Western Mustang Daryl Waud selected to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game

Western Mustang Daryl Waud selected to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game

OTTAWA (CIS) – Daryl Waud, a defensive tackle from Western University, and Addison Richards, a wide receiver from the University of Regina, have been selected to represent CIS football in the 90th edition of the prestigious East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, live on NFL Network. The game will also be live online as a streaming radio broadcast produced by the EWSG Radio Network, which can be accessed on game day at www.shrinegame.com/en/GameWeek.

The longest running university all-star game in the United States, the Shrine Game has been played annually since 1925 to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, as well as cleft lip and palate care, available to patients and families through the 23 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Since 1985, CIS has been represented annually at the event which features over 100 all-stars, primarily from NCAA institutions. Two CIS players have made the trip every year, with the exception of 1985 (1), 2008 (4) and 2012 (3).

The impressive list of past CIS standouts invited to the Shrine Game includes current NFL linemen Akiem Hicks of the New Orleans Saints and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs, who starred for the Regina Rams and McGill Redmen, respectively; former NFLers Mike Schad (Queen's), Randy Chevrier (McGill), Dan Federkeil (Calgary), Samuel Giguère (Sherbrooke) and Israel Idonije (Manitoba); as well as Hec Crighton Trophy winners Don Blair (Calgary), Kojo Aidoo (McMaster), Jesse Lumsden (McMaster) and Andy Fantuz (Western).

Highlighting the list of NFL greats who have participated in the event are Tom Brady, Dick Butkus, Larry Csonka, John Elway, Brett Favre, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Roger Staubach and Kellen Winslow. Coaches include Paul "Bear" Bryant, Jerry Glanville, June Jones, Don Shula, Steve Spurrier and Dick Vermeil.

More than 70 Shrine Game alumni have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Waud, a Hamilton native, will be the third Western player to suit up in the Shrine Game, joining Fantuz (2006), a current CFL all-star receiver with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and former offensive lineman Pierre Vercheval (1988), who was voted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007 following an exceptional 14-year career in the CFL.

In his fourth university campaign, Waud was named a first-team OUA conference all-star for the third straight year and a CIS all-Canadian for the third consecutive season, including his second first-team nod. In eight league games this fall, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound social sciences student racked up 14.5 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for a loss and two pass breakups as the Mustangs finished first in the OUA and second in the country allowing only 83 rushing yards per contest.

After playing in the CIS East West Bowl last May, Waud was ranked fifth by the CFL Scouting Bureau in September on its initial prospect list for the league's 2015 Canadian draft. He moved up to No. 3 and was the top-ranked CIS player on the second list of the season, released on Dec. 10.

"It's an unbelievable honour to have the opportunity to participate in the 90th East-West Shrine Game," Waud said. "Few Canadian players get this opportunity and I am looking forward to the week. I want to make a good impression and represent Canadian football well down south."

"The East-West shrine Game is an excellent opportunity for Daryl to showcase his considerable talents," said Western head coach Greg Marshall. "Daryl has had an outstanding career here at Western. He is most deserving of this invitation and will be an outstanding ambassador for CIS football."

Richards, a local product from Regina, joins an elite group of Rams standouts to be selected for the Shrine Game, including former CFL great Jason Clermont (2002), multiple CFL all-star Brendon LaBatte (2008), CFLer Jordan Cisco (2010), as well as Hicks (2012), who current starts at defensive end for New Orleans.

Following a modest start to his university career that saw him catch seven passes in 10 league matches over his first two campaigns, Richards had a breakthrough season in 2013 meriting second-team all-Canadian status after he hauled in 46 balls for 614 yards in only seven games. This fall, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound science major improved to the first all-Canadian team after he set a school record with 55 receptions in eight contests, led the nation with 916 yard and scored six touchdowns as part of the top-rated passing offence in CIS (394.5 yards per game).

Also an East West Bowl participant last spring, Richards was listed at No. 11 by the CFL Scouting Bureau in September and moved up to No. 9 in the December ranking.

"Addison is a very deserving nominee for the Shrine Game," said Rams head coach Frank McCrystal. "He has the size, strength and speed to compete with the top US college players."

