Photo courtesy of Jason Harding
This weekend the Okanagan Sun will open their spring camp under a new coaching staff led by rookie head coach and former CFLer Jamie Boreham.
The Sun are coming off a disappointing home loss in last season’s Cullen Cup final and will have a new look here in 2019.
Perhaps a new coaching staff can push the Sun over the hump and get back to the CJFL Canadian Bowl for the first time since 2015. The CJFL title game will be held in BC this season.
Coach Boreham speaks with Ryan Watters about camp and the upcoming season.
It was an incredible day for the CJFL with nine former players being selected in the CFL Draft on Thursday.
Not only was the Draft incredible but it was a historical one as Shane Richards becomes just the third player with CJFL experience to be selected #1 overall. The offensive lineman tips the scales at 6’8 and 325 pounds and was taken by the Toronto Argos. Former Okanagan Sun Chad Folk was taken in the top spot in 1997 and former Edmonton Huskie Simeon Rottier was selected #1 overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2009.
He was a standout for the Calgary Colts before getting an opportunity to shine in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State University (OSU).
In March Richards declined to participate at the CFL National Combine after performing the same drills the week before at the OSU Pro Day. He hit 22 reps on the bench and reached 27 inches in the vertical jump.
He was in Toronto earlier this week meeting with the Argos and was potentially discussing a contract.
The seven other CJFL players taken in Thursday’s draft include the following:
Rd 3 Pick 28 - Zack Williams - Rifles – Calgary Stampeders
Rd 4 Pick 33 - Hakeem Johnson - Beefs – BC Lions
Rd 5 Pick 40 - Shai Ross - Sun – Edmonton Eskimos
Rd 5 Pick 42 - Jonathan Harke - Wildcats – BC Lions
Rd 6 Pick 49 - Charles Nwoye - Rams – BC Lions
Rd 6 Pick 52 - Tariq Lachance - Rifles/Colts – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Rd 6 Pick 54 - Chris Larsen - Rebels - Ottawa RedBlacks
Rd 8 Pick 69 - Jamel Lyles - Rebels – BC Lions
Photo courtesy of Lorne White - KelownaNow.com
Former Okanagan Sun receiver Shai Ross has made a splash across the football world in the last month.
He dominated the CFL Regional Western Combine in Edmonton before winning an invitation to the National Combine in Toronto a couple of weeks later. He was outstanding in Toronto which not only raised his CFL draft stock, but also caught the eye of the NFL’s New York Giants.
The four time Super Bowl champions have invited the former CJFLer to their Mini Camp beginning this weekend in New York. As a matter of fact Shai will be in the air during the first round of the CFL Draft on route to the Big Apple on Thursday.
He talks with Ryan Watters about his extremely exciting month.