Congrats to Johnny Augustine

Johnny Augustine had a great 5 year career at Guelph. In fitting fashion he capped it off as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year, winning the Stu Lang Trophy.

Augustine began his career with a 100+ rushing performance in his first game. He earned OUA All-Rookie Team honours that season. He finished his career 3rd on the Gryphons all-time rushing list with 2,742 rushing yards. Augustine also caught 39 passes and scored 28 touchdowns.

Johnny Augustine

Johnny Augustine flanked by Coach John Casasanta (l) and Head Coach Emeritus Stuart Lang (r)

At last week’s Wildman Dinner, HC Kevin MacNeill shared the news that Augustine had been signed by a CFL team for 2018. MacNeill didn’t reveal the name of that team as they wanted to make their own announcement.

Three days later we learned the identity of that team via Justin Dunk, though the Riders still have not officially announced the signing.

From the 3DownNation blog

University of Guelph running back Johnny Augustine has been added to the Saskatchewan Roughriders negotiation list.

The Riders grabbed Augustine during the double secret neg list draft in December – it’s rare to see a Canadian taking up a neg list spot, which means Saskatchewan clearly has a strong interest.

Augustine had a strong performance at the CFL Combine in Regina last March in which he excelled in the pass protection and one-on-one receiving sessions. He was ranked No. 17 in the final version of the CFL Scouting Bureau, but after going unselected in the 2017 CFL draft, Augustine attended training camp as a non-counter with Edmonton. Each team can bring two Canadian players to training camp as long as they have not played a down in the CFL. Just like CFL draft picks, those players do not count as part of the team’s 75-man roster.

Best of luck Johnny!

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