James Tuck
No. 49     Edmonton Elks
Born: (1990-06-12) June 12, 1990 (age 31)
Aurora, Ontario
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusNational
Position(s)FB
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight230 lb (100 kg)
UniversityYork
OVFLNewmarket Storm
High schoolAurora (ON) Cardinal
CFL draft2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 31
Drafted byMontreal Alouettes
Career history
As player
20142016Montreal Alouettes
2016Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2017Toronto Argonauts
2017–presentEdmonton Eskimos / Elks
Career stats

James Tuck (born June 12, 1990) is a Canadian football fullback for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in the fourth round of the 2014 CFL Draft. He played CIS football at York. Tuck also played junior football for the Newmarket Storm of the Ontario Varsity Football League.

Early years

Tuck played hockey at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora, Ontario.[1] He played hockey in the Aurora Minor Hockey Association and York Simcoe Express triple-A programs growing up. He did not play football in high school as Cardinal Carter Catholic was a non-football school. Tuck first played football for the Newmarket Storm of the Ontario Varsity Football League. He never learned the playbook during his time with the storm. He played for the Storm for two seasons before join the York Lions.[2]

College career

Tuck played for the York Lions of York University from 2010 to 2013.[1] He was a linebacker his first two seasons before switching to defensive end for his last two years.[3] He played in seven games for the team during his freshman year in 2010, recording 24.5 tackles and one pass breakup. Tuck appeared in three games for the Lions in 2011, totaling 9.5 tackles and one forced fumble. He started eight games for the team in 2012, accumulating 33 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.[1] He won the Nobby Wirkowski Defensive MVP Trophy as the Lions' most valuable defensive player and played in the 2013 East West Bowl.[3][1] Tuck started eight games his senior season in 2013, recording 41.5 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He again earned the Nobby Wirkowski Defensive MVP Trophy in 2013.[3][1] He was in the Business and Society program at York.[1][3]

Professional career

Tuck earned an invite to the CFL’s National Combine after participating in the Toronto regional combine.[1][3]

Tuck was selected by the Montreal Alouettes with the 31st pick in the 2014 CFL Draft.[3][4] He played in nine games for the Alouettes as a linebacker in 2014, totaling five special teams tackles.[5][4] He also recorded four special teams tackles in two playoff games.[5] Tuck played in five games for the team during the 2015 season, spending time at defensive end and fullback. He signed a one-year contract with the Alouettes on February 5, 2016.[6][7] He was released by the Alouettes on July 2, 2016.[8] He played in one game for the Alouettes in 2016.[9]

Tuck was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on July 4, 2016. He was placed on the injured list on August 2 and was activated on August 25, 2016.[8] He played in 14 games for the Blue Bombers in 2016.[9]

In February 2017, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts.[10] He was demoted to the practice squad on July 22 and was released by the Argonauts on August 21, 2017.[11] He played in four games for the Argonauts in 2017, recording four special teams tackles.[9][12]

Tuck signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on August 30, 2017.[11] He was released by the Eskimos on September 8 and re-signed on September 12, 2017.[11] In seven games with Edmonton, Tuck recorded an impressive 16 tackles on special teams, as well as one forced fumble and. Tuck added another forced fumble during the playoffs; his performance in 2017 lead to his contract being extended for 2018.[13] However, during April minicamp, Tuck was lost for the season to a ruptured Achilles tendon.[14] Tuck returned to form in 2019, making 15 special teams tackles and forcing a fumble. He also received his first professional touch, a carry for 5 yards in Edmonton's season finale, which was Tuck's 58th game. He signed a contract extension through the 2021 season on January 11, 2021.[15]

References

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  2. ^ Cudmore, John (May 20, 2014). "No puck luck as Aurora's Tuck drafted to CFL". yorkregion.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "York Lions football defensive end James Tuck drafted to Montreal Alouettes". yfile.news.yorku.ca. May 14, 2014. Archived from the original on June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ a b "ALOUETTES ADD EIGHT". en.montrealalouettes.com. May 13, 2014. Archived from the original on June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
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  6. ^ "ALOUETTES SIGN JAMES TUCK TO A NEW ONE-YEAR DEAL". en.montrealalouettes.com. February 5, 2016. Archived from the original on June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Alouettes re-sign defensive lineman/fullback Tuck". sportsnet.ca. February 5, 2016. Archived from the original on June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ a b "TRANSACTIONS – 2016". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ a b c "JAMES TUCK". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "Toronto Argonauts sign free-agent players James Tuck and Jeff Fuller". Toronto Metro. February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "CFL TRANSACTIONS". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "James Tuck". esks.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "Esks, Tuck agree to contract extension". 6 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Esks lose Tuck to ruptured Achilles". 27 April 2018.
  15. ^ "EE Football Team extends the contracts of six". Esks.com. January 11, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.