The 2017 Grey Cup will take place in Ottawa on Sunday, and for the second time in five years the Calgary Stampeders will be playing the Toronto Argonauts. However this time, the Grey Cup will be on a neutral site as five years ago the Argonauts used home field to their advantage in beating the Stampeders 35-22 indoors at the Rogers Centre.
One of the best things about the Canadian Football League is the fact that there is mandatory Canadian content. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the Canadian players who are set to start in the game.
For the Stampeders, the 13 projected Canadian starters are linebacker Tunde Adeleke of Ottawa, Ontario, long guard Shane Bergman of Teeterville, Ontario, slotback Juwan Brescacin of Mississauga, Ontario, long snapper Pierre-Luc Caron of Laval, Quebec, fullback Rob Cote of Calgary, Alberta, right guard Brad Erdos of Coaldale, Alberta, right tackle Dan Federkeil of Medicine Hat, Alberta, punter Rob Maver of Brampton, Ontario, running back Jerome Messam of Brampton, Ontario, kicker Rene Paredes of Pierrefonds, Quebec, wide receiver Anthony Parker of Vancouver, British Columbia, middle linebacker Alex Singleton of Toronto, Ontario and defensive tackle Derek Wiggan of Toronto, Ontario.
Messam is the top Canadian offensive player on the Stampeders. This past year he had 1016 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 33 catches for 183 receiving yards. Parker had 482 receiving yards and Brescacin had 260 receiving yards.
The Stampeders best Canadian however is on defense where Singleton was the Stampeders’ candidate for top Canadian, top defensive player and most outstanding player. When the award finalists were announced, Singleton was named the top defensive player from the West and is up against Kyries Hebert of the Montreal Alouettes for the CFL’s top defensive player. This past year, Singleton set a Canadian record for most tackles in a season with 123.
For the Argonauts, the 10 projected starters are running back Anthony Coombs of Winnipeg, Manitoba, fullback Declan Cross of Oakville, Ontario, safety Jermaine Gabriel of Scarborough, Ontario, kicker Lirim Hajrullahu of St. Catharines, Ontario, left guard Tyler Holmes of Ottawa, Ontario, defensive end Cleyon Laing of Edmonton, Alberta, center Sean McEwen of Calgary, Alberta, long snapper Jake Reinhart of Guelph, Ontario, right tackle Chris Van Zeyl of Fonthill, Ontario and wide receiver Malcolm Williams of Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
Coombs, who is used mostly as a receiver had 457 yards receiving and only 33 yards rushing. Argonauts head coach Marc Trestman uses more a west coast style offense and loves to throw the football to his running backs. Williams meanwhile had 14 catches for 153 yards.