The University of Montreal will have a pro day for receiver Regis Cibasu and kicker/punter Felix Menard-Briere on March 12 at the Soccerplexe Catalogna.
NFL and CFL teams will be in attendance.
Quebec prospects have drawn enough interest to justify pro days in recent years with Antony Auclair, Charles Vaillancourt, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif each getting an NFL opportunity.
Auclair signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2017 playing in eight games making two catches for 25 yards. Vaillancourt attended rookie mini-camps with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. Duvernay-Tardif has turned into a Pro Bowl-calibre offensive lineman for Kansas City after the Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round, 200th overall in 2014.
Cibasu attended the East-West Shrine Game in Florida in January where he checked in at six-foot-three, 241 pounds. That made him the first Canadian receiver (Auclair is a tight end) from the Quebec university conference to get a Shrine Game invite since Samuel Giguere in 2008 who spent parts of four seasons with the Colts and Giants before coming north to the CFL where he’s played six seasons.
Montreal’s offence was more about ball control and limiting turnovers so there was less emphasis on the passing game. Cibasu had 27 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 99-yarder, in seven games as a senior with the Carabins. Over four years in USports, Cibasu has 145 receptions for 1,797 and seven touchdowns.
Cibasu burst on to the USports scene as a freshman with 90 receiving yards in Montreal’s 2014 Vanier Cup victory and earned game MVP honours for his effort. Since then Montreal’s talented receiver has developed further and added more muscle to his already impressive frame.
Carabins head coach Danny Maciocia said from day one when Cibasu stepped on campus that he could have a chance to play in the NFL if he reached his full potential. Physically, Cibasu already has a pro body – one NFL scout believes he has the size – and possesses natural ball skills and run-after-the-catch ability.
Menard-Briere was a two-time All-Canadian punter at the USports level who has already been drafted in the fourth round, 34th overall in the 2017 CFL draft by Winnipeg. He’s a national kicker with a big leg. The Bombers had him at training camp in 2017 before he returned to school for his final season. 2018 is Menard-Briere’s NFL draft year.
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