Dakota Prukop
Prukop before a Toronto Argonauts game in 2019.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1993-10-17) October 17, 1993 (age 28)
Newport, California, United States
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Austin (TX) Vandegrift
College:Montana State
Oregon
Undrafted:2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Passing completions:36
Passing attempts:56
Passing yards:467
TDINT:4–4
Player stats at CFL.ca

Dakota Prukop (born October 17, 1993) is a professional gridiron football quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for Montana State from 2013 to 2015 and for Oregon in 2016.

College career

Prukop transferred to the University of Oregon upon his graduation from Montana State University. Prukop announced his intentions to transfer to Oregon on December 15, 2015.[1] On January 5, 2016, Prukop began classes at Oregon, officially joining the football team.[2] After struggling in the Ducks' fifth game against Washington State, Prukop was benched and freshman quarterback Justin Herbert took over for the rest of the year.

Professional career

Toronto Argonauts

On May 23, 2017, Prukop signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He played in nine games as the third-string quarterback, but also saw time on special teams, recording six special teams tackles for the year. While he didn't dress in any playoff games, he was a member of the 105th Grey Cup championship team in 2017.[3] In 2018, he began the year as the fourth-string quarterback again, but was promoted to the active roster and regularly dressed as the third-string quarterback due to an injury to the team's starter, Ricky Ray. Following the Ray's retirement, Prukop became the team's third-string quarterback entering the 2019 Toronto Argonauts season, but was soon elevated to back up following an injury to starter, James Franklin. He saw his first action at quarterback on July 25, 2019 against the Edmonton Eskimos in relief of McLeod Bethel-Thompson, but he threw two interceptions and the team lost 26-0.[4] Later that season, after the Argonauts had been eliminated from post-season contention, he again saw game action and threw his first career touchdown pass to Rodney Smith on a 13-yard completion on October 26, 2019 against the Ottawa Redblacks.[5] As a pending free agent in 2020, he was released during the free agency negotiation window on February 7, 2020.[6]

Calgary Stampeders

On February 11, 2020, Prukop signed with the Calgary Stampeders.[7] He did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and re-signed with the Stampeders on January 8, 2021.[8] However, he was released near the end of training camp on July 29, 2021.[9]

Edmonton Elks

On July 30, 2021, it was announced that Prukop had signed with the Edmonton Elks.[10] He played in eight regular season games where he completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 183 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was released on February 14, 2022.[11]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On February 15, 2022, it was announced that Prukop had signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a one-year contract.[12]

References

  1. ^ Nemec, Andrew (December 15, 2015). "Dakota Prukop will succeed at Oregon, says former Ducks QB, Montana State coach Cody Kempt". OregonLive.com. Advance Publications. Archived from the original on December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Jennings, Chantel (January 5, 2016). "Dakota Prukop excited to finally be on campus, start workouts". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Ralph, Dan (May 29, 2018). "Argonauts QB Dakota Prukop gets time to shine". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Toronto Argonauts vs Edmonton Eskimos". cfl.ca. July 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Argos get major contributions from their young quarterbacks, Canadian Football League, October 27, 2019, retrieved October 27, 2019
  6. ^ "Argos release 12 players". Toronto Argonauts. February 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Stamps add former Argos backup QB Dakota Prukop, Canadian Football League, February 11, 2020, retrieved February 11, 2020
  8. ^ "Stampeders sign Prukop and Pinto". Stampeders.com. January 8, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Stampeders transactions". Stampeders.com. July 29, 2021. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  10. ^ "Elks sign QB Dakota Prukop". Edmonton Elks. July 30, 2021. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  11. ^ "Duron Carter joins Elks as defensive back". cfl.ca. February 14, 2022.
  12. ^ "Bombers sign QB Dakota Prukop". cfl.ca. February 15, 2022.