Sunday, March 8, 2009

Record Setting Weekend at CFL Evaluation Camp

Record Setting Weekend at CFL Evaluation Camp

Toronto, ON - (March 8, 2009) - The 2009 CFL Evaluation Camp in Toronto this weekend was highlighted with new records set by Jamall Lee in the vertical jump and 40-yard sprint and Jim Allin in the short shuttle.
Lee's first record came on Saturday when he leaped 44 inches, surpassing Samuel Giguere's mark of 42 inches from last year, giving him the highest jump on record.
The running back from Bishop's University continued his stellar performance today by running a 4.39 40-yard sprint. The previous fastest time on record was 4.41 seconds set in 2004 by Jean-Fredrick Tremblay, a wide receiver from Laval.
Lee entered the weekend as the second highest ranked prospect by the CFL's Scouting Bureau and was excited to hear that he set two new benchmarks.
"It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice and it just feels great to do well in front of such a big crowd at such an important time," said Lee.
While confident, the son of former CFL running back Orville Lee knows that he has to continue working hard towards the 2009 Canadian Draft and hopefully into a CFL training camp in June.
"This weekend definitely gives me a lot of confidence but it also makes me want to work harder to maintain that level, and even surpass it one day."
Allin, a defensive back from Queen's University, posted a top score of his own when he was clocked at 3.97 seconds in the short shuttle, surpassing the previous record set by Mathieu Proulx (4.07 seconds) in 2005.
In total, fifty top Canadian football prospects participated this weekend in a series of strength and agility tests in front of general managers, head coaches and scouts from all CFL teams.
In addition to the testing, players were also interviewed by teams, an exercise that provides clubs with valuable information as they prepare for the 2009 Canadian Draft on Saturday, May 2.
"Each team has the ability to select 20 of the 50 players here to interview them personally," said Bob O'Billovich, General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who currently hold the first and third draft selections overall. "This allows us to get a pretty good feel about the players who are here. It's important because it gives us a good heads up that helps get the process started for the Draft."
Also with two of the top four picks in this year's draft are the Toronto Argonauts. Click here for the full 2009 CFL Canadian Draft Order.
Complete results from the 2009 Evaluation Camp are available at

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