Ticats fortify the trenches with top picks in 2020 CFL draft

Photo courtesy: Russell Hons/UND Athletics

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats made nine selections in the 2020 CFL draft.

Offensive lineman Coulter Woodmansey was chosen fifth overall and defensive end Mason Bennett eighth overall, both picked in the first round.







Coulter Woodmasey, OL, University of Guelph

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Mason Bennett, LB, University of North Dakota



Bailey Feltmate, LB, Acadia University



Tyler Ternowski, WR, University of Waterloo



Stavros Katsantonis, DB, University of British Columbia



Joseph Bencze, OL, McMaster University



Jean Ventose, DB, University of British Columbia



JJ Molson, K, University of California, Los Angeles



Tom Schnitzler, LS, University of British Columbia


The 22-year-old Woodmansey played in 32 games, including 28 starts at guard over four seasons at the University of Guelph (2016-2019). The six-foot-five, 325-pound native of Toronto, Ontario was named an OUA first-team All-Star and a second-team All-Canadian in 2019, and also suited up for the West team in the U Sports East-West Bowl.

Bennett played 43 games over four seasons at the University of North Dakota (2016-2019), posting 128 total tackles, 20 quarterback sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. The six-foot-four, 235-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba holds the UND Division I-era record for sacks in a season with nine (2018) and was selected to the Associated Press All-American third team in 2019.

Feltmate, 22 years old, played in 31 games over four seasons at Acadia University (2016-2019), recording 203 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five pass breakups, helping lead Acadia to two Loney Bowl Championships (2017, 2019) during his time with the Axemen. The six-foot-two, 220-pound native of Moncton, New Brunswick earned numerous accolades at Acadia include being named an AUS all-star three times (2017, 2018, 2019), a U Sports second-team All-Canadian twice (2017, 2019), the AUS Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year twice (2017, 2019), and was the recipient of the AUS Student-Athlete Community Service Award in 2019.

Ternowski, 22 years old, played in 29 games over four seasons at the University of Waterloo (2016-2019), recording 164 receptions for 2,949 yards and 26 receiving touchdowns, while also adding 23 kick returns for 413 yards and 16 punt returns for 129 yards. The six-foot, 185-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario was named an OUA first team All-star each of his last three years as a Warrior (2017-2019), and was also named a U Sports first team All-Canadian in 2018 and 2019. Ternowski led the OUA and U Sports in receiving yards (1,159) and receiving touchdowns (14) in 2018, earning the OUA record for most receiving TD’s in a single season.

Katsantonis, 23 years old, appeared in 43 games over four seasons at the University of British Columbia (2015-2018), registering 205 total tackles, 18 interceptions, 16 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a Thunderbird. The five-foot-11, 185-pound native of Bakersfield, California was named to the first team All-Canadian defensive squad three of his four years at UBC (2016, 2017, 2018).

Bencze, 23 years old, made 24 appearances over four seasons at McMaster University (2016-2019), suiting up at both offensive tackle and defensive tackle. The six-foot-five, 255-pound native of Peterborough, Ontario posted 26.5 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks during his time on defence for the Maurauders. He projects to play offensive line in the CFL.

Ventose, 24 years old, appeared in 15 games over two seasons at the University of British Columbia (2017-2018), recording 31 total tackles, one interception, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. The six-foot, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta spent the 2016 season as a redshirt with the University of Calgary.

Molson appeared in 49 games from 2016 to 2019 at the University on California, Los Angeles (UCLA), converting 51-of-74 field goal attempts (69 percent) as a Bruin. The six-foot-one, 197-pound native of Montreal, Quebec also kicked off for UCLA 266 times for 12,758 yards (63.0 average) and was awarded the Tommy Prothro Award for outstanding special teams play in 2018.

Schnitzler, 24 years old, made 16 appearances at defensive line over two seasons at the University of British Columbia (2018-2019). The 6-5, 245-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan registered 45 total tackles, three quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and three pass breakups as a Thunderbird.