OUA content on the rise as CFL season kicks off

OUA content on the rise as CFL season kicks off

Hamilton – As the 2014 Canadian Football League (CFL) season gets underway tonight in Winnipeg, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) will be proudly represented across the league this season by 57 former student-athletes, up from 45 at the beginning of last season.

Not only is there an increase in the overall number of former OUA players, but each club features at least four players compared to two from the previous season.

The Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to rely heavily on OUA, as each team will feature a league-high ten players joining the Boatmen and Riderville, respectively.

Last season, Toronto (12) and Saskatchewan (8) were again among the leaders in OUA developed players and they were cornerstones in their recent Grey Cup championships in 2012 and 2013.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will send out eight former OUA players when they face the Roughriders on Sunday, including 2014 CFL Canadian Draft 1st round pick Beau Landry (LB, Western).

Link: Landry, Ainsworth, Circelli, and Marshall selected in CFL Draft: http://westernmustangs.ca/news/2014/5/13/FB_0513145004.aspx

Fresh off another CIS First Team All-Canadian award, Landry was the highest drafted OUA player this year when the Tiger Cats selected him 8th overall. In 8 games for the Mustangs, Landry lead the team with 46 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Montreal Alouettes will also see their OUA content on the rise from last year as the team will include six former players. Among them will be Andrew Lue (DB, Queen's) who the Als took with their 1st selection, 11th overall in the 2nd round.

Link: Lue goes to Alouettes, Macdonell to REDBLACKS in 2nd round of CFL Draft as four Gaels get selected: http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2014/5/13/FB_0513143052.aspx

Lue, the second OUA player selected in the draft, finished last year with a flurry, recording 10 tackles and one interception in two playoff games, on his way to his second CIS All Canadian selection.

Alberta will continue to rely on former OUA players as the Calgary Stampeders (6) and Edmonton Eskimos (5) welcome back some familiar faces.

Brad Sinopoli (WR, Ottawa), Rob Maver (P, Guelph), Ben D'Aguilar (DL, McMaster), Yannick Carter (LB, Wilfrid Laurier) and Shane Bergman (OL, Western) will return for another season with the Stamps, while newcomer Akeem Whonder (LB, Windsor) also joins the squad.

Further North, Shamawd Chambers (WR, Wilfrid Laurier) and Matthew O'Donnell (OL, Queen's) are back in the mix for the Esks while rookies Aaron Milton (RB, Toronto) and Mike Dubuisson (DB, Windsor) hope to make an impact this season.

The BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa REDBLACKS each will feature 4 former OUA players.

Each OUA team is represented by at least two players on their CFL roster. Western University again leads the way with 13 former Mustangs taking to the gridiron this season. Following Western, McMaster with nine; Queen's with seven; Guelph and Laurier tied with 6; Windsor with five; York, Waterloo, Ottawa all with three and two players representing Toronto.

The 2014 OUA Football season kicks off September 1st and you can catch the action live on OUA.tv - Click here to see the 2014 OUA football schedule.

** Notes: Totals as of 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, June 26th.  Does not include players currently listed on suspended lists.**

BC Lions
# Name Position School
3 McGarva, Matt DB Windsor
45 Arakgi, Jason LB McMaster
59 Norman, Matthew G Western
58 Thorn. Cameron G Guelph
Edmonton Eskimos
# Name Position School
17 Chambers, Shamawd WR Wilfrid Laurier
27 Dubuisson, Mike DB Windsor
64 Jones, Andrew OL McMaster
66 O'Donnell, Matthew OL Queen's
28 Milton, Aaron RB Toronto
Calgary Stampeders
# Name Position School
3 Sinopoli, Brad WR Ottawa
6 Maver, Rob P Guelph
44 D'Aguliar, Ben DL McMaster
48 Carter, Yannick LB Wilfrid Laurier
60 Bergman, Shane OL Western
51 Whonder, Akeem LB Windsor
Saskatchewan Roughriders
# Name Position School
6 Bagg, Rob WR Queen's
66 Best, Chris G Waterloo
80 Moore, Spencer FB McMaster
85 Pierzchalski, Alex WR Toronto
90 Ainsworth, Dylan DL Western
91 Lee, David DE Western
95 Foley, Ricky DE York
99 Williams, Shomari LB Queen's
53 Vonk, Matt OL Waterloo
83 Athony, Alex WR Wilfrid Laurier
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
# Name Position School
2 Bucknor, Matt DB Windsor
49 Cornell, Mike LB Ottawa
64 Greaves, Chris G Western
70 Hajrullahu, Lirim K Western
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
# Name Position School
28 Butler, Craig DB Western
36 Kruba, Pawel LB Western
37 Landry, Beau LB Western
88 Aprile, Giovanni WR Queen's
65 Reinders, Joel OL Waterloo
83 Fantuz, Andy WR Western
31 Dell, Isaac FB Wilfrid Laurier
35 Daly, Mike DB McMaster
Toronto Argonauts
# Name Position School
45 Gillanders, Brendan FB Ottawa
54 Van Zeyl, Chris T McMaster
58 Reinhart, Jake LS Guelph
59 Sewell, Matt T McMaster
67 Keeping, Jeff C Western
87 Robinson, Zander FB Western
88 Bradwell, Mike WR McMaster
25 Hood, Jonathan LB Western
8 Herbert, Shane DB Wilfrid Laurier
32 Durie, Andre SB York
# Name Position School
44 Phillips, Justin DL Wilfrid Laurier
46 Pottinger, Jason LB McMaster
54 Scott, Kevin LB Queen's
83 MacDonell, Scott WR Queen's
Montreal Alouettes
# Name Position School
36 Townsend, Daryl S Windsor
44 Lue, Andrew DB Queen's
64 Bomben, Ryan G Guelph
49 Finley, Jeffrey DL Guelph
30 Tuck, James S/LB York
62 Piotrowski, Jake G Guelph
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