Saskatchewan's Riley stays home with Riders in CFL Draft

Saskatchewan's Riley stays home with Riders in CFL Draft

Huskie lineman one of 14 Canada West players selected

EDMONTON – Thursday night was one to celebrate for the 14 Canada West football players taken in the 2020 CFL Draft, as for one night fans shifted their focus to a future with football.

Mattland Riley of the Saskatchewan Huskies was the first CW player taken in the draft, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders took the offensive linemen seventh overall.

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The Melfort, Sask. product was the second-ranked player in the CW CFL Prospect Rankings released earlier this week, as the conference's coaches anticipated the six-foot-three engineering student would be a high pick after being a unanimous conference all-star in 2019.

Riley was one of five Huskies taken on the night, as Saskatchewan led the Canada West charge in terms of draftees.

Along with Riley, Regina Ram Theren Churchill was the other CW product selected in the first round. The offensive lineman was the fourth Ram all-time taken in the first round and first since 2008.

Overall, all six CW teams had at least one player selected, with eight of the CFL's nine teams taking at least one CW player.

CW PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE 2020 CFL DRAFT

Position /Name (overall draft position) / University / CFL team

ROUND 1 (2)

  • OL / Mattland Riley (7th) / Saskatchewan Huskies / Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • OL / Theren Churchill (9th) / Regina Rams / Toronto Argonauts

ROUND 2 (1)

  • REC / Trivel Pinto (12th) / UBC Thunderbirds / Calgary Stampeders

ROUND 3 (1)

  • OL / Carter O'Donnell (22nd) / Alberta Golden Bears / Montreal Alouettes

ROUND 4 (1)

  • DB / Stavros Katsantonis (36th) / UBC Thunderbirds / Hamilton Tiger-Cats

ROUND 5 (2)

  • DB / Treshaun Abrahams-Webster (38th) / Calgary Dinos / Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • DL / Nicholas Dheilly (46th) / Saskatchewan Huskies / Winnipeg Blue Bombers

ROUND 6 (3)

  • REC / Sam Baker (48th) / Saskatchewan Huskies / Toronto Argonauts
  • OL / Andrew Becker (49th) / Regina Rams / Montreal Alouettes
  • DB / Jean Ventose (54th) / UBC Thunderbirds / Hamilton Tiger-Cats

ROUND 7 (1)

  • OL / Nicholas Summach (57th) / Saskatchewan Huskies / Edmonton Eskimos

ROUND 8 (3)

  • DL / Brock Gowanlock (66th) / Manitoba Bisons / Montreal Alouettes
  • REC / Colton Klassen (69th) / Saskatchewan Huskies / Montreal Alouettes
  • DL / Tom Schnitzler (72nd) / UBC Thunderbirds / Hamilton Tiger-Cats
About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

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