Lucas Steele Tasker (born January 18, 1991) is an American wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Tasker was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Tasker played college football at Cornell, and is the son of 7-time Pro Bowler and current CBS Sports color analyst Steve Tasker.
Tasker attended St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York. Tasker was named first team all-state in his Senior season as a defensive back. He was a team captain for his Junior and Senior seasons at high school. Tasker also was selected as academic player of the year and was a member of the Western New York all-academic team as a defensive back during his senior season in high school.
Tasker played college football at Cornell University, and majored in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He was an Honorable mention all-Ivy pick during his Junior season. On September 15, 2012, In the season opening loss against Fordham in which he recorded 10 receptions along with 177 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. In the next game against Yale in which he had a team leading 10 receptions and a team leading 138 receiving yards along with two receiving touchdowns. On October 16, 2012, he was named the Ivy League co-offensive player of the week along with Cornell Quarterback Chris Amrhein for his outstanding performance against Monmouth in which he had 11 receptions, a school record 280 receiving yards along with one receiving touchdown. During his senior season, on October 27, 2012 in a regular season game against Princeton in which he had 10 receptions for 201 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns as Cornell beat the Princeton Tigers 37-35. On November 20, 2012, he was selected to the Ivy league team during his Senior season. He finished college with 171 receptions, 2,482 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns.
San Diego Chargers
On April 27, 2013, Tasker signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. However, Tasker did not make the team and was cut on August 30.
Tasker signed to the practice roster with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on September 17, 2013. Tasker was reunited with Kent Austin (the head coach of the Tiger-Cats), who had been his head coach at Cornell University. He was moved to the active roster and made his CFL debut on September 28, 2013 against the Calgary Stampeders. He caught his first career touchdown in a 33–19 win over the Toronto Argonauts on October 4, 2013. Tasker only appeared in 5 games for the Ti-Cats during his rookie season, finishing the year with 202 receiving yards on 13 catches with 1 touchdown. His second season in the CFL, the 2014 CFL season, was a breakout year for Luke Tasker. He led the team in receptions (72), receiving yards (937) and was tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns (5) along with Brandon Banks. Tasker was recognized for his successful season when he was named a CFL East All-Star for the 2014 season. Following the 2014 season Tasker passed up on an offer from the Green Bay Packers of the NFL and the agreed to a contract extension with the Ti-Cats.
He is the son of Steve and Sarah Tasker and has three brothers and one sister. His father is Steve Tasker, who was a wide receiver and special teams player in the National Football League.
On March 11, 2014, Tasker joined the staff of WBBZ-TV as a sports reporter. He will serve in that capacity as he continues his playing career with the Tiger-Cats. WBBZ canceled all of its sports programming no later than September 2015.