6 CIS grads on NFL opening-day rosters

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Former Montreal Carabins David Foucault Former Montreal Carabins David Foucault

OTTAWA (CIS) – A record six former CanadianInteruniversity Sport players are listed on National FootballLeague rosters going into the 2014 NFL season, which kicks offThursday night in Seattle.

This is the highest number of CIS grads to find themselves onNFL lineups at the same time since the first Canadian universityproduct appeared in an official NFL game back in 1944.

The previoushigh was five, in 2009.

All six former CIS standouts begin the campaign on theirteam’s active 53-man roster, including punter Jon Ryan(Regina) with the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks,defensive end Akiem Hicks (Regina) with New Orleans, defensivetackle Stefan Charles (Regina) with Buffalo, linebacker HenocMuamba (St. Francis Xavier) with Indianapolis, offensive tackleLaurent Duvernay-Tardif (McGill) with Kansas City and offensivetackle David Foucault (Montreal) with Carolina.

Ryan, who last February became the first CIS grad to win theSuper Bowl as a participant in the championship game, enters hisninth NFL campaign and his seventh with the Seahawks, afterdebuting with Green Bay in 2006 and 2007.

Hicks and Charles, former teammates with the U of R Rams, aregoing into their third and second seasons in the league,respectively, while Muamba, Duvernay-Tardif and Foucault are NFLrookies.

Muamba, who was selected first overall in the 2011 CFL draft,does have three seasons of professional football experience as amember of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Duvernay-Tardif became the 11th player in CIS history to bedrafted into the NFL last May when the Chiefs picked him in thesixth round, 200th overall. Foucault signed as a free-agent withthe Panthers on May 19.

Going into the 2014 schedule, 26 former Canadian universitystars have suited up for at least one official NFL contest (regularseason or playoff) over the years, including Ryan, Hicks andCharles. A complete list is included below.

NOTE: Six other CIS grads were on NFL rosters until a few weeksago but were recently released, including defensive end and 10-yearNFL veteran Israel Idonije (Manitoba), defensive tackle VaughnMartin (Western), linebacker Cory Greenwood (Concordia), defensivetackle Linden Gaydosh (Calgary), as well as long snappers JorgenHus (Regina) and Chad Rempel (Saskatchewan).

FORMER CISPLAYERS ON 2014 NFL ROSTERS:

Stefan Charles, Regina, DT (Buffalo)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (Kansas City)
David Foucault, OT, Montreal (Carolina)
Akiem Hicks, Regina, DE (New Orleans)
Henoc Muamba, LB, StFX (Indianapolis)
Jon Ryan, Regina, P (Seattle)

FORMER CISPLAYERS RECENTLY RELEASED BY NFL TEAMS:

Linden Gaydosh, DT, Calgary (released by Carolina on Aug.24)
Cory Greenwood, LB, Concordia (released by Detroit on Aug. 8)
Jorgen Hus, LS, Regina (released by St. Louis on Aug. 25)
Israel Idonije, DE, Manitoba (released by New York Giants on Aug.30)
Vaughn Martin, DT, Western (released by Detroit on June 2)
Chad Rempel, LS, Saskatchewan (released by Chicago on Aug. 18)

ALL-TIME CISPLAYERS IN THE NFL (at least one regular season or playoffgame):

Stefan Charles, Regina, DT (Buffalo 2013)
Akiem Hicks, Regina, DE (New Orleans 2012-2013)
Jon Ryan, Regina, P (Seattle 2008-2013 / Green Bay 2006-2007)
Cory Greenwood, Concordia, LB (Kansas City 2010-2012)
Vaughn Martin, Western, DT (Miami 2013 / San Diego 2009-2012)
Israel Idonije, Manitoba, DE (Detroit 2013 / Chicago 2004-2012)
Samuel Giguère, Sherbrooke, WR (Indianapolis 2009)
Dan Federkeil, Calgary, OL (Indianapolis 2006-2009)
Steve Morley, Saint Mary’s, OG/OT (New York Jets 2005)
Randy Chevrier, McGill, LS/DE (Dallas & Cincinnati 2001)
Jean-Philippe Darche, McGill, LS (Seattle 2000-2006 / Kansas City2007-2008)
Jerome Pathon, Acadia, REC (Indianapolis 1998-2001 / New Orleans2002-2004 / Atlanta 2005)
Tim Tindale, Western, RB (Buffalo 1995-1997)
Mark Montreuil, Concordia, CB (San Diego 1995-1997)
Tyrone Williams, Western, WR (Dallas 1993)
Dean Dorsey, Toronto, K (Green Bay & Philadelphia 1988)
Brant Bengen, UBC, WR (Seattle 1987)
Dave Sparenberg, Western, OG (Cleveland 1987)
Brian Belway, Calgary, DE (Los Angeles Raiders 1987)
Mike Schad, Queen’s, OG (Los Angeles Rams 1987-1988 /Philadelphia 1989-1993)
Ken Clark, Saint Mary’s, P (Los Angeles Rams 1979)
Brian Fryer, Alberta, REC (Washington 1976)
Jim Young, Queen’s, RB/REC (Minnesota 1965-1966)
Bill Crawford, UBC, OG (New York Giants 1960)
Joe Krol, Western, K/RB (Detroit 1945)
Les Lear, Manitoba, OG/OT (Cleveland 1944-1945 / Los Angeles Rams1946 / Detroit 1947)

About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup

Canadian Interuniversity Sport will celebrate the 50th TELUSVanier Cup throughout its 2014 football season. For the first timein history, the championship game will be staged in Montreal – atPercival Molson Memorial Stadium – on Saturday, November 29, at 1p.m. ET, live on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.

Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticket information)www.vaniercup.com

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and fourregional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12different sports. CIS also provides high performance internationalopportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and SummerUniversiades, as well as numerous world university championships.For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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