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Mitch Picton Enjoying The Combine

U of R Rams slot back Mitch Picton and OL Jeremy Zver are taking part in the CFL combine in Regina. Below are some of Picton thoughts:

MP–I really think it’s an advantage to do this in my hometown. I have my family here to cheer me on and I get to sleep in my own bed. And believe it or not I’m not as nervous doing this on my home turf.

ME: Any strange any interview questions?

MP: Not really..just some questions about the family business and why I play football  but nothing out of the ordinary.

 

ME: How did you like your testing?

MP: Really pleased with my 40 time and somewhat disappointed with others. But I’m a football player and one on one’s is my thing.

ME: Did you lean on anybody for advice prior to the combine?

MP: Yes Levi Steinhauer, Addison Richards and my brother Aaron. They just told me that I’m a football player first and not to get too wrapped up in testing number.

MB: Do you have to pinch yourself that this is happening?

MP: Ya I was standing outside the BC Lions door in suit thinking to myself I’m going inside soon to talk with Wally Buono!

 

 

Darian Durant Returns To Regina

Montreal Alouettes grabbed most of the attention during day 2 of the Mark’s CFL Week in Regina. Below are of some his thougbts:

ON RETURNING TO REGINA.

It’s bitter sweet, it’s a good day meeting my new teammates and putting on that Alouettes jersey but it’s tough putting away the Riders gear and saying good bye to the community.  I didn’t like how the Riders handled my release with taking the personal shots. I was never a Chris Jones guy. That’s why I only signed a 1 year deal.  But I’ve closed the door on that chapter. Today was the first day I put on the Als jersey and it feels good. It’s a fresh start and I’m excited..I’ve leaned on my good friends like Chick and Dressler because they went through this before me. So they definitely helped me through this process.

ON THE NEW STADIUM AND CFL WEEK

I’m sad I won’t be here to open the stadium but I’m happy for the community and the players that they have a state of the art facility. And I’m proud I played a part in getting it built. Im really happy to see some old friends and touch base with people again here in Regina for CFL week I’m enjoying myself so far. And I can’t wait to go against Rider Nation in week 1.

 

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A total of 37 University of Regina Rams players will be participating in various segments of the first annual CFL Week to be held this Tuesday through Sunday at Evraz Place in Regina.

The list of participating Rams includes slotback Mitchell Picton and offensive lineman Jeremy Zver, who have both been invited to the CFL Combine to be held on Friday and Saturday. Picton was named a first-team All-Canadian this past season, while Zver started all nine games at left tackle for the Rams in his final season of U SPORTS eligibility.

“I’m very excited that the Rams are heavily ingrained in the first ever CFL Week happening in Regina,” Rams head coach Steve Bryce said. “We are involved in many of the facets of the week, including coaching, players participating in the combine, and volunteers. We’ve reached out to assist in any way possible to help make this week a tremendous success.”

The Rams also have six players in Thursday’s CFL Western Regional Combine, each hoping to gain an invitation to join Picton and Zver in the national combine. Wide receiver Andrew Bennett, offensive lineman Matt Degelman, linebacker Zack McEachern, defensive lineman Bryce McKinnon, defensive back Jeff Propp, and linebacker Michael Stefanovic will all participate on Thursday, while the Rams coaching staff will also get involved – they’ll run the position-specific drills at the regional combine.

Three Rams quarterbacks will also serve as throwers in the combines. Seb Britton, Noah Picton, and Tyler Vieira will all throw at the regional combine on Thursday, while Picton will also throw at the national combine.

CFL Week will also feature the Canada West Passing Showcase, a 7-on-8 non-contact tournament for players completing their first or second seasons of U SPORTS eligibility. On the offensive side of the ball, the Rams will showcase quarterback Seb Britton, running backs Scott Jones, Sam Varao, and Brayden Wagg, and receivers Colton Friesen, Kyle Moortgat, Adam Rask, Ryan Schienbein, Daniel Scraper, Michael Scraper, Josh Tipton, and Tanner Zaharia. The defensive roster features linebackers Aidan Anderson, Brody Dirk, Kaiden Jones, Marcus Kuling, and Alex Rorke along with defensive backs Cord Delinte, Dilan Elgert, Royce Hanna, Polis Koko, Liam Lerat, Braedy Will, and Luke Wilson.

The Rams will play three games on Saturday, taking on Saskatchewan at 4:30 before meeting Manitoba (5:25) and Alberta (7:15). The playoff round for the four-team Canada West Passing Showcase will take place on Saturday morning.

A total of five Rams will also volunteer as guest coaches for CFL Flag Football. Kuling, Rask, Blake Anaka, Eric Eads, and Jack Loisdort will all coach at the clinic, which will be held on Thursday night.

(Courtesy Braden Konschuh/UofR Athletics)

Public Enemy #1

boBo Levi Mitchell is one of 60 CFL stars in Regina for the inaugural CFL week. I had a chance to sit down with the Calgary Stampeders star quarterback and I have to say I like the guy.

 

Me:  How does it feel to be here in the place where you are usually public enemy number 1?

BLM: Ya, I’m not their favourite person out here but it’s awesome. It seems like there is more media here than a Grey Cup. I’ve always said Saskatchewan fans are the best in the league. You want to be hated. It’s fun to be yelled at in the visiting park. And the new stadium looks great, I can’t wait to play in it and try and quiet the crowd!

ME: You’re a new dad?

