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CFL National Combine

03/20/2019, 10:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Former CJFL players will highlight this weekend

Photo courtesy of AllSportMedia.ca

The CFL will hold its National Combine beginning on Friday in Toronto.  The CJFL will have at least five players at the three day event and potentially more.

The Ontario Regional Combine is scheduled for today with six former CJFL players participating.  Jesse Amankwaa who played for the Okanagan Sun last season was been tagged for a “player to watch” and it is expected he will be invited to the National Combine the next day.  The other five competing on Thursday are: Brett Hanchak (Colts), Brandon Ihanza (Sun, Rebels), Williams Omiti (Grizzlies), Hakeem Johnson (Beefeaters) and Brendan Hepburn (Beefeaters).

The five former CJFL players that have already punched their ticket to the National Combine are:  Jamel Lyles (Rebels), Jon Harke (Wildcats), Zack Williams (Rifles), Shai Ross (Sun) and Tariq LaChance (Rifles, Colts).

The CFL broke down each event at the National Combine and their importance to the players overall performance:

Bench Press

A test for: Upper Body Strength and balance

Attempts: One attempt at doing as many repetitions as possible using 225 lbs on the bar.

Equipment: Olympic style weights, bar and collars. Heavy duty bench and rack. Warm-up area is provided.

Description: Test is done using Olympic style weights, bar and collars. A professional heavy duty rack and spotter(s) is provided. (Anytime you are preparing for this test you should always warm up and have a qualified spotter behind you, or two – one on either side in case you fail in your last attempt. Also we suggest you use collars on the bar at all times).

1 – Take up your position with your back on the bench
2 – Feet flat on either side of the bench
3 – Once the bar is lifted from the rack, shoulders, mid-back and tail bone should remain in contact with the bench at all times.
4 – Lower the bar to the chest and back to full arm extension
  – Minimal bouncing of bar off chest is permitted
  – Must have full extension of arms on each rep
  – Resting with arms fully extended during test is permitted

3-Cone Drill

A test for: Evaluates player’s change of direction, balance and ability to get up to speed quickly.

Equipment: 18 inch cones

Attempts: One (maximum two with one mulligan). Runner will be given one mulligan if he falls, knocks over a cone, or improperly runs drill. He must run this attempt immediately after mulligan is awarded.

Description: From the starting point, the player is in a 3 point stance (either hand down touching the line). He will run to the first line 5 yards straight ahead and touch the line with his right hand pivoting and coming back to the starting line touching the starting line with his right hand and proceed back in the same direction. He will run around the 18” cone and head right 90 degrees and to an 18” cone 5 yards away running around the cone, keeping the cone on his left hand side, back to the 2nd cone, keeping the cone to his left hand side, and on through the finish line.

1 – Start in a 3 point stance with either hand down, hand must be behind the starting line
2 – Must be set prior to start at least one second.
3 – No rolling starts
4 – Time starts on runner’s first movement
5 – While rounding the 18” cones the player can never lean over and touch the ground with his
hands, he will be disqualified for that attempt.
6 – If, when rounding either cone, they are knocked over or displaced he will be disqualified for
that attempt.
7 – It is the responsibility of the player not to slip and adjust to the surface.
8 – Three cone director will inform runner, if he fails to complete drill on first attempt, that his
mulligan will be his final attempt.

40 Yard Dash

A test for: Quickness (10 & 20 times) and pure speed (40).
Attempts: Two (if ran outside, once with the wind and once against the wind)

Description:

1 – Must start in a 3 point stance (either hand down)
2 – Must be set prior to start at least one second.
3 – No rolling starts
4 – Time starts on runner’s first movement

Times: Taken to the nearest hundredth of a second. E.g. 40=4.46, 20=2.26, 10=1.26

20 Yard Short Shuttle

A test for: Lateral quickness, start/stop quickness and agility.

Attempts: Two (maximum three with one mulligan). Once going left and once going right. Runner will be given one mulligan if he falls, does not touch or improperly touches a line, or uses both hands to touch. He must run this attempt immediately after mulligan is awarded.

Description: Runner will start in the middle of the course starting in a 3 point stance with one hand down (either hand). He will run 5 yards to his left touching the line with his left hand and race 10 yards back across his starting point to another line touching the line with his right hand and then race back to the starting point. Second time through, process is repeated in the opposite direction.

