 39 interceptions while rushing for seven scores. He left North Texas as the school’s all-time leading passer (12,505 yards), first in passing touchdowns (93), first in passer efficiency (140.68), first in touchdowns (100), the record-holder in career completions (1,039) and career pass attempts (1,655) and with the most 300-yard passing games in school history (18). 

Fine was twice awarded the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018), twice named first-team All-CUSA (2017, 2018), and in his senior year he was named the top college quarterback in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, while also earning second-team All-CUSA honors. In addition, for his strong showing as a freshman QB, the Oklahoma native was named to the All-CUSA Freshman team in 2016. 

After going unselected in the 2020 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears brought Fine in for a workout in August, however, there was no contract offer following the session. Fine sat out the entire 2020 season without playing football.

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