Former Dinos ready for CFL season

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos have plenty of reasons to pay attention when the 2012 Canadian Football League season opens Friday night.

The four-time defending Canada West champs are represented by 11 former players on CFL rosters, a big part of the 145 total players who have graduated from Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Of those 145, 47 represent Canada West, and the Dinos’ 11 is second only to Saskatchewan (12) among all CIS schools.

The list includes four players from last season’s Canada West championship team, including two-time conference defensive MVP Sam Hurl who cracked the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ lineup. Running back Anthony Woodson is now a Winnipeg Blue Bomber, while the Dinos’ all-time leading rusher Matt Walter along with all-star linebacker Jordan Verdone landed on the practice rosters in Calgary and B.C., respectively.

The Calgary Stampeders have more Dinos than any other CFL team, with Walter joining receiver Anthony Parker and offensive lineman Mark Dewit at McMahon Stadium. Hurl joins former teammate Alex Krausnick-Groh, who suits up for a second season along the offensive line in Regina, while offensive lineman Dylan Steenbergen and wide receiver Nathan Coehoorn fly the Dinos flag in enemy territory with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Woodson is reunited with offensive lineman Paul Swiston in Winnipeg. Former Stampeder Tim O’Neill landed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the off-season, while Verdone is the lone Dinos representative with the B.C. Lions.

Two of the Dinos’ 2012 CFL draft picks, offensive linemen Kirby Fabien and Carson Rockhill, are expected to rejoin the Dinos in the fall.

The Dinos open the 2012 season and their drive for an unprecedented fifth straight conference title on Saturday, Nov. 1 as they host the Regina Rams at McMahon Stadium. The season culminates with the 48th Vanier Cup at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Season tickets are still available along with Calgary Stampeders season tickets by calling the Stamps’ ticket office at  (403) 289-0258. Ticket packages for the entire 2012-13 varsity season will begin July 2 with the launch of Dinos Gold Card sales. For just $100, enjoy access to all regular season home games in all sports, discounts and deals from Dinos sponsors, the opportunity to purchase discounted parking, and much more. For more information, visit

Dinos on 2012 CFL rosters
WR Nathan Coehoorn, Edmonton
OL Mark Dewit, Calgary
LB Sam Hurl, Saskatchewan
OL Alex Krausnick-Groh, Saskatchewan
OL Tim O’Neill, Hamilton
WR Anthony Parker, Calgary
OL Dylan Steenbergen, Edmonton
OL Paul Swiston, Winnipeg
LB Jordan Verdone, B.C. (practice roster)
RB Matt Walter, Calgary (practice roster)
RB Anthony Woodson, Winnipeg

CIS players on 2012 CFL rosters (by school)
Saskatchewan: 12
Calgary, Western: 11
Saint Mary’s, Laval: 10
Bishop’s: 8
McMaster, StFX, Concordia: 7
Windsor, Simon Fraser (*): 6
Manitoba, Regina, Sherbrooke, Laurier: 5
UBC, Queen’s, Alberta: 4
Acadia, York, Ottawa, Montreal: 3
Toronto, Guelph: 2
McGill, Mount Allison, Waterloo: 1

NOTES: Six athletes played at Simon Fraser when the Clan was part of CIS… One athlete played in both the AUS (StFX) and OUA (Western). He is included in both schools’ totals.


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