Congratulations to tailback Johnny Augustine, quarterback James Roberts and defensive back Orion Edwards on being selected to play in the East-West Bowl!
Congratulations really ought to go out to receiver Jacob Scarfone as well. The CIS All Canadian received an invitation to play but, unfortunately for Scarfone, he will miss the game because he is still rehabbing an injury.
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If there is any surprise in those four selections it is Roberts. Not that his play hasn’t earned him the honour, but second year players are rarely invited. Selection to play in the game is usually reserved for players heading into their 4th or draft-eligible year. John Rush in 2013 is the only other example of a 2nd year player being invited that I can think of.
The other positive for James Roberts is that his selection to the East-West squad assures him of a place in the CFL Quarterback Development program. That means you can expect to see him in a CFL training camp this Spring. An experience like that will only help with his growth and development.
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The 14th annual East-West Bowl will be hosted by McGill University in Montreal for the second consecutive year. It will take place at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. and be broadcast live on CIS-SIC.tv.
Some highlights from the Gryphons.ca story:
Despite having completed just his sophomore season with the Gryphons, Roberts has earned an invite to the East-West Bowl ahead of schedule after a sensational 2015 campaign. This past season, the Cambridge native helped lead the Gryphons to their first Yates Cup title since 1996 while setting a school record for touchdown passes during the regular season with 18 in just 8 games. Roberts also finished 2nd in school history in passes completed (152) & passing yards (2,236). He will quarterback the East prospects along with St. FX pivot Dante Djan.
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Edwards is coming off a solid third year with the Gryphons in which the Newmarket native served as the starting field-side cornerback on one of the top defences in the country. Edwards was part of a U of G defence that ranked in the top 10 nationally in almost every significant category
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Of the 90 CIS players in attendance, few will garner as much attention from CFL scouts as Gryphons running back Johnny Augustine. In 2015, Augustine set a single-season school record with 12 rushing TDs during the regular season (surpassing Gerrit Stam’s mark of 11 set in 1996). The Welland native also had 2 receiving TDs, giving him 14 total TDs on the season – tying the school record for rushing & receiving TDs combined in a single-season (Nick FitzGibbon also had 14 back in 2009). His 814 rushing yards this season put him 7th on U of G’s all-time list for rushing yards in a single-season. Yet perhaps the most impressive stat of all for Augustine is this: in 200 carries during the season (137 during regular season, 63 during playoffs) Augustine fumbled just once.