CFL SCOUTING BUREAU: SPRING EDITION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 24 April 2015 21:40

CFL SCOUTING BUREAU: SPRING EDITION

Covington climbs his way to the top of the list

Chris Ackie, Lemar Durant and Danny Groulx available on national conference call today at 1:00 PM ET

 

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau today published its final edition of the top-20 ranked prospects eligible for the 2015 CFL Canadian Draft.

In the third and final installment of the CFL Scouting Bureau for the 2015 draft class, Christian Covington claimed top spot after announcing to forego his senior year of college in early January, making himself eligible for both CFL and NFL Drafts.

After finishing first in the fall and winter edition of the CFL Scouting Bureau, UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko finished second on the top prospect list. Rounding out the top-5 are University of Connecticut offensive lineman, Alex Mateas, followed by Yale running back Tyler Varga, and in the fifth slot, Laval offensive lineman, Danny Groulx.

Mississauga, Ontario native, Brandon Bridge who played for the University of South Alabama last season, becomes the first quarterback ever to make Scouting Bureau list. The CFL introduced the list for the first time in September, 2008.

BY THE NUMBERS

The ranking includes six offensive linemen, four receivers, three defensive linemen, two defensive backs, linebackers, running backs and a quarterback.

Calgary has three prospects represented on the list, the most by any school. Regina, UNLV and Wilfrid Laurier are the only other schools to have multiple prospects on the list.

In the final edition of the scouting bureau, Covington, Lemar Durant, Tevaughn Campbell, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence and Brandon Bridge climbed into the top-20 list. However, Dillon Guy, Karl Lavoie, Brandon Tennant, Adam Konar and Ettore Lattanzio dropped from the spring edition after being listed in the winter edition.

The province of Ontario is represented with ten hometown prospects. Following Ontario is BC with three, Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan with two and Manitoba with one.

All 15 ranked players on last spring's CFL Scouting Bureau list were selected in the 2014 CFL Draft including all nine first round selections.


SPRING SCOUTING BUREAU RANKING

Rank

Name

Position

School

Hometown

1 (--)

Christian Covington

DL

Rice

Vancouver, BC

2 (1)

Brett Boyko

OL

UNLV

Saskatoon, SK

3 (2)

Alex Mateas

OL

Connecticut

Ottawa, ON

4 (4)

Tyler Varga

RB

Yale

Kitchener, ON

5 (8)

Danny Groulx

OL

Laval

Gatineau, QC

6 (7)

Sukh Chungh

OL

Calgary

Port Coquitlam, BC

7 (3)

Daryl Waud

DL

Western

Hamilton, ON

8 (--)

Lemar Durant

REC

Simon Fraser

Coquitlam, BC

9 (5)

Nic Demski

REC

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

10 (6)

Sean McEwen

OL

Calgary

Calgary, AB

11 (12)

Chris Ackie

DB

Wilfrid Laurier

Cambridge, ON

12 (9)

Addison Richards

REC

Regina

Regina, SK

13 (10)

Jacob Ruby

OL

Richmond

London, ON

14 (17)

Byron Archambault

LB

Montreal

Montreal, QC

15 (--)

Tevaughn Campbell

DB

Regina

Toronto, ON

16 (--)

Shaquille Murray-Lawrence

RB

UNLV

Scarborough, ON

17 (18)

Ese Mrabure-Ajufo

DL

Wilfrid Laurier

Mississauga, ON

18 (19)

Jake Harty

REC

Calgary

Calgary, AB

19 (--)

Brandon Bridge

QB

South Alabama

Mississauga, ON

20 (11)

Nick Shortill

LB

McMaster

Nobleton, ON

Please note: The ranking in the parenthesis is the player's ranking position from the last CFL Scouting Bureau published in December, 2014.

The 2015 CFL Draft will take place on May 12, 2015 with the Ottawa REDBLACKS owning the first overall selection. You can watch the opening two rounds of the draft on TSN and RDS2 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET with subsequent rounds being streamed live online at TSN.ca.

For the Fall rankings click here and for the Winter ranking click here.

The CFL's Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine teams.

The Canadian Football League invites media to attend and participate in the Conference Call with three prospects. Details are listed below.

WHAT

Conference Call with three players selected in the CFL Scouting Bureau Spring Edition List.

