The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce the signing of four players from the 2016 CFL Draft class.
Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk, linebacker Alex Ogbongbemiga, offensive lineman Alex McKay, and receiver Joshua Stanford have all signed with the team.
Van Gylswyk (6’2 – 192) was selected by the Riders in the third round, 26th overall. The 25-year-old Victoria native has spent the last three seasons at the University of British Columbia where he was named a two-time CIS All-Canadian and two-time Canada West All-Star. Last season, Van Gylswyk led Canada West kickers with a 83.3% field goal percentage and a 43.6 yard punting average as the Thunderbirds marched to the Vanier Cup as CIS national champions.
Ogbongbemiga (6’0 – 235) was selected by the Green and White in the fifth round, 36th overall. The 23-year-old Calgary native spent last season with the Calgary Colts of the CJFL, recording 20 defensive tackles and one sack in four conference games. Prior to that, Ogbongbemiga spent three seasons at the University of Calgary where he recorded 26.5 defensive tackles in 17 Canada West contests.
McKay (6’4 – 300) was picked by the Riders in the sixth round, 52nd overall. The 25-year-old Winnipeg native spent the last four years at the University of Manitoba. McKay started all 32 regular season and seven postseason games during his collegiate career with the BIsons. Following last season, he was selected to participate in the 2015 CIS East-West Bowl.
Stanford (6’0 – 190) was selected by the Green and White in the eighth round, 62nd overall. The 21-year-old spent last season with the at the University of Kansas after transferring over from Virginia Tech where he spent three seasons. While at VTU, Stanford established freshman school record with 40 catches and 640 yards.
First overall selection, Josiah St. John has yet to sign with the team while third round pick Elie Bouka is currently with the Arizona Cardinals after signing a free agent NFL deal in April. The Riders fourth round pick, David Onyemata, recently signed a league required four-year contract with New Orleans after the Saints selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
The Riders also announced offensive lineman Matt Knight and quarterback Nick Bynkoski will participate in training camp. Knight is a member of the Regina Thunder and will participate as a territorial junior while Bynkoski was named to the camp as part of the CIS internship program.