2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Nic Demski, Manitoba Bisons

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Source: Chris Zuk, Manitoba SportsInfo

Name: Nic Demski
University: Manitoba
Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
High school / Cegep: Oak Park HS
Position: Slotback/kick returner
Academic program: Arts
Year of eligibility: 4
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215

Key stats 2013: 640 receiving yards (2nd inCanada West and 10th in CIS), seven receiving TDs (1st in CanadaWest and 6th in CIS) plus sixth in conference all-purpose yardswith 1,030

Awards & honours (since start of CIS career):Three-time CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star (2011, 2012and 2013)

Is it possible for someone who is a three-time CIS All-Canadianin consecutive seasons and the youngest ever CIS football player toearn that honour (17 years old) to be overlooked? Well, if that wasever the case in the past, now is the season for slotback/kickreturner Nic Demski to continue the accession of his superstarcareer and for the rest of the country to know of anothermulti-talented student-athlete playing for the Manitoba Bisonsfootball program.

Demski is coming off another amazing season in 2013 as he wasselected as CIS Football Second Team All-Canadian at the slotbackposition. He earned that accolade previously for kick returning butmoved from running back to slotback last season with hugedividends. He immediately had a great connection with new startingquarterback Jordan Yantz and the ‘dynamic duo’ wasvirtually unstoppable in a career year for the Winnipeg product.Demski was tenth in CIS (second in Canada West) with 640 receivingyards and sixth in CIS (first in conference) with seven receivingtouchdowns – plus tied for ninth in CIS with seven overallTDs. In addition, Demski was sixth in conference all-purpose yardsat 1,030 while starting all eight conference regular season gamesand both playoff contests.

The Oak Park high school recruit has already started to berecognized. Demski was named the number two prospect by the CFLScouting Bureau for the 2015 CFL Draft. With Yantz back for hisfinal season, the strong combo has continued as they played on thesame side during the 2014 East West Bowl game and have already beenlighting it up at training camp. The expectations are for both toadd onto their careers years from 2013 and Demski to be a largefocal point of the explosive offence after the departure ofmultiple CIS All-Canadian and now CFL player Anthony Coombs.

Demski heads into his fourth CIS season at Manitoba and will aim tobring even more attention to the Bisons football program as theexpected CIS Top 10 team looks to compete and challenge for aconference and potential CIS title. He is one of the most exciting,productive players in the nation. As a dual offensive threat onboth offence and special teams, people will remember the name ofNic Demski before the 2014 campaign is completed.

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