In St. Petersburg, Waud and Richards will suit up for the East and West, respectively, and will get a chance to play for a pair of high-profile coaches.

The East team will be led by Mike Singletary, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 following a remarkable playing career with the Chicago Bears. A two-time All-American at Baylor University, the linebacker was named to 10 Pro Bowls in 12 seasons with Chicago and helped the Bears capture Super Bowl XX in 1986. Singletary's coaching career got underway in 2003 as a linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens. He then joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach and was handed the reins midway through the 2008 season, holding the post until the end of the 2010 campaign. From 2011 to 2013, he was an assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Another former NFL bench boss, Jim Zorn, will be in charge of the West troops. A gifted quarterback, Zorn enjoyed a 12-year playing career in the NFL (Seattle, Green Bay, Tampa Bay) and the CFL (Winnipeg), earning a second-team All-Pro selection in 1978 and being named to the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor. He started his coaching career at the college level with Boise State (1988-1991), Utah State (1992-1994) and Minnesota (1995-1996) before making the jump to the pro ranks in 1997 as an assistant with the Seahawks. Following a three-year stint with the Detroit Lions (1998-2000) and a return to Seattle (2001-2007), he became head coach of the Washington Redskins for two seasons in 2008 and 2009. He has since been quarterbacks coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2010) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-2012).

NOTE: The East won the 2014 East-West Shrine Game 23-13 but the West leads the all-time series 47-37-5.

For all the information on the 2015 East-West Shrine Game: www.shrinegame.com

Western CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game

Year     Player                                          Pos.     Ht.       Wt.      University           Head Coach

2015     Addison Richards                         WR      6-5       205      Regina                  Frank McCrystal

2014     Evan Gill                                      DL       6-3       280      Manitoba              Brian Dobie

2013     Kirby Fabien                                OL       6-6       295      Calgary                Blake Nill

2012     Ben Heenan                                  OL       6-4       310      Saskatchewan      Brian Towriss

2012     Akiem Hicks                                DL       6-5       300      Regina                  Frank McCrystal

2011     Anthony Parker                            SB        6-2       215      Calgary                Blake Nill

2010     Jordan Sisco                                 SB        6-1       212      Regina                  Frank McCrystal

2009     Simeon Rottier                              OL       6-6       286      Alberta                 Jerry Friesen

2008     Dylan Barker                                S          6-4       200      Saskatchewan      Brian Towriss

2008     Brendon LaBatte                          OL       6-4       320      Regina                  Frank McCrystal

2007     Jordan Rempel                             OL       6-6       310      Saskatchewan      Brian Towriss   

2006     Daniel Federkeil                           DL       6-7       285      Calgary                Tony Fasano

2005     Nick Johansson                            DL       6-2       275      UBC                     Lou DesLauriers

2004     Ibrahim Khan                               OL       6-4       305      Simon Fraser        Chris Beaton

2003     Israel Idonije                                DL       6-7       285      Manitoba              Brian Dobie

2002     Jason Clermont                             IR        6-1       236      Regina                  Frank McCrystal

2001     Carlo Panaro                                 OL       6-2       281      Alberta                 Tom Wilkinson

2000     Kevin Lefsrud                              OL       6-4       285      Saskatchewan      Brian Towriss

1999     Scott Flory                                    OL       6-4       290      Saskatchewan      Brian Towriss

1998     Bob Beveridge                              OL       6-6       308      UBC                     Casey Smith

1997     Ben Fairbrother                            OL       6-4       305      Calgary                Tony Fasano

1996     Don Blair                                      WR      6-4       280      Calgary                Peter Connellan

