Plenty of Canadian content in U.S. college bowl games

There are an array of Canadians playing prominent roles at universities south of the border including a breakout quarterback, playmaking receivers, offensive and defensive linemen as well as some second-level defensive athletes.

With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the prominent home-grown players who will be suiting up in college bowl gamess over the next few weeks.

Julien Laurent, DL, Georgia State

Cure Bowl
Saturday, December 16
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
2:30 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Laurent, the redshirt senior, has started for two seasons on the interior of the Panthers defensive line. In 2016 he started nine games and made 28 tackles. The Toronto native saw action in every Georgia State game this year, Laurent made 22 tackles, 6.5 for loss and blocked a punt too. The six-foot-four-, 295-pounder has been compared to Georgia State alum Christo Bilukidi who was a sixth-round NFL selection in 2012 and spent parts of five seasons with the Raiders, Bengals, Ravens and Redskins making 16 tackles and one sack. Laurent is the fifth-rated prospect on the CFL’s scouting bureau.

Justin McInnis, REC, Arkansas State

Camelia Bowl
Saturday, December 16
Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee State
8 p.m. ET

Snapshot: McInnis has had a breakout season for the Red Wolves making 42 receptions for a team-leading 693 yards and three touchdowns. The junior Pierrefonds, Quebec native made 10 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in 2016. At six-foot-six, 210-pounds, McInnis provides a big target in the passing game.

Nathan Rourke, QB, Ohio University

Bahamas Bowl
Friday, December 22
UAB vs. Ohio
12:30 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Rourke, an Oakville native, seized control of the starting quarterback job in the second game, leading Ohio to an 8-4 record. The sophomore passed for 2,018 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 54.4 per cent and ran 134 times for 882 yards (most among all NCAA Division I pivots), averaging 6.6 yards per carry, hitting the end zone 21 times, a new Bobcats program record. He even added a receiving score, which means he played a role in 37 touchdowns this season.

Mark Chapman, REC, Central Michigan University

Idaho Potato Bowl
Friday, December 22
CMU vs. Wyoming
4 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Chapman leads the team with 54 receptions and 805 yards while reaching the end zone five times in 12 games during his senior season. The six-foot, 180-pound pass catcher caught eight balls for 168 yards and three touchdowns against Kansas in the best game of his collegiate career to date which was a 45-27 victory.

J.J Molson, K, UCLA

Cactus Bowl
Tuesday, December 26
Kansas State vs. UCLA
10 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Molson has handled field goal and kick-off duties for the Bruins in 2017. The sophomore made 16-of-20 three-point attempts with a long of 45, 47-of-48 point-after tries and recorded 34 touchbacks. His field goal conversion rate is up from his freshman season when he made 12-of-20. The Montreal native was just the second Canadian to be chosen for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game.

Terrell Jana, REC, University of Virgina

Military Bowl
Thursday, December 28
Navy vs. Virginia
1:30 p.m. ET

Snapshot: As a true freshman Jana has earned playing time and started one game for the Cavaliers. The Van City native has played in all 12 of Virginia’s games and made two catches for 21 yards while contributing on special teams. Jana is quickly rising within the program.

Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, Oklahoma State University

Camping World Bowl
Thursday, December 28
No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
5:15 p.m. ET

Snapshot: The Calgary native played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman making 16 tackles, two for loss and one quarterback hurry. His brother Alex played at the University of Houston, University of Calgary and the Calgary Colts. He was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the third round of the 2016 CFL draft and played for the Riders, Eskimos and Lions.

Sage Doxtater, OL, New Mexico State

Arizona Bowl
Friday, December 29
New Mexico State vs. Utah State
5:30 p.m. ET

Snapshot: After starting nine games at left tackle as a freshman, Doxtater has continued to hold that role in 2017. The Welland, Ontario native checks in at six-foot-seven, 343 pounds. Lots of size to protect the passer.

Daniel Joseph, DL, Penn State University

Fiesta Bowl
Saturday, December 30
No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington
4 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Joseph made his NCAA debut in 2017 after redshirting a year ago, playing in six games making 10 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Joseph is the brother of Faith Ekakitie who played defensive line at the University Iowa and was the No. 1 pick of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2017 CFL Draft while cousin Ese Mrabure was drafted by the B.C. Lions fifth overall in 2015 and starts for the Riders defensive front.

Brayden Lenius, REC, Washington

Fiesta Bowl
Saturday, December 30
No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington
4 p.m. ET

Snapshot: A team suspension led to Lenius missing the 2016 season, but he utilized his redshirt year in the process. The North Vancouver native had nine catches for 89 yards in 2017 playing in 12 games. The six-foot-five, 230-pound pass catcher has intriguing ability that could turn into production.

Benjamin St-Juste, DB, University of Michigan

Outback Bowl
Monday, January 1
Michigan vs. South Carolina
12 p.m. ET

Snapshot: St-Juste has earned playing time as a true freshman with the Wolverines. The Rosemere, Quebec native played mostly on special teams but he saw action at corner against Maryland. Coming out of CEGEP Vieux Montréal in Quebec, the six-foot-three, 193-pounder was the No. 2 rated player in that Canadian class.

Chase Claypool, REC, University of Notre Dame

Citrus Bowl
Monday, January 1
No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU
1 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Claypool improved on his freshman campaign by leaps and bounds. The Abbotsford, B.C. native made 29 grabs for 402 yards and tw0 touchdowns in 2017. At six-foot-four, 228 pounds, Claypool has a unique blend of size and athleticism.

Neville Gallimore, DL, University of Oklahoma

Rose Bowl
Monday, January 1
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
5 p.m. ET

Snapshot: Gallimore played in 11 games and started five making 28 tackles, one for loss and half a sack. The six-foot-two, 310-pounder St. Catherine’s native continues to be a force on the inside for the Sooners. He became the first Canadian player selected to compete in U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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5 Comments on Plenty of Canadian content in U.S. college bowl games

  1. A lot of great talent listed. Hope most of them end up north or the border after they finish playing in the NCAA.

  2. Good for these guys, they are the cream of the crop.
    Most were scouted in high school and then given NCAA scholarships. It’s not easy at a NCAA school, it’s a full time thing, not only attending classes but then they are practicing/training every day and on weekends.
    They are also back early summer to train full time.
    Compare that to the part time CIS guys – no comparison.
    It’s no wonder the Canadians that come out of the NCAA are head and shoulders ahead of any CIS player

    • solara2000 // December 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm //

      Not sure your conclusion about NCAA Canucks are ‘heads and shoulders’ above their CIS counterparts is valid. Perhaps it is because the NCAA Canadian recruits’ are in fact, as you put it, ‘the cream of the crop’ to start with.

  3. Canada is in NAFTA. American Football has no anti Canadian rules but welcomes Canadians as you can see. They can compete head to head with no help or hindrance. Why is Canada not returning the favor? Canadians still dominate the NHL at 50% of jobs. Americans receive no favors yet get 25% of jobs while competing against top Canadians and Europeans. Lets drop the ratio as antiquated and anti NAFTA. Canada does not want Trump to kill NAFTA. Lets walk the walk and kill the ratio. Canadians will do just fine on skill and effort only. The result will be higher interest and attendance because young Canadians will know each player earned their slot. Millennial s and below prefer MLS because the players are the best available in the world. CFL smell the 2018 and scrap the ratio. Unnecessary and hurtful to attendance.

  4. J.J Molson, K, UCLA is a Rich boy trust fund baby from the Molson Beer family. He is the well behaved Canadian version of Johnny rich boy Manziel.

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