• Connor O'Neil

2020 East-West Bowl Hopefuls

The 2019 U Sports football season has come to a close and the Calgary Dinos have emerged as this years Vanier Cup champions. Just because the playing season has ended does not mean that the U Sports football season is over. Draft hopefuls across the nation will begin off-season training and preparation for this years CFL Draft process.

The East-West Bowl is one step in the draft process that players, scouts, and coaches look forward too each and every season. The East-West Bowl brings together the best third year prospects from across the nation for one of the most exciting weeks in Canadian University football. The athletes participate in film sessions, on field practices, and combine events such as, the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, and bench press among others. The event culminates with Team East and Team West going head-to-head in a competitive battle to showcase some of the best draft eligible athletes for the upcoming 2020 U Sports football season. Below are names to know, as well as a list of the 2020 East-West Bowl hopefuls.

Players to Watch

Quarterback - Tre Ford - Waterloo Warriors - OUA

The Warriors signal caller added another impressive season to his resume. Finishing the season with 2158 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns, Ford was one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the OUA this season. Ford has a talented right arm and put on a showcase in the 2019 OUA season. Ford’s ability to run the ball is equally impressive. Ford carried the ball 67 this season accumulating 634 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns. Ford possesses elite level traits and is sure to do something special every time he laces up his cleats.

Running back - Adam Machart - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

Huskies running back, Adam Machart finished the 2019 season as a Hec Crighton finalist and the leading rusher in the country. Machart carried the ball 195 times for the Huskies this season piling up an astonishing 1610 yards and 9 touchdowns. Machart averaged 8.2 yards per carry on the season and was a key component in the Huskies offensive success this past season. Machart is a special player who will surely wow fans and coaches alike at the 2020 East-West Bowl.

Receiver - Will Corby/Nolan Lovegrove - Toronto Varsity Blues - OUA

As the legendary (West Canaan) Varsity Blues head coach Bud Kilmer once said, “the only pain that matters is the pain you inflict”. My goodness did this pair of receivers inflict some pain on opposing defences. Corby lead the nation in receiving yards, totalling 797 yards. Lovegrove was fourth in the nation stacking up 762 receiving yards. The pair of receivers also lead the country in receiving touchdowns, each totalling 8. Lovegrove and Corby are a dynamic pair who work well off of each other, each creating space and separation for the other. Corby and Lovegrove were two of the most exciting receivers in the country this past season.

Defensive Back - Nelson Lokombo - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

Speed, athleticism, tenacity, ball hawk. All of which can be used to describe Saskatchewan defensive back, Nelson Lokombo. Lokombo tallied 39 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, a forces fumble, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 4 pass break ups. An unprecedented season from the Huskies third year defensive back. Lokombos incredible display earned him the U Sports President’s trophy for defensive player of the year. Lokombo is a versatile defensive back who can line up anywhere on the field and make an impact.

2020 East-West Hopefuls:

QB: Tre Ford - Waterloo Warriors - OUA

QB: Dimitrios Sinodinos - McGill Redmen - RSEQ

QB: Andreas Dueck - McMaster Marauders - OUA QB: Mason Nyhus - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

RB: Louis-Philippe Gregoire - Bishop’s Gaiters - AUS RB: Cole Estabrooks - Acadia Axemen - AUS

RB: Vincent Breton-Robert - Laval Rouge et Or - RSEQ

RB: Adam Machart - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW RB: Justice Allin - McMaster Marauders - OUA RB: Victor St.Pierre-Laviolette - Manitoba Bisons - CW RB: Robinson Rodrigues - Calgary Dinos - CW

FB: Konner Burtenshaw - Queen’s Gaels - OUA

WR: Will Corby - Toronto Varsity Blues - OUA

WR: Nolan Lovegrove - Toronto Varsity Blues - OUA WR: Golden Mulali - Acadia Axemen - AUS WR: Richard Burton - Queen’s Gaels - OUA WR: Kevin Kaya - Montreal Carabins - RSEQ WR: Pearce Dumay - McGill Redmen - RSEQ WR: Isaac Fagnan - St.FX X-Men - AUS

