OTTAWA (CIS) – Daryl Waud, a defensive tackle from Western University, and Addison Richards, a wide receiver from the University of Regina, have been selected to represent CIS football in the 90th edition of the prestigious East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, live on NFL Network. The game will also be live online as a streaming radio broadcast produced by the EWSG Radio Network, which can be accessed on game day at www.shrinegame.com/en/GameWeek.
The longest running university all-star game in the United States, the Shrine Game has been played annually since 1925 to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, as well as cleft lip and palate care, available to patients and families through the 23 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Since 1985, CIS has been represented annually at the event which features over 100 all-stars, primarily from NCAA institutions. Two CIS players have made the trip every year, with the exception of 1985 (1), 2008 (4) and 2012 (3).
The impressive list of past CIS standouts invited to the Shrine Game includes current NFL linemen Akiem Hicks of the New Orleans Saints and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs, who starred for the Regina Rams and McGill Redmen, respectively; former NFLers Mike Schad (Queen's), Randy Chevrier (McGill), Dan Federkeil (Calgary), Samuel Giguère (Sherbrooke) and Israel Idonije (Manitoba); as well as Hec Crighton Trophy winners Don Blair (Calgary), Kojo Aidoo (McMaster), Jesse Lumsden (McMaster) and Andy Fantuz (Western).
Highlighting the list of NFL greats who have participated in the event are Tom Brady, Dick Butkus, Larry Csonka, John Elway, Brett Favre, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Roger Staubach and Kellen Winslow. Coaches include Paul "Bear" Bryant, Jerry Glanville, June Jones, Don Shula, Steve Spurrier and Dick Vermeil.
More than 70 Shrine Game alumni have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Waud, a Hamilton native, will be the third Western player to suit up in the Shrine Game, joining Fantuz (2006), a current CFL all-star receiver with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and former offensive lineman Pierre Vercheval (1988), who was voted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007 following an exceptional 14-year career in the CFL.
In his fourth university campaign, Waud was named a first-team OUA conference all-star for the third straight year and a CIS all-Canadian for the third consecutive season, including his second first-team nod. In eight league games this fall, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound social sciences student racked up 14.5 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for a loss and two pass breakups as the Mustangs finished first in the OUA and second in the country allowing only 83 rushing yards per contest.
After playing in the CIS East West Bowl last May, Waud was ranked fifth by the CFL Scouting Bureau in September on its initial prospect list for the league's 2015 Canadian draft. He moved up to No. 3 and was the top-ranked CIS player on the second list of the season, released on Dec. 10.
"It's an unbelievable honour to have the opportunity to participate in the 90th East-West Shrine Game," Waud said. "Few Canadian players get this opportunity and I am looking forward to the week. I want to make a good impression and represent Canadian football well down south."
"The East-West shrine Game is an excellent opportunity for Daryl to showcase his considerable talents," said Western head coach Greg Marshall. "Daryl has had an outstanding career here at Western. He is most deserving of this invitation and will be an outstanding ambassador for CIS football."
Richards, a local product from Regina, joins an elite group of Rams standouts to be selected for the Shrine Game, including former CFL great Jason Clermont (2002), multiple CFL all-star Brendon LaBatte (2008), CFLer Jordan Cisco (2010), as well as Hicks (2012), who current starts at defensive end for New Orleans.
Following a modest start to his university career that saw him catch seven passes in 10 league matches over his first two campaigns, Richards had a breakthrough season in 2013 meriting second-team all-Canadian status after he hauled in 46 balls for 614 yards in only seven games. This fall, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound science major improved to the first all-Canadian team after he set a school record with 55 receptions in eight contests, led the nation with 916 yard and scored six touchdowns as part of the top-rated passing offence in CIS (394.5 yards per game).
Also an East West Bowl participant last spring, Richards was listed at No. 11 by the CFL Scouting Bureau in September and moved up to No. 9 in the December ranking.
"Addison is a very deserving nominee for the Shrine Game," said Rams head coach Frank McCrystal. "He has the size, strength and speed to compete with the top US college players."
In St. Petersburg, Waud and Richards will suit up for the East and West, respectively, and will get a chance to play for a pair of high-profile coaches.
The East team will be led by Mike Singletary, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 following a remarkable playing career with the Chicago Bears. A two-time All-American at Baylor University, the linebacker was named to 10 Pro Bowls in 12 seasons with Chicago and helped the Bears capture Super Bowl XX in 1986. Singletary's coaching career got underway in 2003 as a linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens. He then joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach and was handed the reins midway through the 2008 season, holding the post until the end of the 2010 campaign. From 2011 to 2013, he was an assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.
Another former NFL bench boss, Jim Zorn, will be in charge of the West troops. A gifted quarterback, Zorn enjoyed a 12-year playing career in the NFL (Seattle, Green Bay, Tampa Bay) and the CFL (Winnipeg), earning a second-team All-Pro selection in 1978 and being named to the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor. He started his coaching career at the college level with Boise State (1988-1991), Utah State (1992-1994) and Minnesota (1995-1996) before making the jump to the pro ranks in 1997 as an assistant with the Seahawks. Following a three-year stint with the Detroit Lions (1998-2000) and a return to Seattle (2001-2007), he became head coach of the Washington Redskins for two seasons in 2008 and 2009. He has since been quarterbacks coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2010) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-2012).
NOTE: The East won the 2014 East-West Shrine Game 23-13 but the West leads the all-time series 47-37-5.
