Unselected in the draft, running back Johnny Augustine added by Esks

University of Guelph running back Johnny Augustine has been added as a non-counter by the Edmonton Eskimos and will attend training camp with the club.

Augustine, who was ranked at No. 17 in the final version of the CFL Scouting Bureau, went unselected in last Sunday’s draft but was added by the Esks as one of two Canadian players each team can bring to training camp as long as they have not played a down in the CFL. They, like CFL Draft picks, do not count as part of the team’s 75-man roster.

The 5-foot-10, 210 pound ball carrier has played four seasons for the Gryphons playing in 27 games while registering 361 carries for 2,052 yards and 19 touchdowns. He had a strong performance at the CFL Combine in March in which he performed well in the pass protection and one-on-one receiving sessions.

Most CFL teams employ an American at running back and scouts sayAugustine doesn’t have much by way of special teams film – a key component for young Canadians trying to make a CFL roster – and that may have ultimately caused teams to shy away from selecting the Welland, Ontario native.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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5 Comments on Unselected in the draft, running back Johnny Augustine added by Esks

  1. Nice to see him find a spot.

  2. The CFL is so damned political it’s ridiculous. Augustine showed he can carry the ball. He showed he can block at the combine. So why not draft the kid??

  3. Antlerman // May 11, 2017 at 1:07 am //

    Nice signing i like the kids attitude

  4. Scott McDougall // May 11, 2017 at 11:25 am //

    Johnny certainly deserves a chance to compete with the best. He has an infectious personality, he is 100% committed to his craft, his compete level is through the roof, and after what he showed at the combine, he can contribute in many different ways to help his team win games. I hope Edmonton recognizes his talents and keeps him on.

  5. Canadian RBs making their mark in the CFL. Nice pickup for the Eskimos and will help the ratio if he makes the team.

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