CFL Scouting Bureau: 14 CIS players on initial prospect list


Sept 11, 2014 (ISN) – OTTAWA (CIS) – Nic Demski, a slotback from the University of Manitoba, is the
top-ranked CIS player on the initial prospect list released by the CFL’s Scouting
Bureau in advance of the league’s 2015 Canadian Draft.

The Scouting Bureau list was expanded from 15 to 20 prospects this year and 14 CIS
standouts found their way on the first ranking of the season. Not surprisingly, the
Laval Rouge et Or and Calgary Dinos, who faced off in the 2013 Vanier Cup final,
each placed three members on the September list.

Demski, a 6-0, 215-pound senior in his fourth campaign with the Bisons, has been
named an all-Canadian in each of his first three university seasons, twice as a kick
returner and last year as a receiver. The Winnipeg product moved from running back
to slotback last fall and enjoyed instant success at his new position, leading the
Canada West conference with seven touchdown catches in eight league games and
placing second in receiving yards (640).

The other CIS stars included on the initial Scouting Bureau list are Laval offensive
lineman Danny Groulx (No. 4), Western defensive lineman Daryl Waud (No. 5), Calgary
offensive lineman Sukh Chungh (No. 8), Regina receiver Addison Richards (No. 11),
Wilfrid Laurier defensive back Chris Ackie (No. 12), Laval defensive lineman Brandon
Tennant (No. 13), Calgary offensive lineman Sean McEwen (No. 14), McMaster
linebacker Nicholas Shortill (No. 15), Laval offensive lineman Karl Lavoie (No. 16),
Laurier defensive lineman Ese Mrabure-Ajufo (No. 17), Regina defensive back Tevaughn
Campbell (No. 18), Calgary receiver Jake Harty (No. 19) and Western defensive
lineman Rory Connop (No. 20).

Last May, Laval centre Pierre Lavertu became the eighth CIS player in as many years
– and the 12th in the past 15 years – to be selected first overall in the CFL
Canadian Draft when the Calgary Stampeders called his name at No. 1. He was ranked
fourth, second and third, respectively, on the three Scouting Bureau lists published
in 2013-14.

A record 59 CIS players (out of 65 total picks) were selected in the 2014 CFL Draft,
including eight in the first round, also an all-time mark for CIS (tied with 1970
and 1972).

NOTES: The Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors
and general managers from the league’s nine teams… Another player with ties to CIS
made the initial prospect list of 2014. Running back Tyler Varga, ranked No. 2, was
named the CIS rookie of the year with Western in 2011 before transferring to Yale in
the NCAA.

CFL release:

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Rank Name University Hometown
Pos. Ht. Wt.

1. Brett Boyko UNLV Saskatoon,
Sask. OL 6-7 310

2. Tyler Varga Yale Kitchener,
Ont. RB 5-11 220

3. Nic Demski Manitoba Winnipeg, Man.
REC 6-0 215

4. Danny Groulx Laval Gatineau, Que.
OL 6-6 325

5. Daryl Waud Western Hamilton, Ont.
DL 6-5 270

6. Alex Mateas Connecticut Ottawa, Ont.
OL 6-4 309

7. Jacob Ruby Richmond London, Ont.
OL 6-7 315

8. Sukh Chungh Calgary Port Coquitlam,
B.C. OL 6-4 303

9. Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College Montreal, Que.
DL 6-7 297

10. Dillon Guy Buffalo Hamilton,
Ont. OL 6-4 317

11. Addison Richards Regina Regina, Sask.
REC 6-5 205

12. Chris Ackie Laurier Cambridge,
Ont. DB 6-2 205

13. Brandon Tennant Laval Montreal, Que.
DL 6-2 305

14. Sean McEwen Calgary Calgary, Alta.
OL 6-3 297

15. Nicholas Shortill McMaster Nobleton, Ont.
LB 6-2 223

16. Karl Lavoie Laval Quebec City,
Que. OL 6-4 285

17. Ese Mrabure-Ajufo Laurier Mississauga, Ont.
DL 6-4 260

18. Tevaughn Campbell Regina Toronto, Ont.
DB 6-0 185

19. Jake Harty Calgary Calgary, Alta.
REC 6-2 210

20. Rory Connop Western Edmonton, Alta.
DL 6-5 282

About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup

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

Scott Harrigan
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