TORONTO — Kickoffs, field goals, punts: Rob Maver does it all. Last year the Guelph kicker nailed 13 of 14 field goal attempts, and averaged 41.8 yards per punt while also handling the Gryphons kickoff duties. The season prior, Maver posted a massive 46.1 yard punting average.
Maver heads into the 2010 Canadian Draft on May 2 as the top ranked kicker and No. 7 ranked prospect overall on the CFL Amateur Scouting Bureau’s prospect list. And with at least three teams in need of help in the kicking game Maver’s name will likely be called in within the first two rounds that Sunday.
The Brampton, Ont. native was also the only true kicker invited to last month’s CFL Evaluation Camp presented by Reebok in Toronto. Following the camp he joked, “Someone said I looked kind of like an athlete so that’s the best compliment I’ve got in a while.”
His testing numbers back that up as the six-foot, 195 pound kicker put up 11 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press and ran his 40-yard dash in under five seconds.
Maver says that punting is his strongest suit, but is comfortable will all three of the kicking phases like his idol and Eskimos kicker Noel Prefontaine. A former CIS All-Canadian, Maver would love the opportunity to take his game to the pro level.
“It’s a great reward to be here basically interviewing for a dream job,” Maver said following E-Camp.
His next reward? Well that will come when he hears his name called at the draft.
TSN will broadcast the first two rounds of this year’s Canadian Draft on May 2nd, from noon until 2 p.m. ET.