Football: Duvernay-Tardif becomes 11th CIS player drafted into NFL

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensivetackle from McGill University, became Saturday the 11th player inCIS football history to be selected in the National Football Leaguedraft when the Kansas City Chiefs picked him in the sixth round -200th overall.

A native of St. Hilaire, Que., the six-foot-five, 315-poundstandout is the third CIS player to be drafted by an NFL team overthe past six years, after Akiem Hicks of the Regina Rams (NewOrleans, 3rd round, 2012) and Vaughn Martin of the Western Mustangs(San Diego, 4th round, 2009).

The only previous McGill star selected by an NFL squad wascurrent Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Randy Chevrier, whowas picked in the seventh round by Jacksonville in 2001 and endedup playing in 13 NFL regular season games as a long snapper withDallas and Cincinnati before embarking on a long and productive CFLcareer.

“I’m heading into my 14th year of coaching at theuniversity level and during that span, have never had a prospectwho is as athletic, strong, and highly intelligent asLaurent,” said McGill head coach Clint Uttley, who isentering his fourth campaign as bench boss of the Redmen. “Ontop of those three valuable traits, he plays offensive line like adefensive lineman. He is nasty, plain and simple.”

RD6 – PK24 @kcchiefs:L. Duvernay-Tardif (OT-McGill (Canada)) – http://t.co/ZK0HLDxhjV#NFLDRAFT

— NFL (@nfl) May 10,2014

With the 200th-overall pick in the 6th round, the #Chiefsselect Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, T, McGill (Canada).

— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) May 10,2014

Chiefs!!!!!!!

— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) May10, 2014

Duvernay-Tardif earned numerous honours during his four seasonswith the Redmen, including a pair of first-team all-Canadianselections, the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top down lineman in CIS,as well as the RSEQ conference nomination for the Russ JacksonAward for combining football with academics and citizenship. Lastfall, the medical student was selected as a Top Eight AcademicAll-Canadian out of over 11,000 CIS student-athletes.

One of two CIS players invited to take part in the prestigiousEast West Shrine Game in Florida last January, the 23-year-oldimpressed scouts from nine NFL teams at his pro day workout inMontreal on March 27. He is also ranked No. 1 by the CFL’sScouting Bureau heading into the league’s May 13 draft.

Following is a list of CIS players drafted into the NFL, as wellas a list of former CIS players currently on NFL rosters.

NOTE: Another McGill star also played in the NFL, namelylong-snapper Jean-Philippe Darche, who had a productive nine-yearcareer after signing as a free-agent with the Seattle Seahawks in2000. He played in Super Bowl XL with Seattle in 2006, then movedon to play for Kansas City from 2007 to 2008.

CIS PLAYERSDRAFTED INTO NFL (11)

2014: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OT / McGill), by Kansas City, 6thround, 200th overall
2012: Akiem Hicks (DE / Regina), by New Orleans, 3rd round, 89thoverall
2009: Vaughn Martin (DE / Western), by San Diego, 4th round, 113thoverall
2001: Randy Chevrier (DE / McGill), by Jacksonville, 7th round,241st overall
1998: Jerome Pathon (WR / Acadia), by Indianapolis, 2nd round, 32ndoverall
1995: Mark Montreuil (CB / Concordia), by San Diego, 7th round,237th overall
1992: Tyrone Williams (WR / Western), by Phoenix, 9th round, 239thoverall
1986: Mike Schad (OG / Queen’s), by LA Rams, 1st round, 23rdoverall
1982: Dan Feraday (QB / Toronto), by Cincinnati, 12th round, 333rdoverall
1979: John Priestner (LB / Western), by Baltimore, 11th round,280th overall
1976: Brian Fryer (REC / Alberta), by Washington, 8th round, 234thoverall

CIS PLAYERSCURRENTLY ON NFL ROSTERS (9)

Stefan Charles (Regina): Buffalo – Defensive tackle
Linden Gaydosh (Calgary): Carolina – Defensive tackle (spent2013 on injured reserve list)
Cory Greenwood (Concordia): Detroit – Linebacker
Akiem Hicks (Regina): New Orleans – Defensive end
Jorgen Hus (Regina): Seattle – Long snapper
Israel Idonije (Manitoba): Chicago – Defensive end
Vaughn Martin (Western): Detroit – Defensive tackle
Henoc Muamba (StFX): Indianapolis – Linebacker
Jon Ryan (Regina): Seattle – Punter

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations viefor 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS alsoprovides high performance international opportunities for Canadianstudent-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well asnumerous world university championships. For further information,visit www.cis-sic.ca or followus on:

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