TORONTO BOUND PART 3: THE CFL ADDS A FURTHER 11 GLOBAL PLAYERS.

TORONTO BOUND PART 3: THE CFL ADDS A FURTHER 11 GLOBAL PLAYERS.
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There are 11 more Global Payers who are Toronto bound following invitation by the CFL.

This is the third wave of players to be invited along. We have already taken a look at the first and second group of players to get the call.

The Qualifiers

We know who is coming to the Combine in Toronto so far. You can read about them in the above links. Therefore we thought we’d do a very brief run-down on each player that will appear from this new list.

Five of the players are designated as Australian. Because of that I have split the list into Aussie and non-Aussie groupings for easy reading.

Australian Global Players

Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei, is a Defensive Lineman. A two-year letter winner with the Washington State Cougars. He appeared in 25 games, six as a starter & recorded 29 tackles with 4.5 for loss including 3.5 sacks. Also made a career-high seven tackles against Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Jake Ford is a Punter/Kicker. Most recently played for the NCAA Division II Ouachita Baptist University Tigers. As a Junior in 2018 he led the nation in net punting during the regular season. Also dropped 28 of his 52 punts inside the 20 yard line.

Ryan Meskell served as place kicker for the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors. Whilst with the Warriors he played in all 26 games from 2017-18. In the latter year he earned academic all-MW honours. As well as being selected as the Coach Dave Holmes Most Improved Player.

Joel Whitford was the starting punter for the Washington Huskies from 2017-19 only missing his spot a couple of times due to injury. In 39 career games with the Huskies he punted 119 times for 5121 yards (43 yard average). Received All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2019.

Joseph Zema is a punter who has been plying his trade with the Incarnate Word Cardinals in the Division I FCS Southland Conference. In 2017 he punted 77 times netting 3,590 yards and 46.6 yards per kick average.

Non Australian Global Players

Jan-Phillip Bombek is a German Defensive Lineman. A member of the Colorado State Rams he played 22 games for the team in the Mountain West from 2018-19. In 2019 he had 25 tackles, (6 for a loss), 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery.

Aaron Donkor is a German Defensive Lineman. He was with Arkansas State as a Defensive End. Signed with the Red Wolves after excelling at New Mexico Military Institute.

Steve Neilsen is a Danish Offensive Lineman. The 6′ 8″ 307 lb lineman has played at guard and tackle for Eastern Michigan. Named to the 2019 pre-season All-MAC team in 2019.

Jonas Schenderlein is a German kicker who played for the Concordia Golden Bears. He attended rookie Mini Camps with the Minnesota Vikings & Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. Is a two-time Fred Mitchell Award National Top-10 Finalist (2017 & 2018).

Tyron Vrede is a linebacker from Holland. Played for the University of North Dakota. Appeared in 23 games for the Fighting Hawks from 2018-19. Finished with 56 tackles, (10 for loss), & 3.5 sacks.

Takeru Yamasaki is a Japanese punter/kicker. Has played for the Elecom Kobe Finies of the Japanese X-League. A short highlights package of his kicking can be found here.

Two further Global Combines are set to be held in Mexico & Brazil. After that the full list of global players headed to the Toronto event will be announced. This all leads up to the 2020 CFL Global Draft which will take place on April the 16th.

Featured Image: Steve Nielsen in action on the O line. Image from emuegales.com

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