Turner and Exumé selected in CFL Draft
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.