Tim St. Pierre of the Saint Mary’s Huskies heads the list of Atlantic Universities Football Conference hopefuls for today’s Canadian Football League college draft.

The fourth-year linebacker and AUFC defensive player of the year could be the first to have his name called at the six-round draft in Toronto today. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hold the top pick, while the Edmonton Eskimos follow at No. 2.

Huskies head coach Steve Sumarah sees St. Pierre as a possible top-three-round pick, and said his ability as a long snapper could be a factor in his draft position.

“It’s a skill that while it may seem simple, guys get paid to do it,” Sumarah said. “His potential is outstanding. You can’t go wrong with bringing him to camp. You know he’s going to be in shape, you know he’s going to work hard, and you know he’s going to do everything he can to be part of that team.”

St. Pierre was one of five AUFC players invited to a CFL evaluation camp last month. Huskies defensive backs Marc Beswick and Jeff Zelinski, Acadia Axemen offensive lineman Adam Rogers, and St. Francis Xavier X-Men kick returner Jonathan Hood are the others.
Rogers, an all-Canadian, is a two-time lineman of the year in the AUS and should attract plenty of attention.

“Offensive linemen are at a premium,” Sumarah said.

Sumarah added that Huskies linebacker Andrew King and fullback Tyler Schussler could also get CFL attention, although neither attended the evaluation camp.

The Eskimos are among several teams who have expressed an interest in King, Sumarah said.

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