Quarterback Jazz Lindsey, receiver Alex Charette and defensive end Cam Walker will be playing for the West squad when the annual CIS All Star game takes place next month. The game features the best CIS players who will be entering their draft year the following spring. It is a showcase of CIS talent, both in the game and at the multi-day UnderArmour combine that precedes it. All CFL teams attend to evaluate future prospects. A few more details about the trio of Gryphons in this gryphons.ca story:
Quarterbacking the West team at TD Stadium will be Guelph’s Jazz Lindsey and Manitoba’s Jordan Yantz. Lindsey of Markham, Ont. had a strong season for the Gryphons, finishing with a total of 1805 yards and 13 touchdowns in his third year.
Cam Walker of London, Ont. helped lead one of the top defences in the OUA this year. The 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end earned his second OUA all-star nod in 2013 after tallying 26.5 tackles and four sacks in 2013.
Alex Charette of St. Catharine’s, Ont. was one of the top receivers for the Gryphons this past season racking up 468 yards on 36 catches. Along with his excellent receiving yards Charette is a dangerous weapon for the Gryphons on special teams. He was named the OUA and CIS special teams player of the year in September after an electrifying 125-yard touchdown off a missed field goal in the Gryphons win over Waterloo.
It was fortuitous for linebacker John Rush that he was invited to participate as a sophomore since he would have been unable to play this year. Past Gryphon participants in the East-West Bowl include:
2013 – Rush, Rob Farquharson and Jeff Finley
2012 – Dillon Dimitroff, Cam Thorn and Jake Piotrowski
2011 – Jordan Duncan, Mike Millar and Saxon Lindsey
2010 – Jedd Gardner, Sebastian Howard and James Savoie
2009 – Adam Dunk, Nick FitzGibbon, Grant MacDonald and Rob Maver
2008 – Justin Dunk, Andrew Crosby, Chris Gervais and Jamie Shaw
2007 – Justin Dunk and Ian Keleher
2006 – Chris Hladich, Adam Wigdor and Dave McKoy
2005 – Andrew VanKerrebroek, Ryan Keleher, Andrew Oosterhuis, Pete DeGouw and Chris McIntyre
2004 – Mike Dougherty, Kevin Adam and Trevor Small
2003 – Anthony Mason and Mike Dougherty
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From today’s CIS press release:
OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday the rosters for the 12th annual East West Bowl, presented by Under Armour. The all-star showcase is set for Saturday, May 10, 2014 at TD Stadium on the campus of Western University in London, Ont. Official website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/eastwestbowl/index
Western will host the game for the sixth straight year. The contest was previously held at McMaster (2008), Laval (2007, 2006) and Wilfrid Laurier (2005, 2004, 2003). Kickoff for the 2014 edition is scheduled for 1 p.m.
In addition to the game itself, the week-long event includes daily practices, the Under Armour Combine for participating players (May 6), the Free Agent Combine for players eligible to attend 2014 CFL training camps and not participating in the East West Bowl (May 7), a coaches clinic featuring presentations by CFL coaches and CIS mentors (May 9-10), the annual Friday night banquet (May 9), as well as the inaugural CIS 7-on-7 Passing Tournament (May 10).
Two familiar faces – Laval’s Glen Constantin (East) and Calgary’s Blake Nill (West) – will serve as head coaches for the spring classic. The old foes, whose teams faced off in the Vanier Cup final last fall, rank 1-2 in East West Bowl appearances as bench boss with seven and five, respectively.
Full story and complete rosters here.