May 20, 2024

TRANSACTION | Elks sign American quarterback Cole McDonald

Cole McDonald with the Houston Roughnecks | XFL-Houston Roughnecks - XFL News Hub

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks have signed American Cole McDonald (QB), the team announced Monday.

McDonald returns to the CFL after spending parts of the 2021 season with the Toronto Argonauts, where he completed four of eight passes for 45 yards in one appearance. The six-foot-four pivot most recently played with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL in 2023, throwing for 437 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games — including two as a starter. McDonald was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, spending time on the Titans (2020) and Arizona Cardinals (2021) practice roster.

Collegiately, McDonald played four seasons at the University of Hawaii (2016-19), passing for 8,032 yards and 70 touchdowns in 33 games for the Rainbow Warriors. The La Mirada, Calif., native was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team and was selected as the team’s Alec Waterhouse Team MVP in 2019.

2024 marks the 75th season of pro football in Edmonton, as the Elks open a new CFL campaign on Saturday, June 8 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium. Season tickets are available now, with all youth season tickets $75 (17 and under) and adult tickets starting at $175.




The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

2024 marks 75 seasons of Green and Gold football, as the Club celebrates it’s tradition of excellence (Grey Cup championships: 1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015), while looking to the future. Edmonton kicks off the 2024 CFL season at home on Saturday, June 8.

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