Turner and Ex­umé se­lected in CFL Draft

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville Sher­brooke

Ju­niorTurner and Kyle Ex­umé have been cho­sen in the 2011 Cana­dian Foot­ball League Cana­dian Draft. Turner was cho­sen in the sec­ond round, ninth over­all by the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers, be­com­ing the first player from a Que­bec school to be se­lected. Ex­umé was cho­sen 40th over­all (sixth round) by the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers. This is the third con­sec­u­tive year, and the 22nd time over­all, that the Gaiters have had mul­ti­ple play­ers cho­sen at the CFL’s an­nual se­lec­tion meet­ing.

Turner, a six-foot-three, 265-pound de­fen­sive line­man, made 27.5 tack­les in 2010, in­clud­ing five tack­les for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also had three passes knocked down (sec­ond on the Gaiters) and forced a fum­ble. In four-year CIS ca­reer, he has made 71 tack­les, in­clud­ing 15 tack­les for loss. The Bramp­ton, Ont., na­tive posted a strong per­for­mance at the CFL Eval­u­a­tion camp last March in Toronto, lead­ing all de­fen­sive line­men in three cat­e­gories, with a 37-inch ver­ti­cal jump, a 10-foot-1 long jump, and a time of 4.28 sec­onds in the shut­tle drill.

Turner be­comes the first Gaiter to be se­lected by the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers since of­fen­sive line­man Andrew Carter was picked in the fourth round (30th over­all) in 2001. All-time, Cal­gary has se­lected eight Gaiters in the CFL Draft, most no­tably Wally Zatylny (4th round, 28th over­all) in 1988.

Turner is the cousin of for- mer Gaiter Steven Turner, who went 30th over­all to Toronto in the 2010 draft.

Ex­umé, who was born in Mon­treal but grew up in Brook­lin, Ont., has been an out­stand­ing spe­cial teams per­former through­out his four years at Bishop’s. The five­foot-ten, 198-pound run­ning back blocked two kicks and made 5.5 spe­cial teams tack­les in 2010, de­spite be­ing lim­ited to five games. For his ca­reer, he has 29.5 spe­cial teams tack­les (26 solo, 7 as­sisted) and three ca­reer blocked kicks. He was co-win­ner (with Steven Turner) of the team’s Spe­cial Teams Player of the Year award in 2009.

Ex­umé be­comes the fourth Gaiter all-time to be se­lected by the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers, fol­low­ing Ray Bernard (1988), Chris­tian Daigle (1993) and Kent Rowe (1993).

Turner and Ex­umé will look to join the eight Gaiters cur­rently ac­tive in the CFL. With their se­lec­tions, 62 Gaiters have been cho­sen in the CFL draft - in­clud­ing ter­ri­to­rial ex­emp­tions – since 1971, in­clud­ing Larry Smith (first over­all in 1972) and Gaiters’ Head Coach Leroy Blugh (sev­enth over­all in 1988). The Gaiters have had seven play­ers drafted in the past three sea­sons, be­hind only the Cal­gary Di­nos (ten) and Mon­treal Cara­bins (eight).

The Gaiters open their 2011 sea­son on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2 as they visit the Sher­brooke Vert et Or.

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