World News – CA – Iowa offensive lineman, Oklahoma State linebacker topped CFL Draft Prospects list


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When Ogbongbemiga attended Notre Dame High School in Calgary, he said head coach Dale Diluzio regularly touted the virtues of playing in the NCAA That came to fruition on Thursday as the six-foot-one, 235-pound Ogbongbemiga, now a star linebacker at Oklahoma State University, was placed second on the CFL Scouting Bureau’s first top 20 list for the next year’s draft

« My high school coach always told me to play in the NCAA, that it propels you further than anyone, » Ogbongbemiga said in a recent video conference « I just brushed it off, I tried not to pay much attention to it because in the end I still have to play my whole year and do what I have to do

Ogbongbemiga has a total of 22 tackles (12 solo) and 15 sacks for the No 10 Cowboys (3-0) this season. Last year he made 100 tackles and was named the top defensive player of the Oklahoma State University

But Ogbongbemiga blames Diluzio and Notre Dame’s schedule for indicting its players with a strong work ethic

“He taught me to be humble,” said Ogbongbemiga “We were a humble team, we talked on the pitch and I kind of continued with myself throughout my career

Ogbongbemiga should get a lot of NFL attention this season And while he would be happy to have the chance to play professionally in Canada, Ogbongbemiga says his top priority is trying to break into the NFL

“Don’t hit the CFL or whatever, but if I can play at the top level why not aim for that,” he said “It’s always been a goal for me from day one I want to be at the highest level possible « 

Iowa offensive lineman Alaric Jackson took first place in the standings The six-foot-six, 315-pound native of Windsor, Ont., begins his senior season with the Hawkeyes, who are starting their season on October 24 at Purdue

Jackson started 10 of Iowa’s 13 games last season at left tackle He redshirted in 2016 but started for the Hawkeyes since 2017

Virginia wide receiver Terrell Jana (1-1) is No. 3 Six-foot-one, 200-pound Jana has nine catches for 84 yards and one touchdown this season after recording 74 receptions for 886 yards and three touchdowns in 2019

Tennessee wide receiver Josh Palmer of Brampton, Ont, maintains No 4 place The six-foot-two, 210-pound senior has 10 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the volunteers (2-0)

At No 5 is Liam Dobson of Ottawa, a six-foot-three, 340-pound senior offensive lineman in Maine The Bears will only start their season in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic

« If you are a competitor you still want the No. 1 place, » he said « That’s what I live for »

Dobson had a strong campaign in 2019, winning first-team conference honors and being voted Maine’s top offensive lineman He was the school’s highest-rated offensive lineman for every game and averaged 12 knockdowns per game

Dobson was an immediate contributor to his arrival in Maine in 2017, competing in six contests (one start) as a rookie He became a full time starter in 2018

The rest of the top 10 include, in order: New Mexico state offensive lineman Sage Doxtater (Welland, Ont); North Carolina State defensive lineman Daniel Joseph (Toronto); North Carolina defensive back Patrice Rene (Ottawa); Maine linebacker Deshawn Stevens (Toronto); and West Virginia defensive back Alonzo Addae (Pickering, Ont)

The top 10 prospects all come from NCAA programs, it’s no surprise given that U Sports canceled their 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus outbreak The top Canadian college student was the lineman Montreal offensive Pier-Olivier Lestage, from Saint-Eustache, Quebec, at No 11

Other U Sports picks included Calgary Dinos offensive lineman Logan Bandy of Calgary (No 12), Saskatchewan defensive back Nelson Lokombo of Abbotsford, BC (No 14), linebacker for British Columbia Ben Hladik of Vernon, BC, (No 16), Calgary linebacker Grant McDonald of Tsawwassen, BC (No 19) and UBC linebacker Nick Cross of Regina (No 20)

Defensive back Deane Leonard, who helped Calgary win the Vanier Cup last year before moving on to Ole Miss, has been ranked No 13

« It’s a great group, » said Montreal Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia « I think there is a (group) of important players playing along the scrum and I think they are the ones who will have a significant impact once they are called up.

« Many of them come from south of the border, but there are quality names playing in our respective institutions (in Canada) as well »

Maciocia was optimistic about Lestage – and with good reason Maciocia was head coach of the Montreal Carabins from 2011-19 – winning a Vanier Cup in 2014 – before joining the Alouettes, where he began his coaching career in the CFL in 1996

« He’s tough, he’s mean, he plays with an advantage and can probably play up and down on the line of scrimmage, » Maciocia said. « He’s a leader, he’s good physically and can really move in space « 

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