2019 Lieutenant Governor Athletic Award finalist and reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner Adam Sinagra of the Calgary Dinos highlights a group of eight U SPORTS  players on the initial prospect list released by the Canadian Football League’s Scouting Bureau Thursday  in advance of the 2020 Draft.

Sinagra, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback from Pointe Claire, Que., was named the most outstanding player in U SPORTS football last season. The fifth-year arts student had 3,233 passing yards in 2018 to set a new U SPORTS record, as he led the Dinos to a perfect 8-0 season in Canada West play and the most potent offence in the nation, averaging 570.9 yards per game. Sinagra ranked second in the nation in passing touchdowns with 23 and led the conference with a passer rating of 126. He also earned Canada West Hardy Cup MVP Honours in the 2016 season as the Dinos advanced to the Vanier Cup.

“Adam’s confidence level and his leadership have really emerged…It’s something we didn’t see a lot of in his first two years where he was more of a quiet leader. Now, he says the right things at the right time and shares the information with his receivers and line,” said Dinos head coach Wayne Harris Jr. ” He learned what it’s like to prepare as a professional – the way he watches film, makes notes in meetings on our systems and our opponents has significantly changed…Everything he has learned has helped him be a better quarterback.”

Of the eight U SPORTS standouts who cracked the first Top 20 rankings of the season, the first two come from the highly-successful Laval Rouge et Or program with offensive lineman Ketel Assé at No. 7 and linebacker Adam Auclair at No.8, respectively.

Last season, Assé was named a First Team All-Canadian, while Auclair captured the Bruce Coulter Award as Vanier Cup Defensive MVP. Auclair also won the Presidents’ Trophy as U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

The first Scouting Bureau list also includes players from Alberta, Carleton, Montreal, Waterloo and Western.

Last May, Waterloo Warriors offensive lineman Jesse Gibbon was the first U SPORTS player selected in the CFL Draft when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats called his name at No. 2. After being left off last season’s first two prospect lists in August and December, Gibbon was ranked 14th on the final list released in April heading into the Draft.

Gibbon was one of three U SPORTS players who went in the opening round, along with Laval defensive lineman Mathieu Betts at No.3 to Edmonton and Windsor offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais at No. 4 to Winnipeg.  In total, 52 U SPORTS players were selected in the 2019 CFL Draft out of 73 total picks (71.2 per cent).

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year, usually in the Fall, Winter and Spring. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.

Rank Name Pos. University Hometown Ht. Wt. Program
1 Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma St. Catharines, Ont. 6-2 301 Arts & Sciences
2 Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame Abbotsford, B.C. 6-4 229 Management Consulting
3 Nathan Rourke QB Ohio Oakville, Ont. 6-2 208 Secondary Ed. & Integrated Social Studies
4 Sage Doxtater OL New Mexico State Welland, Ont. 6-7 330 Sociology
5 Patrice Rene DB North Carolina Ottawa, Ont. 6-2 208 TBD
6 Dejon Brisset WR Richmond Mississauga, Ont. 6-2 195 TBD
7 Ketel Assé OL Laval Saint-Marc, Haiti 6-7 300 Sport Intervention
8 Adam Auclair LB Laval Quebec, Que. 6-2 205 Teaching Physical & Health Ed.
9 Mason Bennett DE North Dakota Winnipeg, Man. 6-4 258 Communications
10 Daniel Joseph DE Penn State Brampton, Ont. 6-3 260 Labor & Employment Relations
11 Carter O’Donnell OL Alberta Red Deer, Alta. 6-6 315 Education
12 J.J. Molson K UCLA Montreal, Que. 6-1 197 Business
13 Tomas Jack-Kurdyla OL Buffalo Montreal, Que. 6-4 300 Educational Studies
14 Brendan O’Leary-Orange WR Nevada Toronto, Ont. 6-4 210 General Studies
15 Marc-Antoine Dequoy DB Montreal Île Bizard, Que. 6-3 195 Video Games Studies
16 Dylan Giffen OL Western Strathroy, Ont. 6-8 347 King’s College
17 Dev Lamour DB Buffalo Montreal, Que. 6-2 205 Educational Studies
18 Adam Sinagra QB Calgary Pointe Claire, Que. 6-1 195 Economics
19 Tyler Ternowski WR Waterloo Hamilton, Ont. 6-0 185 Economics
20 Jesse Lawson OL Carleton Vancouver, B.C. 6-5 300 Psychology