Saturday, March 24, 2018 — (WINNIPEG) – UBC Thunderbird Dakoda Shepley logged 27 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press to wrap up the first day of testing at the CFL Combine presented by adidas, where top prospects from across the country showed scouts what they’re made of. The results from the Bench Press can be found on CFL.ca along with the full results from today’s combine events, and photos of the event are available for download and media use below.
Offensive lineman Shepley represented the West in the 2017 U SPORTS East-West Bowl before starting all eight regular season games at left tackle for the Thunderbirds. The Windsor, ON native was named a Canada West All-Star.
McMaster’s Daniel Petermann had the fastest time of this morning’s 40-Yard Dash event, finishing in 4.54 seconds. uOttawa Gee-Gee Jackson Bennett placed first overall in the shuttle with a time of 4.09 seconds, and Mark Chapman came out on top in the three-cone drill with his 7.00-second time.
52 of the best prospects from across the country are performing for scouts, general managers, coaches and football operations personnel from all nine CFL teams this weekend. The CFL Combine presented by adidas includes players who were invited from a series of regional combines in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg to join top players from U SPORTS, NCAA and CJFL teams. The National Combine is the biggest stage for these players to showcase their abilities and improve their stock in the 2018 CFL Draft, to be held in Toronto on May 3rd, 2018.
The 40-Yard Dash and Bench Press were attended by hundreds of fans at Mark’s CFL Week Fan Fest, held in the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. The #MarksCFLWeek #TweetUp is still underway in the Twisted Tea Fan Cave at the RBC Convention Centre, where fans spent the day meeting their heroes and enjoying the full Mark’s CFL Week Fan Fest.
The events were broadcast live on CFL.ca as part of the CFL’s new extensive coverage of the entire combine for fans across Canada. Host Brodie Lawson and former all-star defensive back Davis Sanchez are providing sideline access while CFL.ca’s Combine guru Marshall Ferguson will give play-by-play alongside Gemini-nominated sportscaster James Cybulski.
Players were made available to the media after the completion of morning and evening testing. Fans can watch the 40-Yard Dash and Bench Press events on-demand at CFL.ca. Media can contact CFL Communications with requests to access a clean feed of a highlight pack of the CFL’s Combine broadcast (which will include top performers of the 40-Yard Dash, Bench Press and B-roll of player individuals drills and one-on-ones). Usage, for editorial purposes only, will be limited to 30 seconds (cumulative total) at no cost. Footage cannot be sold.
A media schedule for Mark's CFL Week and the media guide for the CFL Combine presented by adidas are attached. More information can be found at MarksCFLWeek.ca.
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