Boseko Lokombo
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Lokombo with the Lions in 2023
No. 20 – BC Lions
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-10-15) October 15, 1990 (age 33)
Kinshasa, Zaire
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Abbotsford (BC) W. J. Mouat
College:Oregon
CFL Draft:2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 21
Undrafted:2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:National
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career CFL statistics
Tackles:155
Sacks:5
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

Boseko Lokombo (born October 15, 1990) is a Congolese-Canadian professional Canadian football linebacker for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Oregon. Lokombo has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Montreal Alouettes, and Toronto Argonauts.

Early years

Lokombo was born in Kinshasa, Zaire, but moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1996. Lokombo was raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where he attended W. J. Mouat Secondary School. As a senior, he recorded 47 tackles with four interceptions and also played wide receiver and running back. He ran for 1,556 yards on 107 carries (14.54 avg.) and 22 touchdowns, and caught 37 passes for 728 yards. He was named the Provincial AAA Eastern Conference All-Star Offensive MVP. He played his junior prep season at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon where he recorded more than 50 tackles.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 27th best outside linebacker prospect of his class.[1]

Professional career

BC Lions

In the Canadian Football League's Amateur Scouting Bureau final rankings, he was ranked as the best player for players eligible in the 2013 CFL Draft.[2] Because he was a probable National Football League draft selection in 2014, his CFL draft stock fell, leading him to be drafted in the third round, 21st overall, by his hometown BC Lions.[3] He returned to play with the Oregon Ducks for the 2013 season, but went undrafted and unsigned in the NFL. He signed with the BC Lions on September 8, 2014. Joining the Lions midway through the season Lokombo spent one game on the injured list before being activated to the Lions' 46-man roster and appearing in the final seven regular season game as well as the post-season. Seeing action exclusively on special teams, he recorded nine tackles on the year, good enough for seventh place on the club. In 2015 Lokombo saw action mostly on special teams. He recorded 26 defensive tackles, good for 12th on the team, despite limited action. He got his first CFL sack on a missed snap in a game at Hamilton. Bo Lokombo excelled on special teams leading the league with 24 tackles, earning his first CFL West All-star.[4] The Lions granted early free agent status to Lokombo so he could pursue an NFL opportunity.[5]

Baltimore Ravens

On January 31, 2017, Lokombo signed a reserve/future contract with the Baltimore Ravens.[6] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Ravens' practice squad the next day.[7][8] He was released on September 26, 2017.

Oakland Raiders

On September 28, 2017, Lokombo was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad.[9] He was released on October 10, 2017.[10]

San Francisco 49ers

On November 29, 2017, Lokombo was signed to the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad.[11] He signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers on January 2, 2018.[12] Lokombo was released on April 30, 2018.[13]

BC Lions (II)

On May 7, 2018 the BC Lions announced that Boseko Lokombo would be returning to the CFL, having signed a new contract to play for the Lions.[14] He recorded 71 defensive tackles, 16 special teams tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions in 18 regular season games.[15]

Montreal Alouettes

On the first day of 2019 free agency, Lokombo signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes.[15] He played in 15 regular season games where he had 51 defensive tackles, 8 special teams tackles, and two interceptions as he split time between linebacker and safety.

Toronto Argonauts

Lokombo was traded to the Toronto Argonauts on January 31, 2020.[16] He did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and was released by the Argonauts on January 31, 2021.[17]

BC Lions (III)

On the day following his Toronto release, Lokombo signed with the BC Lions on February 1, 2021.[18] He scored his first career touchdown on a 20-yard interception return on September 11, 2021 against the Ottawa Redblacks.[19] Lokombo played in all 14 regular season games and finished with 66 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, and one touchdown. For his strong season, he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian.[20]

References

  1. ^ Boseko Lokombo – Yahoo Sports
  2. ^ "CFL Scouting Bureau releases April rankings". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  3. ^ Abbotsford's Bo Lokombo has the NFL in his sights despite CFL Draft interest
  4. ^ "Lions sign 2013 draft pick". Archived from the original on 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  5. ^ "Lions Grant Lokombo Early Release". CFL.ca. January 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Mink, Ryan (January 31, 2017). "Ravens Sign Two Canadian Football League Players". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  7. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 2, 2017). "Ravens Make 15 Moves To Set 53-Man Roster Ahead Of 2017 Season". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 3, 2017). "Ravens Sign Six Players To 2017 Practice Squad". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Raiders Announce Transactions – September 28". Raiders.com. September 28, 2017. Archived from the original on September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Raiders Sign CB Demetrius McCray". Raiders.com. October 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". 49ers.com. November 29, 2017. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "49ers Sign Nine Players to Reserves/Future Contracts". 49ers.com. January 2, 2018. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "49ers release LB Donavin Newsom, four others to reach roster limit". Sacbee.com. April 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Lokombo returns to CFL, signs with Lions – Article – TSN". TSN. 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  15. ^ a b "Alouettes add Posey, Lokombo and Levels". montrealalouettes.com. February 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Trade: Argos acquire Canadian LB Bo Lokombo". argonauts.ca. January 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "Argos ink Speller to a deal + make other moves". Toronto Argonauts. January 31, 2021. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  18. ^ "Lions Bring Back Lokombo, Sign Guzylak-Messam To Extension". BC Lions. February 1, 2021.
  19. ^ "Ottawa Redblacks vs BC Lions". Canadian Football League. September 11, 2021.
  20. ^ "Recap: Bombers names laced through CFL Awards". Canadian Football League. December 13, 2021.