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April 28, 2005  PRINT THIS STORY

Bisons Mennie, Smith and Hewson selected in Draft

Three Manitoba Bison football players have been selected in the 2005 Canadian Football League (CFL) Canadian College Draft. Fourth year LB Scott Mennie (Gilbert), fourth year OL Tye Smith and fifth year DB David Hewson have all been chosen by CFL teams. Overall, 13 Manitoba Bisons have been chosen during the last four CFL drafts.

Manitoba have accounted for the most players drafted by a school over the last six years with 17. The Bisons have had players selected in five of the last six CFL Drafts: 2000 (2), 2001 (2), 2002 (7), 2003 (3) and 2005 (3).

Mennie was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 4th round (29th overall). He plays at the linebacker position and had an outstanding 2004 season. He was named as Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending September 12 (vs. Regina: seven tackles, one interception and one sack). The Victoria native led the team and finished tied for eighth in Canada West with 41 tackles and tied for fourth with four sacks. Prior to the Bisons, he was BCJFL All-Star in both 1998 and 1999 and CJFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999.

Smith was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the 4th round (35th overall). He has played on the offensive line at the tackle position throughout his four-year career with the Bisons. He played in all eight games last year and holds four OL team testing and lifting records (vertical jump, 225 bench, timed crunch, tied in squats).

Hewson was selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the 5th round (36th overall). He just completed his final year with the Bisons. At the corner position, the former Kelvin High School player had a fantastic five seasons with the Bisons. He played through injuries and was a spark plug on the defensive side. In 2004, he finished tied for first in Canada West and tied for second in CIS with four interceptions. He was third on the Bisons with 30 tackles during this season and his eight pass defended (4 INT, 4 break-ups) is tied for most in the Canada West. Hewson was named Canada West Defensive Player of the Week twice in the 2001 season and played in the 2003 CIS East-West game.

Heading into the 2005 season, the Bisons have the most alumni players playing in professional football of all of the CIS teams. They have 15 players listed on CFL rosters and one player listed on a NFL roster. As well, there are two coaches who were part of the Bison staff that are working for CFL clubs.

Former Bisons Currently Playing Professional Football (as of April 28/05)

Israel Idonije - Chicago Bears (NFL)
Travis Arnold - Calgary Stampeders
Scott Coe - Calgary Stampeders
Demitris Scouras - Calgary Stampeders (free-agent try-out)
Devin Rodger - Edmonton Eskimos
Jamie Boreham - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Frantz Clarkson - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Will Loftus - Montreal Alouettes
Dave Donaldson - Ottawa Renegades
Darnell Edwards - Saskatchewan Roughriders
Wayne Weathers - Saskatchewan Roughriders
Chris Hardy - Toronto Argonauts
Boyd Barrett - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Wade Miller - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Matt Sheridan - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Wes Lysack - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Ron Lancaster Jr. - Edmonton Eskimos (coach)
Bobby Dyce - Winnipeg Blue Bombers (coach)


Chris Zuk
Sports Information Officer
University of Manitoba


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