Canadian receiver Cory Watson accepts coaching job at McGill University

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Canadian receiver Cory Watson has accepted a coaching job at McGill University.

The Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec native becomes an offensive assistant and receivers coach for the McGill men’s football team.

Watson knows the USports level well after a productive university career at Concordia. He was the Stingers leading receiver during his final three seasons. In 2009, Watson caught 52 passes for 821 yards and six touchdowns, which topped the Quebec Conference (RSEQ) in receptions, receiving yardage and yards per game, while also ranking second in the then-CIS in those categories. He earned second-team CIS all-star status for his efforts.

The 35-year-old was originally selected in the second round, ninth overall during the 2010 CFL draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Watson was traded twice in a five-month span during 2015, first Saskatchewan acquired the national target and in May the Riders sent him to Edmonton.

Watson spent five years in the Manitoba capital, three with the Eskimos, one on the West coast playing for the B.C. Lions and his last year — potentially — came in Regina. The Concordia University product played 148 games making 374 receptions for 4,138 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The six-foot-three, 211-pound pass catcher was a reliable non-import starter. Watson’s best campaign came in 2011 with the Bombers when he hauled in 69 balls for 793 yards and one major. Winnipeg won the East Division and played in the Grey Cup that year, losing to the Lions. He won his first and only Grey Cup with Edmonton in 2015.

Watson has put the pads away for now, but if a favourable opportunity presented itself he could return to the field.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.