LAVAL’S PHILIPPE GAGNON LEADS ALL PROSPECTS WITH 40 BENCH REPS

LAVAL’S PHILIPPE GAGNON LEADS ALL PROSPECTS WITH 40 BENCH REPS

Llevi Noel tops verticals with 36” leap

Saturday, March 12, 2016 — TORONTO (March 12, 2016) – In the first day of testing at the 2016 National CFL Combine presented by adidas, Philippe Gagnon led all prospects by completing 40 reps of 225 pounds, which tied him for third all-time at the Combine.

Rounding out the top five in the bench press, four prospects finished with 27 reps: UBC’s Boyd Richardson, Laval’s Jason Lauzon-Seguin, Concordia’s Roman Grozman and McGill’s Devon Stewart.

In the vertical jump, Windsor (CJFL) receiver Llevi Noel topped the list with a 36” leap. Rounding out the top five from today’s vertical tests; Western’s Shaquille Johnson (34.5”), Laval’s Felix Faubert-Lussier (34.5”), Calgary’s Brett Blaszko (34”), Acadia’s Brian Jones (34”) and Kansas Joshua Stanford (34”).

For full results from Saturday’s testing, please click here.

On Sunday, the tests move on the field at the Varsity Centre located in downtown Toronto on University of Toronto Campus. Players will put their speed and agility to the test during 40-yard dash, three-cone drill, short shuttle and broad jump.

Following the testing portion, the players will suit up and participate in individual drills followed by one-on-ones against the other top prospects.

For the fourth-straight year, CFL.ca will provide exclusive live coverage of the #CFLCombine. CFL.ca analysts Justin Dunk and Don Landry bring you coverage of the 40-Yard Dash.  They will also be joined by a series of guests that include Toronto Argonauts GM Jim Barker, and TSN's Duane Forde to provide insight into the scouting process.

Here is the schedule of events for the Sunday:

Sunday, March 13
Varsity Centre Bubble

40-yard dash, short shuttle, 3-cone, broad jump, Individual drills and One-on-Ones

8:00 a.m.        Offensive and defensive linemen
9:45 a.m.        Long Snappers and kickers workout
10:00 a.m.     Running backs, linebackers and kickers
12:10 p.m.     Wide Receivers and defensive backs
2:30 p.m.        Combine Completed

Players will be made available to the media by request after the completion of all testing.

The CFL regular season kicks off Thursday, June 23rd when the Toronto Argonauts host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at their new home, BMO Field. Friday Night Football debuts June 24th when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Montreal Alouettes. And on June 25th, the Edmonton Eskimos host the Ottawa REDBLACKS, in a rematch of the 103rd Grey Cup, and the Calgary Stampeders visit the BC Lions.

Alex Ogbongbemiga during his vertical test at National CFL Combine presented by adidas. (CFL/Johany Jutras)
Philippe Gagnon led all prospects by completing 40 reps at the bench press. (CFL/Johany Jutras)

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