For all the information on the 2015 East-West Shrine Game: www.shrinegame.com
Western CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game
Year Player Pos. Ht. Wt. University Head Coach
2015 Addison Richards WR 6-5 205 Regina Frank McCrystal
2014 Evan Gill DL 6-3 280 Manitoba Brian Dobie
2013 Kirby Fabien OL 6-6 295 Calgary Blake Nill
2012 Ben Heenan OL 6-4 310 Saskatchewan Brian Towriss
2012 Akiem Hicks DL 6-5 300 Regina Frank McCrystal
2011 Anthony Parker SB 6-2 215 Calgary Blake Nill
2010 Jordan Sisco SB 6-1 212 Regina Frank McCrystal
2009 Simeon Rottier OL 6-6 286 Alberta Jerry Friesen
2008 Dylan Barker S 6-4 200 Saskatchewan Brian Towriss
2008 Brendon LaBatte OL 6-4 320 Regina Frank McCrystal
2007 Jordan Rempel OL 6-6 310 Saskatchewan Brian Towriss
2006 Daniel Federkeil DL 6-7 285 Calgary Tony Fasano
2005 Nick Johansson DL 6-2 275 UBC Lou DesLauriers
2004 Ibrahim Khan OL 6-4 305 Simon Fraser Chris Beaton
2003 Israel Idonije DL 6-7 285 Manitoba Brian Dobie
2002 Jason Clermont IR 6-1 236 Regina Frank McCrystal
2001 Carlo Panaro OL 6-2 281 Alberta Tom Wilkinson
2000 Kevin Lefsrud OL 6-4 285 Saskatchewan Brian Towriss
1999 Scott Flory OL 6-4 290 Saskatchewan Brian Towriss
1998 Bob Beveridge OL 6-6 308 UBC Casey Smith
1997 Ben Fairbrother OL 6-4 305 Calgary Tony Fasano
1996 Don Blair WR 6-4 280 Calgary Peter Connellan
1995 Rohn Meyer OL 6-4 280 Calgary Peter Connellan
1994 Travis Serke OL 6-3 290 Saskatchewan Brian Towriss
1993 Chris Konrad DL 6-3 235 Calgary Peter Connellan
1992 Jason Rauhaus DL 6-1 240 Manitoba Scott Spurgeon
1991 Mike Pavelec OL 6-6 280 Calgary Peter Connellan
1990 Mark Singer LB 6-0 221 Alberta Jim Donlevy
1989 Brent Korte DL 6-1 225 Alberta Jim Donlevy
1988 Craig Watson OL 6-2 250 Calgary Peter Connellan
1987 Leo Groenewegen OL 6-4 260 UBC Frank Smith
1986 Kent Warnock DL 6-7 265 Calgary Peter Connellan
1985 Tom Spoletini OL 6-2 270 Calgary Peter Connellan
Eastern CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game
Year Player Pos. Ht. Wt. University Head Coach
2015 Daryl Waud DL 6-5 270 Western Greg Marshall
2014 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OL 6-5 315 McGill Clint Uttley
2013 Matt Sewell OL 6-8 335 McMaster Stefan Ptaszek
2012 Arnaud Gascon-Nadon DL 6-3 250 Laval Glen Constantin
2011 Matthew O'Donnell OL 6-10 340 Queen's Pat Sheahan
2010 Matt Morencie OL 6-3 290 Windsor Mike Morencie
2009 Étienne Légaré DL 6-4 265 Laval Glen Constantin
2008 Éric Maranda LB 6-2 228 Laval Glen Constantin
2008 Samuel Giguère WR 6-0 215 Sherbrooke André Bolduc
2007 Chris Best OL 6-4 320 Waterloo Marshall Bingeman
2006 Andy Fantuz WR 6-4 220 Western Larry Haylor
2005 Jesse Lumsden RB 6-2 226 McMaster Marcello Campanaro
2004 Carl Gourgues OL 6-1 290 Laval Glen Constantin
2003 Adam MacDonald LB 5-11 215 StFX Dennis McPhee
2002 Kojo Aidoo RB 5-11 235 McMaster Greg Marshall
2001 Randy Chevrier DL 6-4 295 McGill Charlie Baillie
2000 Kojo Millington DL 6-3 245 Wilfrid Laurier Rick Zmich
1999 Cameron Legault DL 6-3 245 Carleton Donn Smith
1998 Dave Miller-Johnston P/K 6-1 180 Concordia Pat Sheahan
1997 Mark Farraway DL 6-5 260 StFX John Stevens
1996 Harry Van Hofwegen DL 6-4 252 Carleton Donn Smith
1995 Matthieu Quiviger OL 6-5 282 McGill Charlie Baillie
1994 Val St. Germain OL 6-4 290 McGill Charlie Baillie
1993 Mike O'Shea LB 6-3 225 Guelph Dan McNally
1992 Chris Morris OL 6-6 285 Toronto Bob Laycoe
1991 Paul Vajda OL 6-2 265 Concordia Pat Sheahan
1990 Chris Gioskos OL 6-3 275 Ottawa Jim Daley
1989 Leroy Blugh LB 6-2 230 Bishop's Ian Breck
1988 Pierre Vercheval OL 6-2 272 Western Larry Haylor
1987 Louie Godry OL 6-1 240 Guelph Dan McNally
1986 Mike Schad OL 6-5 294 Queen's Doug Hargreaves
Breakdown of CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game (including 2015)
Offensive line 31
Defensive line 17
Running backs 2
Simon Fraser 1
Wilfrid Laurier 1