CIS football: Western’s Waud, Regina’s Richards invited to prestigious Shrine Game

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Dec 11, 2014

OTTAWA (CIS) – Daryl Waud, a defensive tackle from Western University, and Addison Richards, a wide receiver from the University of Regina, have been selected to represent CIS football in the 90th edition of the prestigious East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, live on NFL Network. The game will also be live online as a streaming radio broadcast produced by the EWSG Radio Network, which can be accessed on game day at www.shrinegame.com/en/GameWeek.

The longest running university all-star game in the United States, the Shrine Game has been played annually since 1925 to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, as well as cleft lip and palate care, available to patients and families through the 23 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Since 1985, CIS has been represented annually at the event which features over 100 all-stars, primarily from NCAA institutions. Two CIS players have made the trip every year, with the exception of 1985 (1), 2008 (4) and 2012 (3).

The impressive list of past CIS standouts invited to the Shrine Game includes current NFL linemen Akiem Hicks of the New Orleans Saints and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs, who starred for the Regina Rams and McGill Redmen, respectively; former NFLers Mike Schad (Queen’s), Randy Chevrier (McGill), Dan Federkeil (Calgary), Samuel Giguère (Sherbrooke) and Israel Idonije (Manitoba); as well as Hec Crighton Trophy winners Don Blair (Calgary), Kojo Aidoo (McMaster), Jesse Lumsden (McMaster) and Andy Fantuz (Western).

Highlighting the list of NFL greats who have participated in the event are Tom Brady, Dick Butkus, Larry Csonka, John Elway, Brett Favre, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Roger Staubach and Kellen Winslow. Coaches include Paul “Bear” Bryant, Jerry Glanville, June Jones, Don Shula, Steve Spurrier and Dick Vermeil.

More than 70 Shrine Game alumni have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Waud, a Hamilton native, will be the third Western player to suit up in the Shrine Game, joining Fantuz (2006), a current CFL all-star receiver with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and former offensive lineman Pierre Vercheval (1988), who was voted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007 following an exceptional 14-year career in the CFL.

In his fourth university campaign, Waud was named a first-team OUA conference all-star for the third straight year and a CIS all-Canadian for the third consecutive season, including his second first-team nod. In eight league games this fall, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound social sciences student racked up 14.5 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for a loss and two pass breakups as the Mustangs finished first in the OUA and second in the country allowing only 83 rushing yards per contest.

After playing in the CIS East West Bowl last May, Waud was ranked fifth by the CFL Scouting Bureau in September on its initial prospect list for the league’s 2015 Canadian draft. He moved up to No. 3 and was the top-ranked CIS player on the second list of the season, released on Dec. 10.

“It’s an unbelievable honour to have the opportunity to participate in the 90th East-West Shrine Game,” Waud said. “Few Canadian players get this opportunity and I am looking forward to the week. I want to make a good impression and represent Canadian football well down south.”

“The East-West shrine Game is an excellent opportunity for Daryl to showcase his considerable talents,” said Western head coach Greg Marshall. “Daryl has had an outstanding career here at Western. He is most deserving of this invitation and will be an outstanding ambassador for CIS football.”

Richards, a local product from Regina, joins an elite group of Rams standouts to be selected for the Shrine Game, including former CFL great Jason Clermont (2002), multiple CFL all-star Brendon LaBatte (2008), CFLer Jordan Cisco (2010), as well as Hicks (2012), who current starts at defensive end for New Orleans.

Following a modest start to his university career that saw him catch seven passes in 10 league matches over his first two campaigns, Richards had a breakthrough season in 2013 meriting second-team all-Canadian status after he hauled in 46 balls for 614 yards in only seven games. This fall, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound science major improved to the first all-Canadian team after he set a school record with 55 receptions in eight contests, led the nation with 916 yard and scored six touchdowns as part of the top-rated passing offence in CIS (394.5 yards per game).

Also an East West Bowl participant last spring, Richards was listed at No. 11 by the CFL Scouting Bureau in September and moved up to No. 9 in the December ranking.

“Addison is a very deserving nominee for the Shrine Game,” said Rams head coach Frank McCrystal. “He has the size, strength and speed to compete with the top US college players.”

In St. Petersburg, Waud and Richards will suit up for the East and West, respectively, and will get a chance to play for a pair of high-profile coaches.

The East team will be led by Mike Singletary, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 following a remarkable playing career with the Chicago Bears. A two-time All-American at Baylor University, the linebacker was named to 10 Pro Bowls in 12 seasons with Chicago and helped the Bears capture Super Bowl XX in 1986. Singletary’s coaching career got underway in 2003 as a linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens. He then joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach and was handed the reins midway through the 2008 season, holding the post until the end of the 2010 campaign. From 2011 to 2013, he was an assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Another former NFL bench boss, Jim Zorn, will be in charge of the West troops. A gifted quarterback, Zorn enjoyed a 12-year playing career in the NFL (Seattle, Green Bay, Tampa Bay) and the CFL (Winnipeg), earning a second-team All-Pro selection in 1978 and being named to the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor. He started his coaching career at the college level with Boise State (1988-1991), Utah State (1992-1994) and Minnesota (1995-1996) before making the jump to the pro ranks in 1997 as an assistant with the Seahawks. Following a three-year stint with the Detroit Lions (1998-2000) and a return to Seattle (2001-2007), he became head coach of the Washington Redskins for two seasons in 2008 and 2009. He has since been quarterbacks coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2010) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-2012).

