Tiger-Cats Ink Canadian Talent
With rookie camp set to begin at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium tomorrow, The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has signed six Canadian players, including 2012 draft pick and two-time Hec Crighton award nominee, receiver Simon Charbonneau-Campeau.
In addition to Charbonneau-Campeau, the Ticats have also signed receiver Jordan Brescacin, defensive back Matt Bucknor, defensive tackle Garlins Duclervil, and offensive linemen Jason Medeiros and Seamus Postuma.
Charbonneau-Campeau, a two-time RSEQ MVP, owns Sherbrooke records for career receptions (138) and career receiving yards (2,477). His 1,121 receiving yards in 2010 stand as the second-highest single-season total in CIS history, trailing only Andy Fantuz’s record of 1,300 in 2002. Charbonneau-Campeau was selected in the fourth round (25th overall).
Brescacin earned first-team All-Canadian and OUA All-Star status with Windsor in 2011 after making 50 receptions for 773 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bucknor, a Hamilton native, made 32 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Windsor in 2010.
Duclervil made 62.5 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 quarterback sacks in five seasons at Montreal.
Medeiros, also a Hamilton native, finished his fourth year at McMaster by earning first-team OUA All-Star and second-team All-Canadian recognition in 2011 while helping the Marauders capture their first Vanier Cup championship.
Postuma will move to the offensive line from the defensive line after four seasons at Windsor, where he was named the Lancers’ lineman of the year three times as well as a CIS All-Canadian and OUA All-Star in 2011.
JUNIORS INVITED TO CAMP
The team has also invited four local players to training camp. Joining the Ticats at McMaster will be receiver Beau Lumley and defensive lineman Derek Hurlock from the Windsor AKO Fratmen, receiver Jay Diston from the Burlington Braves and underclassman quarterback Will Finch, a Burlington native who will begin his CIS career at Western later this year.
MARIUZ RETIRES (AGAIN)
The Ticats also announced that veteran linebacker Ray Mariuz has retired. After retiring on May 26 of last year, Mariuz re-joined the Black and Gold in October. He suited up in six games, making 10 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, and scored the first touchdown of his career after returning an intercepted fake punt attempt against the BC Lions on October 29.
In 146 games over nine seasons, Mariuz made 167 defensive tackles and 162 special teams tackles.