WHO

Defensive Back, Chris Ackie, Wilfrid Laurier, Cambridge, ON
Receiver, Lemar Durant, Simon Fraser, Coquitlam, BC
Offensive Lineman, Danny Groulx, Laval, Gatineau, QC

WHEN

Friday, April 24, 2015
1:00 p.m. ET

CALL-IN NUMBER

Conference Call Number: 416-340-2217 / 888-789-9572

PASSCODE

8202683

 
CFL LEAGUE OFFICE TO JOIN CLEAN TORONTO TOGETHER 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 17 April 2015 15:12

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League office will participate in The City of Toronto’s annual spring clean-up event, Clean Toronto Together 2015, tomorrow afternoon.

As part of the Live Green Toronto program, and in keeping with the CFL’s commitment to building stronger communities, members of the  CFL league office will join schools and other corporate companies during the 20-Minute Makeover at Nathan Phillips Square.

Businesses and students across Toronto are encouraged to work together for 20 minutes and improve The City of Toronto by cleaning up litter and recycling around their places of work or schools.

The CFL office will also be joined by Mike “Pinball” Clemons, Toronto Argonauts mascot Jason, Argonaut cheerleaders and Argonauts staff.

Below is the schedule of events.

Registration
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Live Green Toronto booth at Nathan Phillips Square

Garbage Games and Lunch
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Speeches from City Councillors and Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Prep for the 20-Minute Makeover
Time: 1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

20-Minute Makeover Scavenger Hunt
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Announcement of winning teams
Time: 2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

To learn more about Clean Toronto Together: visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

 
MAJOR RULE CHANGES APPROVED BY CFL GOVERNORS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 20:35

TORONTO – Significant changes to the convert, passing rules and the pace of the game will be in place when the new Canadian Football League season kicks off this June.

The league’s Board of Governors approved today most of the changes proposed earlier this Spring by the CFL’s Rules Committee.

“The Board endorsed the view that this is a great time for our league to innovate,” said Michael Copeland, the CFL’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

“We’re looking forward to putting in place changes that have the potential to improve an already great game.”

The CFL is modifying the convert that follows a touchdown to make it less predictable.

A kick for a single point, which took place from the 12-yard line in past seasons, will now be kicked from the 32-yard line.

Last year, 99.4 per cent of kicks for a single point following a touchdown were successful. For field goal attempts from between 31 and 33 yards, 81 per cent were successful.

If a team opts to run or pass the ball into the end zone for a two point convert following a touchdown, the ball will be scrimmaged from the three-yard line, instead of the five-yard line, which may entice more coaches to “go for two”.

Last year, there were only 23 two-point convert attempts, and seven, or 30 per cent, were successful.

But the Governors rejected the Committee’s suggestion that the league test a more radical approach during pre-season games: a convert worth three points if a team chose to run or pass the ball over the goal line from the ten-yard-line.

To open up the passing game, the Governors approved a change designed to create more room for a passing offence.

It will allow a defensive player to contact a receiver that is in front of him within five yards of the line of scrimmage, but it will not allow either player to create or initiate contact that impedes or redirects an opponent beyond five yards.

The Board agreed that on a punt play, when the ball bounces on the ground and a five yard no yards penalty is called, the penalty will automatically be added to the end of the return, or from the point the ball was first touched by the return team, whichever is better.

In the past, the receiving team had to choose between the five-yard penalty or the yards gained on the return.

It is believed that making the penalty more punitive could reduce the number of no yards penalties.

To increase the tempo of the game, at any time in the game the offence will now be allowed to signal to the Referee that it doesn’t want to substitute and it wants to use a tempo offence.

The officials will then blow the play in immediately upon the ball and yardsticks being set for play.

This new protocol will be combined with a rule change made last year – which meant the offence no longer had to wait for the defense to substitute before initiating a play if the offence had not substituted.

Together, the changes create an opportunity for the offence to dictate the pace of the game.

Also to improve game flow, the CFL is removing the ability of a coach to request a measurement, leaving it to the Referee to measure when he is unsure if a first down has been made or not.

On punts, a rule change will prohibit the five interior linemen on the kicking team from leaving the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.

This should reduce the number of illegal blocking and no yards penalties, while increasing the amount of room the receiving team has to set up a return.

There would be a ten-yard penalty for violating this new rule.

The CFL is maintaining the ability for a coach to challenge Defensive Pass Interference, an innovation introduced last year. But the Board of Governors rejected a proposal that Offensive Pass Interference also be made subject to video review.

It approved no longer giving the receiving team the option of demanding that a team kick again after one of its kick offs goes out of bounds. The receiving team will now either take the ball where it went out of bounds, or at a point 30 yards in advance of where the ball was kicked off, whichever is better.