1 – The runner will straddle the starting line, feet equal distance from the starting line
2 – Must start in a 3 point stance with either hand down on the middle of the line.
3 – Must be set prior to start at least one second.
4 – No rolling starts.
5 – Time starts on runner’s first movement.
6 – Only one can hand touch the ground at any given time.
7 – It is the responsibility of the player not to slip and adjust to the surface.
8 – Shuttle director will inform runner, if he has used his mulligan on a previous attempt, that this is his final attempt.

Times: Taken to the nearest hundredth of a second. E.g. 4.05 sec.

Vertical Jump

A test for: Explosiveness and vertical leaping ability

Equipment: Vertec or tape measure

Attempts: A player can jump as many times as he likes, as long as he improves each time he jumps. Spotters will be in place to ensure this privilege is not abused.

Description: From a set position, players will perform a two footed jump and touch the highest slat-marker possible. Each player prior to his jump will have his vertical reach tested. This will be done using either your left or right hand (Players choice but if tested with right hand must jump with right hand).

1 – VJ Director will measure 18 and/or 24 inches down from the bottom marker on the Vertec and place a piece of tape at each mark.
2 – Player will stand w/ his right side (ankle, hip, shoulder; left side if left handed) against the Vertec and extend his arm upward as far as possible.
3 – Director will extend the Vertec to the top of the players’ extended hand at the top edge of tape and tighten in place. The bottom marker will represent 18 or 24 inches for that player.
4 – Player starts jump with both feet planted on the ground.
5 – Player may swing arms and dip knees.
6 – Players may not shuffle feet before take-off as this will result in a scratch and jump will not count.
7 – Player attempts as many jumps as he would like (must improve each time), touching the highest slat-marker on the Vertec from the floor.
8 – That mark represents the players’ vertical jump.

Measurements: Given in Inches and 1/4 of inches E.g. 34 and ¼ inches or 34 and ¾ inches.

Broad or Standing Long Jump

A test for: Explosiveness, check for correlation to Vertical Jump, body control.

Equipment: Cones marking 3, 6, 9 and 12 feet. Tape measure. Measuring Stick

Attempts: Two

Description: A player stands behind a line and jumps forward as far as he can in a 3 foot lane and the measurement will be from the starting line (same place his toes started from) to the back of the foot (heal) that is closest to the starting line upon landing.

1 – When starting; Both feet are behind starting line, flat footed, no steps prior to jump
2 – Player can use arms for momentum and feet can be together or slightly apart
3 – Players feet must remain behind the starting line until he leaves on his jump
4 – Upon landing, as long as players foot closest to the starting line remains planted, the player may fall forward.
  – Disqualification occurs if the player skips his feet across the starting line on jump or when a player falls back towards the starting line.
  – Disqualification is at the discretion of the spotter.
Measurements: Taken to the nearest ¼ inch and given in Feet & Inches E.g. 9 ft and ¼ inch or 9
ft and ¾ inch.

Results From CFL Western Regional Combine

03/11/2019, 10:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A total of 20 CJFL players took part on Monday

A total of 20 players with CJFL experience hit the Commonwealth Field House in Edmonton on Monday for the CFL Western Regional Combine.   It was an impressive afternoon for all 20 however two stood out among the others.

Former Okanagan Sun receiver Shai Ross hit his stride topping all participants in four of the six major tests including an incredible 11’3.00” broad jump.  In the premier event, the 40-yard dash Ross ran a blistering 4.65 just two one hundredths of a second behind the top competitor.  He was the fastest player in the short shuttle (4.17) and three-cone (6.87) and has been invited to the CFL National Combine in Toronto from March 22-24th.

Former Winnipeg Rifle and Calgary Colt Tariq LaChance has also been invited to the National Combine in Toronto.  He finished third overall in the broad jump, leaping 9’9.75”. He then finished second among defensive linemen in the three-cone drill with a time of 7.72 and in the shuttle with 4.66; he placed third among defensive lineman with a leap of 30 inches.  

Last year all three players that were selected from the Western Combine were also drafted by CFL teams.

