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 Kirby Sports Photography
The Langley Rams will open their 2019 CJFL Spring Camp this weekend at McLeod Stadium.
The Rams are coming off a wonderful year winning the BC Conference Cullen Cup, the CJFL National Semi-Final then played for the Canadian Bowl.
Head coach Howie Zaron returns and gives his thoughts on the offseason and this weekend's Spring Camp.
The CJFL and BC Conference (BCFC) have released their 2019 schedule that will see the six member conference open the CJFL season on August 3rd.
The defending Cullen Cup champion Langley Rams will open the season at home on that Saturday at 4:00pm at McLeod Stadium when they host the VI Raiders in a playoff rematch.
Earlier in the day the Westshore Rebels will visit the Valley Huskers at Exhibition Stadium at 2:00pm then the nightcap will see the Okanagan Sun welcome the Kamloops Broncos at 7:00pm at the Apple Bowl.
The teams will play a 10-week regular season schedule concluding on October 20th. The following weekend will see the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. Then the BC Cullen Cup Conference final will be played on November 2nd.
The winner will host the 2019 Canadian Bowl on November 16th against the winner of the Prairie-Ontario National Semi-Final which will be held in Ontario on November 3rd.