Abra­hams-web­ster ex­cited about jump from Di­nos to CFL

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - WES GIL­BERT­SON wgilbert­son@postmedia.com Twit­ter.com/wes­gilbert­son

Tre­shaun Abra­hams-web­ster proved ’em right.

Af­ter po­litely field­ing com­pli­ments about his grid­iron fu­ture, af­ter a stand­out stint and a Vanier Cup cel­e­bra­tion with the Univer­sity of Cal­gary Di­nos, the 23-yearold de­fen­sive back is now pinch­ing him­self af­ter hear­ing his name called in the 2020 CFL Draft.

“Foot­ball, for me, came a lit­tle bit late — I didn’t re­ally start fall­ing in love with the sport un­til I was in about Grade 11,” Abra­hams-web­ster ad­mit­ted. “What’s funny is a lot of other peo­ple told me that they thought I could do things in foot­ball, and I didn’t re­ally fore­see it for my­self. I just tried to stay as hum­ble as I can and just work as hard as I can.

“When I found out I was in­vited to the na­tional com­bine, that was when ev­ery­thing started to feel real, like ‘Wow, I can ac­tu­ally go to the CFL.’”

That scout­ing com­bine was even­tu­ally scrapped due to COVID-19, but the Ot­tawa Red­blacks were ob­vi­ously im­pressed by Abra­hams-web­ster’s game tape.

The 2020 CFL Draft was con­ducted on­line Thurs­day and they se­lected the ver­sa­tile de­fender — orig­i­nally from Pick­er­ing, Ont. — with the open­ing pick of the fifth round.

“I guess maybe the hard­est part of it was just be­ing pa­tient and just un­der­stand­ing that ev­ery­thing that I did up to this point was good enough to get me into the CFL, and it was just about keep­ing that pos­i­tiv­ity through ev­ery round,” Abra­hams-web­ster said. “And for me, the best feel­ing was get­ting that call ... Just get­ting that phone call, it was life-chang­ing.”

The Di­nos are usu­ally pop­u­lar on draft day, but even af­ter win­ning a na­tional ti­tle in 2019, Abra­hams-web­ster was U of C’s only se­lec­tion Thurs­day.

Oth­ers, like re­ceiver Nathanael Durkan and record-set­ting quar­ter­back Adam Si­na­gra, were passed over. It’s the first time since 2010 that there haven’t been mul­ti­ple Di­nos picked.

Abra­hams-web­ster recorded 25 tack­les, two forced fum­bles and one blocked kick this past sea­son, his fourth at the U Sports level.

He’ll try to earn a full-time job with the Red­blacks at train­ing camp … when­ever that is.

“I think I’m ready,” said Abra­hams-web­ster. “Com­ing from a pow­er­house school like Cal­gary that has pro­duced the most CFL ath­letes in prob­a­bly the past 20 years, I think they’ve done a job of pre­par­ing me and re­ally shap­ing my men­tal­ity and what to ex­pect, so I think I’m go­ing to do fine.”

Tre­shaun Abra­hams-web­ster

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