Here are the full results from all 20 former CJFL players:

Name Bench 40-yard dash Broad Jump Vertical 3-cone Shuttle
Colton Balicki (Huskies) 8 5.04 8'9.5" 25.5 7.28 4.47
John Beckerleg (Rams) 9 5 8'7.0" 23 7.32 4.43
Cole Benkic (Hilltops) 11 5.22 9'0.6" 30 7.19 4.62
Cord Delinte (Sun) 18 4.81 9'6.2" 29.5 7.5 4.41
Trysten Dyce (Thunder) 9 DNP 7'10.6" 25 DNP DNP
Troy Hansen (Huskies) 14 4.92 9'8.6" 27.5 7.19 4.55
Ty Hearing (Hilltops) 22 5.53 8'2.0" 24 DNP DNP
Layne Hull (Sun) 12 4.9 8'11.1" 28.5 7.28 4.53
Kemal Kochisarli (Wildcats) 20 5.73 7'8.5" 24.5 8.16 4.97
Brandt Kolybaba (Huskies) 11 5.14 8'1.7" 24 7.63 4.56
Tariq LaChance (Rifles/Colts) N/A 5.08 9'9.7" 30 7.72 4.66
Andrew MacLean (Huskies) N/A 5.78 7'9.6" 22 8.35 5.05
Brad Mikoluff (Rifles) 16 5.57 7'5.3" 21 8.41 5.12
Charles Nwoye (Rams) N/A 4.75 9'5.5" 32.5 7.81 4.63
Cody Peters (Hilltops) 14 5.24 8'6.2" 28 7.25 4.46
Shai Ross (Sun) N/A 4.65 11'3.0" 37.5 6.87 4.17
Dylan Schrot (Raiders/Colts) 11 4.81 9'8.6" 32 7.28 4.38
Kyle Siemens (Thunder) N/A 5.25 8'10.0" 26 7.59 4.37
Chad Teskey (Thunder) 19 5.5 8'0.0" 24 8.16 4.88
Reid McMorris (Huskers) 20 5.48 8'6.6" 23.5 8.44 5

 

CJFL @ CFL Regional Combines

03/09/2019, 2:00pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

33 players with CJFL experience will be attending

The CJFL will be very well represented next week at the three CFL Regional Combines along with the National event in Toronto.  A total of 33 players with CJFL experience will take part beginning in Edmonton on Monday.

The Regional Combines allow players to show their skills at various testing stations like the 40-yard dash, the short shuttle, three-cone drill and bench press.  Players attending these three events are hoping to win an invitation to the National Combine which is a three day event from March 22-24 and features the top prospects eligible for the 2019 CFL Draft on May 2nd.

The first Regional Combine is the Western date on Monday in Edmonton and will highlight 20 players with CJFL experience.  They are:

Cord Delinte  - Okanagan Sun
Layne Hull – Okanagan Sun
Shai Ross – Okanagan Sun
Colton Balicki – Edmonton Huskies
Troy Hansen – Edmonton Huskies
Brandt Kolybaba – Edmonton Huskies
Andrew MacLean – Edmonton Huskies
Charles Nwoye – Langley Rams
John Beckerleg - Langley Rams
Tristen Dyce – Regina Thunder
Kyle Siemans - Regina Thunder
Chad Teskey - Regina Thunder
Brad Mikoluff – Winnipeg Rifles
Tariq LaChance – Winnipeg Rifles/Calgary Colts
Dylan Schrot – VI Raiders/Calgary Colts
Ty Hering – Saskatoon Hilltops
Cole Benkic - Saskatoon Hilltops
Cody Peters - Saskatoon Hilltops
Kemal Kochisarli –Edmonton Wildcats
Reid McMorris - Valley Huskers

Following the Western Combine, Montreal will host the Eastern Regional Combine on Wednesday with four players with CJFL experience attending.   They are:

Jeremy Fagnan – Edmonton Wildcats
Jimmy Cunningham – London Beefeaters
Lerone Robinson – Okanagan Sun
Dylan Tucker – Langley Rams

The final Regional Combine is set for Thursday March 21st in Toronto.  There will be six players with CJFL experience in attendance.  They are:

Brett Hunchak – Calgary Colts
Brandon Ihanza – Okanagan Sun/Westshore Rebels
Jesse Amankwaa – Okanagan Sun
Williams Omiti – GTA Grizzlies
Hakeen Johnson – London Beefeaters
Brendan Hepburn - London Beefeaters

Following the three Regional Combines the National event will take place and already three players with CJFL experience have been invited.  They are:

Jon Harke – Edmonton Wildcats
Jamel Lyles – Westshore Rebels
Zack Williams – Winnipeg Rifles

Good luck to these 31 players as they hope to catch the eye of a CFL team on May 2nd and join the other 21 players with CJFL experience already in the Canadian Football League.