March 17, 2014

Combine: A look ahead at the Montreal Regional Staff

MONTREAL — After debuting in Quebec City in 2013, the CFL Regional Combine circuit will make it’s first appearance in Montreal, as 44 players will showcase their skills on Wednesday in hopes of earning an invitation to the National Combine, beginning on Friday in Toronto.

2014 CFL Combine week kicked off Monday in Edmonton, with Tore Corrado, Michael Dadzie, Thomas Miles, Kyle Paterson and Dylan Roper all being handed invites to the showcase event.

The regional tour will conclude on Thursday with the Toronto Regional Combine.

The one-day invitational combines are for players eligible for the 2014 CFL Draft. The top players from each combine could receive an invite to attend the national CFL Combine in Toronto from March 21 to March 23.

The regional combines may also include non-import free agents and import free agents who play in the CIS. These players are not eligible for the draft and therefore cannot receive an invitation to the national CFL Combine. Each regional combine will invite approximately 30 to 40 football players.

As part of our ongoing coverage leading into the 2014 CFL Combine, will continue to provide up-to-the-minute stats, headlines, videos and more from Montreal.

By the Numbers:

Of the 44 invitees, there are 12 defensive backs, the most among any position. In that crop of DBs, there are five draft eligible players, with St. Francis Xavier’s Demetrius Ferguson headlining the group.

The Nassau, Bahamas native registered 20.5 tackles, two forced fumbles and three interceptions in seven regular season games in 2013.

Of all the school’s represented, Bishop’s will feature the most participants with nine, followed by Concordia who will send seven.

The Gaiters will have at least one player participating in each position, highlighed by a trio of receivers in Ryon McCAlla, Bill Nyantakyi, and Nathan Heather.

Big Chance for Bourassa:

Of the five tailbacks invited to the Regional Combine, none enjoyed quite the 2013 campaign as Laval’s Guillaume G. Bourassa.

Bourassa, a native of La Tuque, QC. carried the ball 66 times for 402 yards and four touchdowns in eight games. He also added 152 yards and a pair of majors on 11 receptions.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is eligible for this year’s May 13 Draft.