WR: Gordon Lam - Waterloo Warriors - OUA WR: Tommy Nield - McMaster Marauders - OUA WR: Matthew James - Windsor Lancers - OUA WR: Sam Baker - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW WR: Kadeem Hemmings - York Lions - OUA

WR: Liam Wishart - UBC Thunderbirds - CW WR/Returner: Ben Ahren - Queen’s Gaels - OUA

OL: Pier-Olivier Lestage - Montreal Carabins - RSEQ OL: Adam Dingwall - Queen’s Gaels - OUA OL: David Sevingy - Montreal Carabins - RSEQ OL: Nicholas Thibodeau - Laval Rouge et Or - RSEQ OL: Samuel Ducharme - Bishop’s Gaiters - AUS OL: Rowan Hickey - Mount Allison Mounties - AUS OL: Tyler Clucas-Warren - St. Mary’s Huskies - AUS

OL: Spencer Lambier - St. Mary’s Huskies - AUS OL: Luke Borsella - York Lions - OUA

OL: Connor Berglof - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW OL: Logan Bandy - Calgary Dinos - CW OL: Noah Zerr - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

OL: Tyler Packer - Calgary Dinos - CW

OL: Bryce Bell - Laurier Golden Hawks - OUA OL: Spencer Andrews - Waterloo Warriors - OUA OL: Spencer Swan - Guelph Gryphons - OUA

DB: Khadeem Pierre - Concordia Stingers - RSEQ DB: Nolan Bedard - Queen’s Gaels - OUA DB: Nicholas Cartagenise - Bishop’s Gaiters - AUS DB: Matt Watson - Mount Allison Mounties - AUS DB: Jordan Angove - St. Mary’s Huskies - AUS DB: Zack Fitzgerald - Laval Rouge et Or - RSEQ DB: Tyrell Ford - Waterloo Warriors - OUA DB: Deane Leonard - Calgary Dinos - CW DB: Nelson Lokombo - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW DB: Shae Weekes - Manitoba Bisons - CW

DB: Arjay Shelley - Manitoba Bison - CW

DB: Talik Ehouman - York Lions - OUA

DB: Kene Ezekeke - UBC Thunderbirds - CW

DB: Andrew Beatty - Windsor Lancers - OUA

DB: Zach Moore - Regina Rams - CW

LB: Louve Moussenguet - Bishop’s Gaiters - AUS

LB: Abed Hamidi - Ottawa Gee-Gees - OUA

LB: Kean Harelimana - Laval Rouge et Or - RSEQ

LB: Tommy Roadley-Trohatos - Sherbooke Vert et Or - RSEQ LB: Jarek Richards - St. Mary’s Huskies - AUS LB: Redha Kramdi - Montreal Carabins - RSEQ

LB: Ben Hladik - UBC Thunder Birds - CW LB: Jared Beeksma - Guelph Gryphons - OUA

LB: Nate Edwards - McMaster Marauders - OUA

LB: Grant McDonals - Calgary Dinos - CW

LB: Tom Whiting - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

LB: Devin Comber - Western Mustangs - OUA

LB: Daniel Solaroli - Toronto Varsity Blues - OUA

LB: Charlie Moore - Calgary Dinos - CW

DL: Gabriel Boucher - Queen’s Gaels - OUA DL: Joshua Archibald - McGill Redmen - RSEQ

DL: Jeremie Verreault - Sherbrooke Vert et Or - RSEQ

DL: Shaiheem Charles-Brown - Carleton Ravens - OUA DL: Anderson Recker - Acadia Axemen - AUS DL: Alexandre Gagnon - Laval Rouge et Or - RSEQ DL: Nicholas Dheilly - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

DL: Alfred Green - Laurier Golden Hawks - OUA

DL: Michael Pezzuto - Ottawa Gee-Gees - OUA

DL: Nathan Cherry - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

DL: Max Baatar - Calgary Dinos - CW

DL: Tyler Munro - McMaster Marauders - OUA

DL: Donovan Burgmaier - Alberta Golden Bears - CW

P/K: Dante Mastrogiuseppe - York Lions - OUA

P/K: David Cote - Laval Rouge et Or - RSEQ

P/K: Jacob Solie - Saskatchewan Huskies - CW

P/K: Loic Legendre - Ottawa Gee-Gees - OUA

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