Rosters announced for 2018 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl on May 12 in Quebec City  

Rosters announced for 2018 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl on May 12 in Quebec City   

Bishop's Gaiters' Chérif Nicolas named head coach of East team

TORONTO (U SPORTS) – With the 2018 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft upon us, all eyes will turn next week to the next generation of top Canadian football prospects.

The Vanier Cup finalist Université Laval will host the 2018 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl for the second consecutive year, which features U SPORTS football players heading into their CFL draft year. The 16th annual top prospects game will be played at TELUS-U.L. Stadium on Saturday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Livestreaming details will be confirmed at a later date.

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Reigning Vanier Cup champion and MVP Chris Merchant of the Western Mustangs was one of 86 players announced on Tuesday that will suit up for the game, which serves as the first step to identifying future CFL talent. For the next year, players from both squads will vie for coveted spots on the CFL Scouting Bureau Top 20 Prospects List – published in August, December and April – before showcasing their skills at regional and national combines in advance of the draft next spring.

Merchant, who took home the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the 53rd ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup, threw for 276 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for another 89 yards and a pair of scores, leading the Mustangs to a 39-17 win over Laval – Western's first national title since 1994. He will share quarterback duties with York's Brett Hunchak for the East team, while UBC's Michael O'Connor and Guelph's Theodore Landers will be under centre for the West side.

Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall, who captured his first national championship as a U SPORTS bench boss last November in Hamilton, Ont., will be behind the West team bench. Bishop's head coach Cherif Nicolas, who led the Gaiters in their first season in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference, will coach the East team. Full rosters for both teams are available below.

The 2018 edition of the event, which also includes four days of practices, a combine for participating players, and a CFL free-agent camp, kicks off on Monday, May 7.

The West team is mostly made up of U SPORTS football players from Canada West and Ontario University Athletics (OUA) schools, except Carleton, Ottawa and Queen's, which play for the East squad. The rest of the East team features players from AUS and Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) schools.

Last year, the West defeated the East 37-13 for their second straight win, extending their lead in the all-time series to 9-6. The game featured 10 of the 20 prospects on the final CFL Scouting Bureau List released last month for the 2018 CFL Draft.

2018 U SPORTS VALERO EAST-WEST BOWL ROSTERS

Note: Some players will play for both teams to fill out all the positions

EAST TEAM

First name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Nathan

Heide

Acadia

OG

Thomas

Grant

Acadia

DT

Zack

Graveson

Bishop's

REC

Guillaume

Caron

Carleton

DB

Frederik

Robitaille

Carleton

DE

Matt

Halbgewachs

Concordia

OG

Maurice

Simba

Concordia

OT

Levondre

Gordon

Laurier

RB

Mathieu

Betts

Laval

DE

Dominic

Lévesque

Laval

K/P

Samuel

Thomassin

Laval

OG

Alexandre

Savard

Laval

RC

Vincent

Desjardins

Laval

DT

Kevin

McGee

Laval

DB

Pierre-Karl

Lanctot

Laval

OL

Zack

Williams

Manitoba

OT

Kamba

Katchelewa

McGill

LB

Gabriel

Parent

Montréal

RB

François

Hamel

Montréal

FS

Malikue

Richards

Mount Allison

REC

Damian

Halstead

Mount Allison

LB

Jamie

Harry

Ottawa

CB

Cody

Cranston

Ottawa

DB

Kalem

Beaver

Ottawa

REC

Ejaz

Causer

Queen's

DB

Chris

Osei-kusi

Queen's

REC

Samuel

Piché-luneau

Sherbrooke

DL

Samuel

Polan

Sherbrooke

CB

Gabriel

Polan

Sherbrooke

RB

David

Savard

Sherbrooke

FB

Vincent

Roy

Sherbrooke

DL

Antoine

Lyte-Myers

Saint Mary's

CB

Josh

Henry

Saint Mary's

REC

Kaion

Julien-Grant

StFX

REC

Gordon

Whyte

StFX

LB

Jimmie

Cunningham

StFX

DL

Nick

Hallett

Toronto

HB

Nick

Stadnyk

Toronto

REC

Lamar

Foyle

Toronto

LB

Eddie

Nam

Toronto

OL

Chris

Merchant

Western

QB

Brett

Hunchak

York

QB

Head Coach: Cherif Nicolas, Bishop's
Offensive Coordinator: Gabriel Cousineau, Montreal
Defensive Coordinator: Paul Eddy Saint-Vilien, Carleton
Special Teams Coordinator: Dan McNally, Acadia
 

WEST TEAM 

First name

Last name

School

Pos.

Jonathan

Harke

Alberta

C

Kemal

Kochisarli

Alberta

OG

Garrett

Meek

Alberta

DL

Joshua

Taitinger

Alberta

LB

Jeshrun

Antwi

Calgary

RB

Hunter

Karl

Calgary

REC

Nick

Statz

Calgary

DB

Theodore

Landers

Guelph

QB

Job

Reinhart

Guelph

LB

Eric

Starczala

Guelph

OL

Kurleigh

Gittens Jr.

Laurier

REC

Trevaughan

James

Laurier

DT

Drew

Mairleitner

Laurier

OG

Robbie

Smith

Laurier

DE

Shai

Ross

Manitoba

REC

Derek

Dufault

Manitoba

DE

Jamel

Lyles

Manitoba

RB

Jesse

Walker

Manitoba

REC

Eric

Blake

McMaster

DB

Jordan

Lyons

McMaster

RB

Marquis

Richards

Queen's

FB

Cord

Delinte

Regina

DB

Polis

Koko

Regina

DB

Kyle

Moortgat

Regina

REC

Ryan

Schienbein

Regina

REC

Payton

Hall

Saskatchewan

FS

Evan

Machibroda

Saskatchewan

DT

Brian

Hope

Saint Mary's

K/P

Connor

Griffiths

UBC

DL

Stavros

Katsantonis

UBC

DB

Malcom

Lee

UBC

DB

Michael

O'Connor

UBC

QB

Trivel

Pinto

UBC

REC

Lautaro

Frecha

Waterloo

DB

Jesse

Gibbon

Waterloo

OL

Grégoire

Bouchard

Western

OG

Phillipe

Dion

Western

LB

James

Hawley

Western

DE

Cedric

Joseph

Western

RB

Fraser

Sopik

Western

LB

Drew

Desjarlais

Windsor

OL

Evan

Martin

Windsor

DB

Colton

Hunchak

York

REC

Nikola

Kalinic

York

REC

Head Coach: Greg Marshall, Western
Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Sheahan, Calgary
Defensive Coordinator: Dwayne Cameron, Laurier
Special Teams: Brendan Conway, Waterloo
Offensive Line: Irv Daymond, Laurier
Quarterbacks: Steve Snyder, Western and Kyle Quinlan, McMaster
Receivers: Jabari Arthur, Calgary
Running Backs: Tom Flaxman, McMaster 


Source: U SPORTS Communications

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