by Lee Brecheen
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.
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
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
LB Marvin White (6-1, 199) – Texas Christian University, Port Barre High School
WR Jason Cherry (5-11, 188) – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
DT Claude Wroten – Toronto Argonauts
Photo Credit: 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
Edmonton Eskimos QB Steven Jyles when he played for Edmonton in 2006-2007 season.
Photo Credit: 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
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