1995     Rohn Meyer                                 OL       6-4       280      Calgary                Peter Connellan

1994     Travis Serke                                 OL       6-3       290      Saskatchewan      Brian Towriss

1993     Chris Konrad                                DL       6-3       235      Calgary                Peter Connellan

1992     Jason Rauhaus                              DL       6-1       240      Manitoba              Scott Spurgeon

1991     Mike Pavelec                                OL       6-6       280      Calgary                Peter Connellan

1990     Mark Singer                                  LB       6-0       221      Alberta                 Jim Donlevy

1989     Brent Korte                                   DL       6-1       225      Alberta                 Jim Donlevy

1988     Craig Watson                                OL       6-2       250      Calgary                Peter Connellan

1987     Leo Groenewegen                        OL       6-4       260      UBC                     Frank Smith

1986     Kent Warnock                              DL       6-7       265      Calgary                Peter Connellan

1985     Tom Spoletini                               OL       6-2       270      Calgary               Peter Connellan


Eastern CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game

Year     Player                                          Pos.     Ht.       Wt.      University           Head Coach

2015     Daryl Waud                                  DL       6-5       270      Western                Greg Marshall

2014     Laurent Duvernay-Tardif             OL       6-5       315      McGill                  Clint Uttley

2013     Matt Sewell                                   OL       6-8       335      McMaster             Stefan Ptaszek

2012     Arnaud Gascon-Nadon                 DL       6-3       250      Laval                    Glen Constantin

2011     Matthew O'Donnell                      OL       6-10     340      Queen's               Pat Sheahan

2010     Matt Morencie                              OL       6-3       290      Windsor               Mike Morencie

2009     Étienne Légaré                              DL       6-4       265      Laval                    Glen Constantin

2008     Éric Maranda                                LB       6-2       228      Laval                    Glen Constantin

2008     Samuel Giguère                            WR      6-0       215      Sherbrooke          André Bolduc

2007     Chris Best                                     OL       6-4       320      Waterloo              Marshall Bingeman       

2006     Andy Fantuz                                 WR      6-4       220      Western                Larry Haylor

2005     Jesse Lumsden                             RB       6-2       226      McMaster             Marcello Campanaro

2004     Carl Gourgues                              OL       6-1       290      Laval                    Glen Constantin

2003     Adam MacDonald                        LB       5-11     215      StFX                     Dennis McPhee

2002     Kojo Aidoo                                  RB       5-11     235      McMaster             Greg Marshall

2001     Randy Chevrier                            DL       6-4       295      McGill                  Charlie Baillie

2000     Kojo Millington                            DL       6-3       245      Wilfrid Laurier     Rick Zmich

1999     Cameron Legault                          DL       6-3       245      Carleton               Donn Smith

1998     Dave Miller-Johnston                   P/K      6-1       180      Concordia            Pat Sheahan

1997     Mark Farraway                             DL       6-5       260      StFX                     John Stevens

1996     Harry Van Hofwegen                   DL       6-4       252      Carleton               Donn Smith

1995     Matthieu Quiviger                         OL       6-5       282      McGill                  Charlie Baillie

1994     Val St. Germain                            OL       6-4       290      McGill                  Charlie Baillie

1993     Mike O'Shea                                LB       6-3       225      Guelph                 Dan McNally

1992     Chris Morris                                 OL       6-6       285      Toronto                Bob Laycoe

1991     Paul Vajda                                    OL       6-2       265      Concordia            Pat Sheahan

1990     Chris Gioskos                               OL       6-3       275      Ottawa                 Jim Daley

1989     Leroy Blugh                                 LB       6-2       230      Bishop's               Ian Breck

1988     Pierre Vercheval                           OL       6-2       272      Western                Larry Haylor

1987     Louie Godry                                 OL       6-1       240      Guelph                 Dan McNally

1986     Mike Schad                                   OL       6-5       294      Queen's               Doug Hargreaves


Breakdown of CIS players in the East-West Shrine Game (including 2015)

By position              

Offensive line       31

Defensive line      17

Receivers                7

Linebackers            5

Running backs        2

Safeties                   1

Kickers                   1

TOTAL:               64

By university          

Calgary                 11

Saskatchewan         6

Regina                    5

Alberta                    4

Laval                      4

McGill                    4

UBC                       3

Manitoba                3

McMaster                3

Western                  3

Carleton                  2

Concordia               2

Guelph                    2

Queen's                  2

StFX                       2

Bishop's                 1

Ottawa                    1

Sherbrooke             1

Simon Fraser           1

Toronto                   1

Waterloo                 1

Wilfrid Laurier        1

Windsor                  1

TOTAL:               64

Source: CIS

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