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University of Montreal receiver Regis Cibasu hits the field at Shrine Game

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University of Montreal receiver Regis Cibasu has weighed in and caught passes at the East-West Shrine Game in Florida.

He checked in at six-foot-three, 241 pounds. Then he hit the field.

 

The Shrine Game is the oldest American college football all-star event that has served as an NFL launching point for the likes of Canadian tight end Antony Auclair, offensive lineman Geoff Gray, defensive lineman David Onyemata and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in recent years.

For more than three decades, at least two Canadian university players have been invited to the annual game in Florida. It features a week of practices in front of NFL and CFL coaches and scouts followed by a game broadcast on the NFL Network, this year that will be on Jan. 20.

Montreal’s offence was more about ball control and limiting turnovers so there weren’t many passes being thrown around. 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 full potential is reached. 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.

The last receiver from the Quebec conference to get a Shrine Game invite was 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.

Cibasu is trying to impress scouts and earn an NFL shot the same way Giguere did.

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