Canadian QB Tre Ford headlines 14 U Sports athletes on final 2022 CFL top prospects list

Photo courtesy: Kevin Sousa/CFL.ca

2021 Hec Crighton Trophy winner, Canadian quarterback Tre Ford highlights a group of 14 U Sports players on the CFL’s final spring prospects list from the three-down league’s Scouting Bureau.

Ford, a dual-threat QB, ranked No. 4 — highest among U Sports athletes after appearing on the rankings in both the summer and winter editions.

Ford is the reigning most valuable player in U Sports football and is a two-time OUA conference MVP finishing the past season in the top 10 of both passing and rushing in Canada.

Last season, the Recreation and Leisure student completed 118-of-186 passes (63.4 percent) throwing for 1,465 yards and 10 touchdowns. Averaging 244 yards per game in the air, he also finished fourth in Canada in rushing with 629 yards in six contests while scampering for three more scores. He led all U Sports rushers averaging 10.7 yards per carry during the 2021 season.

University of Calgary receiving duo Jalen and Tyson Philpot ranked No.5 and No. 6 in the final list ahead of the 2022 CFL Draft. The pair combined for 3,463 receiving yards on 190 catches and 24 touchdowns over three seasons with the Dinos and were instrumental in Calgary’s 2019 Vanier Cup victory.

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Last year, 31 U Sports standouts were selected out of 54 total picks (57.4 percent) over six rounds. Canada West led the way with 14 selections, followed by the OUA with nine — with the Calgary Dinos having the most players picked with six, while the Tiger-Cats picked the most of any CFL team at five.

In all, 16 of the 27 U Sports programs had at least one player chosen in the 2021 CFL Draft.

The 2022 CFL Draft is scheduled for May 3. The first two rounds will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET on TSN and RDS.

2022 Spring Scouting Bureau List

RANK NAME POS. SCHOOL HOMETOWN
4 Tre Ford QB Waterloo Niagara Falls, Ont.
5 Jalen Philpot REC Calgary Delta, B.C.
6 Tyson Philpot REC Calgary Delta, B.C.
7 Deionte Knight DL Western Ajax, Ont.
9 Tyrell Ford DB Waterloo Niagra Falls, Ont.
10 Noah Zerr OL Saskatchewan Langenburg, Sask.
13 Rodeem Brown OL Alberta Halifax, N.S.
14 Zack Fry OL Western London, Ont.
15 Zack Pelehos OL Ottawa Gananoque, Ont.
16 Peter Kozushka OL Alberta Yorkton, Sask.
17 Anthony Federico DL Queen’s Niagra Falls, Ont.
18 Cyrille Hogan-Saindon OL Laval Quebéc City, QC.
19 Gregor MacKellar OL StFX Timberlea, N.S.
20 Nathan Cherry DL Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Sask.

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year, usually in the fall, winter and spring. The Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.