U SPORTS East-West Bowl sure to be a gold mine for CFL talent

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The 15th annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, showcasing the talent that will be available in the 2018 CFL draft.

The football game, considered an all-star matchup, will be held at Laval University’s TELUS-UL Stadium in Quebec City, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET. The East will be comprised of Atlantic and Quebec conferences, along with players from Ottawa, Carleton and Queen’s. Their opponent, the West, will be put together with players from the Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the remaining Ontario universities in U SPORTS.

With the majority of the participating players getting ready to set foot into professional football in the upcoming year, there’s no denying that the U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl is a gold mine for raw talent.

In the 2017 CFL draft, 56 U SPORTS players heard their names called, with 36 of them having made an appearance in last year’s East-West matchup.

“The annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl is always a great event and it should be an exciting week as our game is once again showcased at a high level,” said Gary Waterman, the coach of the East team, in a statement. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with some of the top student-athletes and coaches in Canadian university football.”

Waterman, who guided St. Francis Xavier X-Men to an Atlantic University Sport championship this past season, will be squaring off against Wayne Harris Jr., who will coach the West team with his own slate of coordinators comprised from different programs in U SPORTS. Harris Jr. is the head coach of the Calgary Dinos, who he guided to a Vanier Cup final in 2016. The two coaches selected will give fans a coaching rematch of the 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco Mitchell Bowl.