BLM: I sure am and man am I ever excited. I think it fits me well. I’m having fun and there’s nothing better than her wandering eyes locking on you and she smiles or giggles or poops on you!

ME: Are you good at changing diapers?

BLM: The fastest, I’m the best!

ME: Who taught you?

BLM: I practiced on my 2 nephews, so I perfected that skill, in fact the wife hasn’t changed one diaper when I’m around.

ME: Your daughter’s name is ELE is there any significance behind that choice.

BLM: Just  ELE–Everybody Love Everybody. We need that in the world right now.

ME: Have you re-lived the end of that Grey Cup?

BLM:  Only about 3 thousand times. It’s a painful way to end the season. I’m going to bottle that feeling and use it as motivation this year.

ME: What would you have done differently at the end of that game?

BLM: Oh gosh man I can’t answer that. I got a little hot headed and wrongly called my coach out after the game. But it’s because I’m selfish on the football field in that I’m confident in my ability and I want the ball in my hands.  Don’t get me wrong I believe in Buckley and Messam too but I believe in me.  If you look at the tape we had scored a touchdown on the exact same play going the other way. So we thought we’d flip sides and catch them adjusting  but they fell into being the right position and made a helluva play!

ME: So a new dad on the road I imagine you a getting some much need rest?

BLM: No way Ballsy I was up till 4 am playing poker at the Casino with Matt Nichols. We won some money because poker is my game. I was going home early but this fan sat down beside me. He is a long time season ticket holder here and he started talking about Moon, Flutie and Conredge Holloway and I just love those old stories so I stayed up late.

 

CFL Week Kicks Off

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Veteran QB Kevin Glenn was front and centre at day 1 of the inaugural CFL week in Regina. I asked the Riders quarterback what he thought when he heard Vince Young had signed with the team.

KG: I wasn’t overly shocked when I heard and I didn’t think it was ridiculous. I wouldn’t want to people to question the team signing me. You know kind of  like why did they sign that guy he’s in his 17th year, it’s his third time here he’s old news! We all have to still go out and compete for the job. It’s just another name and I’m not taking anything away from Vince Young the person because I don’t know him but we are all just football players trying to make a squad. Honestly the first thing I was thinking was if Vince Young makes our team we will get more exposure in the U-S and then more of my family and friends can watch ME play. ( laughs)

Me: Is this Kevin Glenn’s team to lose then?

KG: I wouldn’t say that. What I would say is that I’m confident enough to know that I can go out and be a starter in this league if I do what I need to do. After that it’s up to Chris Jones and his coaching staff. If it’s not Kevin Glenn then I have to support whoever they put on the field just like I’ve done all my career. But I’m really excited and may the best man get the job. Now get out of my way because I going across the parking lot to look at the new stadium!

 

It’s An Opportunity Not A Comeback!

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That’s how the newest Rider described his latest chapter in football.

The Vince Young era in Rider Nation has officially begun. The Riders announced the signing of the former Texas Longhorns star today. Young, 33, is returning to professional football after having last played in a regular-season game in 2011 with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

“He certainly can make all the throws, he’s got a tremendous arm,” said Chris Jones, the Riders’ coach/GM. “But I think it’s much more than just his physical tools.

“He brings a lot of intangibles that winners bring. And his record in the NFL speaks for itself as he was 31-17 as a starter. And I don’t care what league you are playing in that’s pretty good!”

For his part, Young had a gracious and humble tone at the press conference.

“I know we’ve got a lot of good quarterbacks on the roster so I’m here to compete,” Young said. “The main thing is I want to tell my teammates that it’s not all about Vince.

“I don’t want them to think I’m coming here big-headed . . . it’s all about the team, it’s all about the city and whatever we can do to win.”

Young  will come to camp and compete with 37 year old veteran Kevin Glenn,  Canadian Brandon Bridge and Americans G.J. Kinne, Jake Waters and Bryan Bennett.

I had a chance to chat with veteran CFL coach Gary Etcheverry about this signing. Etch has an interesting perspective since he spent half of last season as a consultant with the team. ” If Young is going to be successful it will be with this coaching staff,” said Etcheverry. ” I think if they allow him to be the Vince Young we remember from his Texas and Tennessee Titan days then he has a chance to be successful. There are lots of moving parts here. It appears he’s motivated so that’s a great sign. Can he get back into game shape and how quickly? And how fast does he pick up the 3 down game? A lot of it is going to come down to coaching.  I would like to add to have a winning record in the NFL isn’t easy so he brings a great winning background to the table. And if he gets going look out because over half of the linebackers in this league won’t be able to tackle him!”

Some Rider fans wanted the team go YOUNG at quarterback. It looks like they are getting their wish.

 

 

What’s On Your Bucket List?

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What do you want to do before you die? I want to retire somewhere warm like Hawaii.  Some think tank looked a Facebook profiles to determine the most common bucket list items.
1.Learn an instrument ( I’d like to be able to play the drums)
2.Run a Marathon ( No thanks)
3.Go streaking ( nobody wants to see that)
4.Defy Gravity.  Doesn’t matter what you do, skydive, parasail or fly across a canyon.  ( Even though I’m afraid of heights I’d like to do this)

5.Visit every continent – All of them even Antartica.
6.Climb a Mountain
7.Visit the Amazon Rainforest: Since it’s slowly disappearing before our eyes, see if before it’s gone.
8.Take a Road Trip across Canada
9.Make Love Somewhere You’re Not Supposed to
10.Seeing the 7 wonders of the world.