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2012 Canadian Football League (CFL) Training Camp has Louisiana Ties

by Lee Brecheen

Kerry Joseph

QB Kerry Joseph – Edmonton Eskimos

Photo Credit: Edmonton Eskimos

June 6, 2012 – The Canadian Football League started training camp Monday for their upcoming season and there are a ton of Louisiana players on its rosters.

Most notable players are guys like former LSU and Bastrop High School star DT Claude Wroten with the Toronto Argonauts.  Claude finished the 2011 season with Toronto with 35 tackles and 4 sacks.  I think with another big year in 2012, he might get another shot with the NFL really soon.

Safety Kyries Hebert former USL (now Louisiana of Lafayette) and Eunice star is in camp with the Montreal Alouettes.  Kyries spent many years with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.

Former LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton will lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2012 as its Offensive Coordinator.

There are 13 former Louisiana College and/or Louisiana natives between the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos.  That will be a great game to check out for Louisiana players when it’s on the tube.

Former LSU Linebacker E.J. Kuale, who now goes by his full first name Ejiro, is with Toronto.  Kuale also played with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.

One of the most famous Louisiana Natives to play in the CFL is current Edmonton Eskimos QB Kerry Joseph, who will be going into his 15th year as a pro football player.  In 2007, Kerry Joseph led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the 95th Grey Cup Title, which is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for the Canadian Football League.  On the season he passed for 4,002 yards with 24 touchdowns.

Below is a list of former Louisiana natives or players that played college football in Louisiana by team.


B.C. Lions

DB Byron Parker (6-0, 220) – Tulane

OL Jesse Newman – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Winnipeg Blue Bombers

DB Jeremy McGee (5-10, 176) – Ole Miss, Edna Karr High School


Hamilton Tiger-Cats

LB Jamall Johnson (6-1, 222) – Northwestern State College

OT Peter Dyakowski (6-5, 325) – LSU

WR Michael Galatas (5-8, 175) – Milsaps, Fontainbleau high school


Calgary Stampeders

LB Marvin White (6-1, 199) – Texas Christian University, Port Barre High School


Saskatchewan Roughriders

WR Jason Cherry (5-11, 188) – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Claude Wroten

DT Claude Wroten – Toronto Argonauts

Photo Credit: Toronto Argonauts

Toronto Argonauts

DE Bernard Smith (6-2, 247) – University of Louisiana at Lafayette

DT Claude Wroten (6-3, 293) – LSU, Bastrop High School

LB Anthony Cannon (5-11, 235) –  Tulane

LB Ejiro Kuale (6-2, 229) – LSU

WR Roydell Williams (6-0, 184) – Tulane, East St. John High School


Steve Jyles
Edmonton Eskimos QB Steven Jyles when he played for Edmonton in 2006-2007 season.
Photo Credit: Edmonton Eskimos





Edmonton Eskimos

DB Ronnie Prude (5-11, 180) – LSU, Fair Park High School

WR Fred Stamps (6-0, 188) – University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Carver High School

DB Chris Thompson (6-0, 189) – Nicholls State, Holy Cross High School

QB Steven Jyles (6-1, 218) – ULM, Glen Oaks High School

QB Kerry Joseph (6-0, 215) – McNeese State, New Iberia High School

WR Cary Koch (6-0, 198) – Virginia, Dunham High School

LB Harry Coleman (6-2, 210) – LSU, West St. Mary High School

DB Weldon Brown (5-10, 185) – Louisiana Tech, Bossier High School


Montreal Alouettes

DB Kyries Hebert (6-3, 222) – USL (now Louisiana of Lafayette), Eunice High School

WR Felton Huggins (6-2, 186) – Southeastern College, Northeast High School

About Lee Brecheen

Lee Brecheen, is the owner and publisher of La, Football Magazine and TV show. He is relentless in his pursuit for excellence. He initially broke into the business in 1992 as a football scout. It is his intent to be fair and honest to all high school players and coaches in Louisiana. Lee strives to be the most thorough and accurate researcher and analyst in order to give the best evaluation of all Louisiana high school football talent. He regularly consults with, and is sought by major college football programs throughout the country for information and advice regarding scholarship prospects from among Louisiana’s high school players at all levels of potential.