SMU picks up highly-touted WR

The Huskies welcome a former CJFLer to their team.

The U Sports league better get ready for sparkplug Archelaus Jack, a wide receiver formerly from the Oakville Longhorns, who will be making his university debut with the Saint Mary’s University Huskies in September.

The product of Mississauga, Ontario has had a taste of the professional football life and now he wants more. “I’m a Canadian football player (whose) awaiting a shot at the next level,” he said, having spent 2016 playing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before being released prior to the end of the season.

Jack will have his chance to show the U Sports league what he is all about. He has already hit it off with the team’s head coach, James Colzie III. “SMU’s coaching staff is great. I can’t speak on that much because I’ve only spoken with James. He’s a solid coach with a good head on his shoulders. He is also very football intelligent,” he said.

Archelaus Jack with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Courtesy of Archelaus Jack.

Standing at 6’4, 197lbs, Jack will be bringing size to the receiving core. He is known for his ability to create distance from a defender and then reel in the ball when it’s reached its highest point. He as been described as having ridiculous vision and agility, which makes a huge treat in the return game.

Colzie III echoed these sentiments, saying that, “(He is an) extremely gifted wide receiver who should all us to stretch the field.”

Prior to his days in the CFL, he played with the Oakville Longhorns (Northern Football Conference) and the Hamilton Hurricanes (Ontario Football Conference), which are the current Hamilton Varsity Tiger Cats. In 2015 with the Longhorns, he was named as a team all-star in three different positions, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner. He also received honours for the most points scored and as the special teams player of the year.

While Jack has built quite the impressive football resume, he is ready to prove himself on the university level. He said, “I’m currently training hard in offseason and awaiting any opportunities that present themselves to play at the next level.”

Archelaus Jack presents his hardware. Courtesy of Archelaus Jack.

Awards and Stats
Most kick return yards in a season – 919 yards, 2 touchdowns, averaged 26.32 a return (2014)
Augst Kangro Memorial Trophy – leading scorer of league with 102 points (2015)
Mike Jackson Memorial Trophy – special team player of the league (2015)

Kick Return stats: 18 returns / 542 yards / 3tds / avg 23.12 yards a return
Punt Return stats: 10 returns / 210 yards / 2tds / avg 13 yards a return
2015 Wide-out stats: 57 catches / 825 yards / 10tds / avg 16 yards a catch


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