The Canadian Football League regular season kicks off on Thursday June 25 when the Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa REDBLACKS. On Friday, June 26, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit the Calgary Stampeders for a rematch of last year’s Grey Cup game. On Saturday, June 27, the Toronto Argonauts host the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers travel to Saskatchewan to face the Roughriders.

The CFL pre-season kicks off Monday June 8 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

The Rules Committee includes several CFL coaches and general managers as well as representatives of the CFL, CFL Players’ Association and CFL Officials.

The CFL Board of Governors includes owners of privately held teams, chairmen of community owned teams, and several team presidents.

 
8 OF 9 CFL TEAMS UNDER SALARY CAP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 17 April 2015 15:06

TORONTO – An extensive audit process has confirmed eight of nine teams were under the Canadian Football League’s salary expenditure cap for 2014, the CFL announced today.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the only team to exceed the cap. Their total salary expenditure of $5,008,939 was $8,389 over the salary expenditure cap of $5,000,000. They will be penalized one dollar for each dollar they were over the cap for a total fine of $8,389.

“The salary management system was brought into the CFL to provide competitive balance and responsible business practices,” said Michael Copeland, President and Chief Operating Officer of the CFL. “It is clear, with eight of nine teams under the cap, our teams understand that for the continued growth of our league, we have to remain fiscally responsible.”

The salary management system was introduced in 2007.

The system’s review process includes detailed field audits of all nine clubs twice per year, once during the CFL season and once following its completion. Teams are also required to provide regular updates on compensation levels at the 6-game, 12-game and 18-game point of the season.

Under the provisions set by the league’s Board of Governors, teams are fined one dollar for every dollar they exceed the cap up to $100,000, and two dollars for every dollar they exceed the cap between $100,000 and $300,000, plus the loss of the team’s first round draft pick. Teams are fined three dollars for every dollar they exceed the cap beyond $300,000, and they lose their first two draft selections.

As no team exceeded the cap by more than $100,000 in 2014, the order for the CFL Draft on May 12 is not affected. It remains (barring trade) for the first round:

Round 1

1. Ottawa

2. Winnipeg

3. Toronto

4. Montreal

5. B.C.

6. Saskatchewan

7. Edmonton

8. Hamilton

9. Calgary

Click here to view the full draft order.

 
TEVAUGHN CAMPBELL RUNS THE 40-YARD DASH IN 4.36 SECONDS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:11

TORONTO - On the final day of the National CFL Combine presented by Reebok, the top-50 prospects from Canada took to the football field to test their speed, agility and partake in one-on-one drills.

Tevaughn Campbell set a new CFL Combine electronic time record by running the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds. Prior to Campbell setting the new record, running back Shaquille Murray-Lawrence from UNLV broke the record an hour earlier by running forty yards in 4.41 seconds.

In the shuttle drill, linebacker Byron Archambault, yesterday's bench press leader, ran the fastest shuttle, 4.18 seconds.

Manitoba Bisons' receiver, Nic Demski set the pace in the three-cone drill by posting a time of 6.91 seconds.

The CFL Draft will be held on May 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET on TSN.

Below are the top-5 results from today's combine testing.

40-Yard Dash

Time (seconds)

Name

Position

School

Hometown

4.36

Tevaughn Cambell

Defensive Back

Regina

Toronto, ON

4.41

Shaquille Murray-Lawrence

Running Back

UNLV

Scarborough, ON

4.53

Kahlen Branning

Defensive Back

Regina

Moose Jaw, SK

4.55

Lemar Durant

Receiver

Simon Fraser

Coquitlam, BC

4.56

Nic Demski

Receiver

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

For all player results from the 40-yard dash drill, click here.

Shuttle

Time (seconds)

Name

Position

School

Hometown

4.18

Byron Archambault

Linebacker

Montreal

Montreal, QC

4.19

Nic Demski

Receiver

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

4.25

Dexter Janke

Defensive Back

Okanagan Sun

Edmonton, AB

4.28

Mikhail Davidson

Receiver

Montreal

Montreal, QC

4.31

Anthony Coady

Defensive Back

Montreal

Montreal, QC

For all player results from the shuttle drill, click here.

3-Cone

Time (seconds)

Name

Position

School

Hometown

6.91

Nic Demski

Reciever

Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

7.06

Phillip Enchill

Receiver

Montreal

Montreal, QC

7.09

Chris Ackie

Defensive Back

Wilfrid Laurier

Cambridge, ON

7.16

Byron Archambault

Linebacker

Montreal

Montreal, QC

7.22

Anthony Coady

Defensive Back

Montreal

Montreal, QC

For all player results from the 3-cone drill, click here.

 
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