EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League have signed Missouri State product Cody Kirby
to a free agent contract, the club announced late Friday (April 29).
During the 2010 season, Kirby became the Missouri Valley Football Conference's all-time leader in pass attempts (1,172) and the first MSU quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in three straight seasons. He finished second in MVFC history in total offense (9,019) and became the fifth MVFC passer to reach 8,000 career passing yards, finishing No. 3 all-time at 8,183. He tossed 48 TD passes in his career.
As a senior, he completed 57 percent of his passes, connecting on 179-of-313 attempts for 2,307 yards and 10 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also led the squad in scoring with 13 rushing touchdowns. He leaves the MSU program as the Bears' career leader in seven statistical categories, including passing yards and total offense, while finishing seventh in scoring. He earned MVFC postseason honors all four seasons, including 2007 MVFC Freshman of the Year laurels, and started 41 consecutive games as the Bears' quarterback.
“We were impressed enough with Cody during his workout two weeks ago at Ole Miss that he earned an invite to our mini-camp in Edmonton,“ Eskimos General Manager Eric Tillman said in a team news release. “His success at Missouri State is well documented and we’re intrigued by his upside and potential. There is no doubt however that he has the arm strength to make every single throw on the wider and longer Canadian field.”
He is the first MSU player to sign with a CFL team since Mike Radon (Hamilton Tiger Cats) in 2007 and is the 12th Bear to sign a pro contract in Canada.