- Connor O'Neil
East-West Bowl 2019 Names To Know
This Saturday, the U SPORTS East-West Bowl is kicking off in the Nation’s Capital at Carleton University’s MNP Park. East-West Bowl weekend brings together some of the most talented prospects and rising stars in Canadian university football. This year’s edition is highlighted by top-tier talent, headlined by 2018 Hec Crighton Trophy winner, University of Calgary quarterback Adam Sinagra. Here are a few names to keep your eye on.
QB Adam Sinagra - Calgary Dinos - Team West
Sinagra is coming off an incredible 2018 season. He led the Dinos to an 8-0 regular season in the Canada West, throwing for 3,233 yards and 23 touchdowns. Sinagra led the nation in both total passing yards and yards per game (404.1 yards/game) and was second in the nation in passing touchdowns. In his two playoff games, Sinagra threw for 639 yards and four touchdowns.
The Pointe Claire, Que. product is a veteran quarterback with impressive pocket patience. What jumps out about Sinagra is his willingness to let plays develop in front of him and progress through his reads until someone is open. If given too much time,Sinagra almost always makes opposing defences pay with his arm talent and accuracy. After one of the most impressive seasons in Canada West football history, Sinagra is set to turn heads in this year’s 2019 East-West Bowl.
WR Tyler Ternowski - Waterloo Warriors - Team West
Third-year University of Waterloo slot receiver Ternowski posted impressive numbers in his 2018 season, leading the nation in receiving yards with 1159 yards on 63 receptions. He also led U SPORTS this past season in reception yards per game with 144.9 and receiving touchdowns, hauling in 15 touchdowns for the Warriors.
A tough, sure-handed, quick-footed receiver, Ternowski runs crisp routes and works hard to come back to the ball, especially when there are defenders present. He is a physical and willing downfield blocker, an asset to any offence as a wide receiver. The combination of route running, speed and ball skills make Ternowski an incredibly versatile slot receiver. Ternowski was one of the best receivers in U SPORTS football this past season and a player to keep a close eye on in this year’s East-West Bowl.
RB Dale Wright - Acadia Axemen - Team East
Wright is a powerful one-cut back who finds an open lane and doesn’t hesitate. Defences struggle to contain and tackle him because of his strength as a runner. He has the burst and tenacity as a runner to find a hole and reach the second level more often than not. The Markham, ON native has the ability to both make you miss with a quick cut or drop a shoulder and make you pay for daring to get in his way. He finished third in total rushing yards and second in the AUS with 839 yards. Wright’s well-rounded combination of finesse and power make him an exciting player to watch going into Saturday’s game.
DB William Amoah - Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks - Team West
Defensive half back William Amoah is a sticky coverage player with quick hips, a smooth backpedal and a clean break. He’s rarely caught out of position and has the speed to stay in the hip pocket of receivers. Amoah does a good job of staying patient in coverage and being disruptive at the point of attack when the ball is in the air.. In the 2018 season, Amoah recorded 27 tackles, five interceptions and three pass breakups with the Golden Hawks this past season. Amoah’s five picks was tied for second most in all of U SPORTS. This past season, Amoah was also selected as a first team OUA all-star and a first team all-Canadian. An exciting DB with impressive range and ball hawking skills, Amoah is a player that receivers won’t look forward to lining up against in this year’s East-West Bowl.
DB/LB Adam Auclair - Laval Rouge et Or - Team East
2018 Vanier Cup Champion and Rouge et Or DB/LB Adam Auclair is an extremely impressive prospect. A hard-hitting and physical player, Auclair has that nose for finding the ball and creating chaos. Auclair finished the 2018 season with 31.5 tackles 2.0 sacks and one interception. In the RSEQ championship, Auclair recorded a 77-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, highlighting both his ability to force turnovers and his athleticism to turn it into points.. Auclair concluded his 2018 season with an impressive showing in the 2018 Vanier Cup game against the Western Mustangs. Posting 10.5 tackles and an interception, Auclair was named Most Valuable Defensive Player. With ties to the NFL in his brother Antony Auclair, Adam is an impressive talent in his own right and a player who is primed to leave a mark on this year’s game. .
DE Reshaan Davis - Ottawa Gee-Gees - Team East
Yes, I am a Gee-Gee, but this is by no means a homer pick. Reshaan Davis is a long, athletic and powerful defensive end. Davis is a strong end with good bend coming off the edge. At 6-4 and 243 lbs, Davis is sneaky fast with the innate ability to get into the backfield and disrupt the timing of the offence. While it might not always show up in the box score Davis is often getting pressure and wreaking havoc. After missing the first two games of the season, Davis stepped into the starting lineup for the remaining six games of the regular season. Davis finished the 2018,season with 16.5 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In just six games played, Davis earned defensive linemen of the year honours from the University of Ottawa. An explosive and disruptive player, Davis is a definitely a player to watch at this weekend’s East-West Bowl.