Cougars in the CFL

SINGOR MOBLEY, a key member of WSU's fabled Palouse Posse defense of the early 1990s, is no stranger to playing pressure-packed games in the cold. So it's little wonder he looks so comfortable patrolling the secondary for the CFL's potent Edmonton Eskimos.

Going into Week 11, the Eskimos have the second-best record in the league at 8-2 and Mobley again has established himself as one of loop's leading DBs. The Tacoma product so far has 34 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, three deflections and three interceptions which he has returned for a whopping 115 yards.

One of those picks, which he returned 54 yards for a touchdown, earned him CFL Defensive Player of the Week honors last week -- the second time this season he has been so named.

The former Dallas Cowboy is looking to get back to the Grey Cup, where he last appeared in 1996, a nail-biting 43-37 defeat to Doug Flutie and the Toronto Argonauts. There's added incentive for Mobley and his teammates this season as November's Grey Cup will be played at home in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium.

Mobley is one of six Cougars currently on CFL rosters. The others are DB Anthony Prior (B.C.); receiver Nakao McElrath (B.C.), running back Dave Minnich (Toronto), punter Glenn Harper (Ottowa) and center Bryan Chiu (Montreal).

HARPER, YOU ASK? The same Glenn Harper who saved the day way back in the 1983 Apple Cup with that picture-perfect hit on Danny Greene?

Yes, that's him. Now 39, he retired from the CFL in 1996 after a stellar 13-year career. But after managing a golf supply store and selling cars at a Chrysler dealership, he decided he'd give football a final try, primarily because he wanted his children, six and 11, to see him play.

So he signed with the expansion Renegades in January and is averaging more than 40 yards per kick. Some observers say he may be better than ever, nailing coffin-corners and lofting healthy hang times.

WSU HAS A storied history of players in the CFL. Four former Cougars are in the CFL Hall of Fame: By Bailey, George Reed, Hugh Campbell and Brian Kelly. For more information about their pro careers, click to the history section of CF.C and scroll down to the Hall of Fame category.

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