Lions add six Americans to training camp roster

On the eve of the 2022 minicamp, the BC Lions announced the addition of six Americans to the training camp slate:

OIL cabbage levao, DB Howard WilsonDB Josh ThorntonDL Romeo McKnight, DL Casey Williams and LB Dae’Lun Darien.

Levao (6’6, 350lbs)- transferred for his final two years of college from City College in San Francisco, Hawaii, and made an immediate impact as a junior, starting 11 games at right tackles and three more at center. Helped the Hawaii Offensive finish ninth overall nationally in passing yards. Though injuries limited him to just four starts over the next two seasons, Levao was included in both the Polynesian Player of the Year and the Rimington Trophy Watch Lists. Levao was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa and grew up in Aberdeen, Washington. Levao was a 2016 graduate of Aberdeen High School.

Wilson (6’1, 185lbs)- a fourth-round selection (126thth overall) by the Cleveland Browns in 2017, Wilson was sidelined through injuries in his first two seasons before also coaching with the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.

The Dallas native appeared in 29 games over four seasons for the University of Houston, amassing 107 combined tackles, 24 pass knockdowns, nine interceptions and a return for a touchdown. His five senior interceptions were good for second place in the American Athletic Conference and 13th overall in the nation.

Thornton (5’11, 185lbs)- He last saw action with the XFL DC Defenders in 2020 and has previously had NFL coaching stints in Carolina, Detroit, Baltimore and Houston.

Josh visited southern Utah for two seasons (2015-16) and played in 23 games while recording 70 combined tackles (43 solo, 27 assisted), 11 pass knockdowns and five interceptions.

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McKnight (6’5, 260lbs)- Most recently, he attended training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2021. He moved from Illinois State to Charlotte for his 2020 senior season and recorded 24 defensive tackles and five team high tackles for a loss, along with 1.5 sacks and a team-best three quarterback rushes in six contests. Received an honorable mention from Conference USA.

Williams (6’2, 250lbs)- After playing redshirt at Temple in his native Philadelphia in 2017, Williams transferred to Stony Brook College and played in 39 games with the Seawolves while recording 135 combined tackles (57 solo, 78 assists), 17 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks recorded.

Darien (6’4, 215lbs)- played 17 games at Penn State before moving to Delaware for his last three seasons, totaling 44 tackles, two pass knockdowns and one interception in 31 games. Also pulled in two receptions for 13 yards.

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