NOTE: The East won the 2014 East-West Shrine Game 23-13 but the West leads the all-time series 47-37-5.

For all the information on the 2015 East-West Shrine Game: www.shrinegame.com

Western CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game

Year- Player- Pos.- Ht.- Wt.- University- Head Coach

2015Addison RichardsWR6-5205ReginaFrank McCrystal
2014Evan GillDL6-3280ManitobaBrian Dobie
2013Kirby FabienOL6-6295CalgaryBlake Nill
2012Ben HeenanOL6-4310SaskatchewanBrian Towriss
2012Akiem HicksDL6-5300ReginaFrank McCrystal
2011Anthony ParkerSB6-2215CalgaryBlake Nill
2010Jordan SiscoSB6-1212ReginaFrank McCrystal
2009Simeon RottierOL6-6286AlbertaJerry Friesen
2008Dylan BarkerS6-4200SaskatchewanBrian Towriss
2008Brendon LaBatteOL6-4320ReginaFrank McCrystal
2007Jordan RempelOL6-6310SaskatchewanBrian Towriss
2006Daniel Federkeil DL6-7 285CalgaryTony Fasano
2005Nick JohanssonDL6-2275UBCLou DesLauriers
2004Ibrahim KhanOL6-4305Simon FraserChris Beaton
2003Israel IdonijeDL6-7285ManitobaBrian Dobie
2002Jason ClermontIR6-1236ReginaFrank McCrystal
2001Carlo Panaro OL6-2281AlbertaTom Wilkinson
2000 Kevin Lefsrud OL6-4285SaskatchewanBrian Towriss
1999Scott Flory OL6-4290SaskatchewanBrian Towriss
1998Bob BeveridgeOL6-6308UBCCasey Smith
1997 Ben Fairbrother OL6-4305CalgaryTony Fasano
1996Don BlairWR6-4280CalgaryPeter Connellan
1995Rohn MeyerOL6-4280CalgaryPeter Connellan
1994Travis SerkeOL6-3290SaskatchewanBrian Towriss
1993Chris KonradDL6-3235CalgaryPeter Connellan
1992Jason RauhausDL6-1240ManitobaScott Spurgeon
1991Mike PavelecOL6-6280CalgaryPeter Connellan
1990Mark SingerLB6-0221AlbertaJim Donlevy
1989Brent KorteDL6-1225AlbertaJim Donlevy
1988Craig WatsonOL6-2250CalgaryPeter Connellan
1987Leo GroenewegenOL6-4260UBCFrank Smith
1986Kent WarnockDL6-7265CalgaryPeter Connellan
1985Tom SpoletiniOL6-2270Calgary Peter Connellan

Eastern CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game

Year- Player- Pos. – Ht. – Wt. -University- Head Coach

2015Daryl WaudDL6-5270WesternGreg Marshall
2014Laurent Duvernay-TardifOL6-5315McGillClint Uttley
2013Matt SewellOL6-8335McMasterStefan Ptaszek
2012Arnaud Gascon-NadonDL6-3250LavalGlen Constantin
2011Matthew O’DonnellOL6-10340Queen’sPat Sheahan
2010Matt MorencieOL6-3290WindsorMike Morencie
2009Étienne LégaréDL6-4265LavalGlen Constantin
2008Éric MarandaLB6-2228LavalGlen Constantin
2008Samuel GiguèreWR6-0215SherbrookeAndré Bolduc
2007Chris BestOL6-4320WaterlooMarshall Bingeman
2006Andy FantuzWR6-4220WesternLarry Haylor
2005Jesse LumsdenRB6-2226McMasterMarcello Campanaro
2004Carl GourguesOL6-1290LavalGlen Constantin
2003Adam MacDonaldLB5-11215StFXDennis McPhee
2002Kojo AidooRB5-11235McMasterGreg Marshall
2001Randy ChevrierDL6-4295McGillCharlie Baillie
2000Kojo MillingtonDL6-3245Wilfrid LaurierRick Zmich
1999Cameron LegaultDL6-3245CarletonDonn Smith
1998Dave Miller-JohnstonP/K6-1180ConcordiaPat Sheahan
1997Mark FarrawayDL6-5260StFXJohn Stevens
1996Harry Van HofwegenDL6-4252CarletonDonn Smith
1995Matthieu QuivigerOL6-5282McGillCharlie Baillie
1994Val St. GermainOL6-4290McGillCharlie Baillie
1993Mike O’SheaLB6-3225GuelphDan McNally
1992Chris MorrisOL6-6285TorontoBob Laycoe
1991Paul VajdaOL6-2265ConcordiaPat Sheahan
1990Chris GioskosOL6-3275OttawaJim Daley
1989Leroy BlughLB6-2230Bishop’sIan Breck
1988Pierre VerchevalOL6-2272WesternLarry Haylor
1987Louie GodryOL6-1240GuelphDan McNally
1986Mike Schad OL 6-5 294 Queen’sDoug Hargreaves

Breakdown of CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game (including 2015)

By position
Offensive line31
Defensive line17
Receivers7
Linebackers5
Running backs2
Safeties1
Kickers1
TOTAL:64

By university
Calgary11
Saskatchewan6
Regina5
Alberta4
Laval4
McGill4
UBC3
Manitoba3
McMaster3
Western3
Carleton2
Concordia2
Guelph2
Queen’s2
StFX2
Bishop’s1
Ottawa1
Sherbrooke1
Simon Fraser1
Toronto1
Waterloo1
Wilfrid Laurier1
Windsor1
TOTAL:64

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