2019 Vanier Cup finalist Marc-Antoine Dequoy of the Montreal Carabins highlights a group of eight U SPORTS players on the final spring prospect list released by the Canadian Football League’s Scouting Bureau Monday in advance of the 2020 Draft.
Dequoy, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back, makes his second consecutive appearance ranked No. 9 on the Scouting Bureau Rankings, after opening the season at No. 15. This season, the Île Bizard, Que., native had 37.5 tackles – 34 of them solo – and a pair of interceptions in eight regular season games. In the playoffs, Dequoy added a key 85-yard pickoff return for a touchdown in Montreal’s 25-10 Dunsmore Cup victory over Laval. That clinched the Carabins’ first RSEQ title since 2015, en route to a Uteck Bowl win at Acadia and a spot in the 55th Vanier Cup Presented by Promutuel Insurance against the Calgary Dinos.
The Vanier Cup appearance capped a decorated career for Dequoy, who was named the RSEQ Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, and is a three-time RSEQ All-Star and U SPORTS All-Canadian, including back-to-back First Team nods the last two seasons.
Alberta offensive lineman Carter O’Donnell is the highest-ranking U SPORTS product on the final Scouting Bureau ranking at No. 3. The Red Deer, Alta., product has been steadily rising, opening the season at No. 11 before moving up seven spots to No.4 in December after receiving First Team All-Canadian honours this season.
Both Dequoy and O’Donnell represented U SPORTS football in the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl in January. The final Scouting Bureau list also includes two players from Laval, as well as one each from Queen’s, Waterloo, Western and Carleton.
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.
Last year, 52 U SPORTS players were selected in the 2019 CFL Draft out of 73 total picks (71.2 per cent).
The 2020 CFL Draft is scheduled for April 30.
2020 CFL SCOUTING BUREAU (Final Rankings)
|1||Neville Gallimore||DT||Oklahoma||St. Catharines, Ont.||Arts & Sciences||1||1|
|2||Chase Claypool||WR||Notre Dame||Abbotsford, B.C.||Management Consulting||2||2|
|3||Carter O’Donnell||OL||Alberta||Red Deer, Alta.||Education||11||4|
|4||Tomas Jack-Kurdyla||OL||Buffalo||Montreal, Que.||Educational Studies||13||5|
|5||Dejon Brisset||WR||Virigina||Mississauga, Ont.||TBD||6||7|
|6||Michael Hoecht||DT||Brown||Oakhood, Ohio||Business||NR||NR|
|7||Nathan Rourke||QB||Ohio||Oakville, Ont.||Secondary Ed. & Integrated Social Studies||3||3|
|8||Jordan Williams||LB||East Carolina||Fayetville, N.C.||University Studies||NR||NR|
|9||Marc-Antoine Dequoy||DB||Montreal||Île Bizard, Que.||Video Games Studies||15||9|
|10||Mason Bennett||DE||North Dakota||Winnipeg, Man.||Communications||9||8|
|11||Ketel Assé||OL||Laval||Saint-Marc, Haiti||Sport Intervention||7||6|
|12||Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund||DL||Southeastern Louisiana||Dartmouth, N.S.||TBD||NR||17|
|13||Brendan O’Leary-Orange||WR||Nevada||Toronto, Ont.||General Studies||14||10|
|14||Cameron Lawson||DL||Queen’s||Caledon, Ont.||Arts & Science||NR||15|
|15||Adam Auclair||LB||Laval||Quebec, Que.||Teaching Physical & Health Ed.||8||13|
|16||Dylan Giffen||OL||Western||Strathroy, Ont.||King’s College||16||12|
|17||Tyler Ternowski||WR||Waterloo||Hamilton, Ont.||Economics||19||16|
|18||Rysen John||WR||Simon Fraser||Vancouver, B.C.||TBD||NR||11|
|19||Jack Cassar||LB||Carleton||Mississauga, Ont.||Business||NR||20|
|20||J.J. Molson||K||UCLA||Montreal, Que.||Business||12||19|
Appeared on previous Scouting Bureau List this season
|Name||Pos.||University||Hometown||Program||Sept. 12||Dec. 10|
|Adam Sinagra||QB||Calgary||Pointe Claire, Que.||Economics||18||14|
|Jesse Lawson||OL||Carleton||Vancouver, B.C.||Psychology||20||18|
|Sage Doxtater||OL||New Mexico St.||Welland, Ont.||Sociology||4||NR|
|Patrice Rene||DB||North Carolina||Ottawa, Ont.||TBD||5||NR|
|Daniel Joseph||DE||Penn State||Brampton, Ont.||Labor & Employment Relations||10||NR|
|Dev Lamour||DB||Buffalo||Montreal, Que.||Educational Studies||17||NR|