Scouts from the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, B.C. Lions, and Toronto Argonauts put a couple of UBC Thunderbird football players through the paces on Wednesday.
Scouts were in town to see linebacker Terrell Davis and kicker Quinn van Gylswyk. Both players helped UBC win the Vanier Cup last November.
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“These guys are under pressure, but that’s being a professional” said Geroy Simon, the new B.C. Lions Director of CIS Scouting. “We want to put these guys under pressure, we want to see them stressed out, and we want to see how they perform under that stress.”
“The combine is one thing, but it’s also important to get them in an environment that they’re comfortable in, and then see how they react, because football is about stress and we want to see how they play under that stress.”
Davis is a 6’0″, 230-pound linebacker from Victoria. He was third in the CIS with 56.5 tackles and ranked 14th with 4.5 sacks.
“It was pretty cool having all these scouts come out” Davis said. “It’s obviously pretty big for me and Quinn, but it’s big for the program, too. Hopefully, with the level of athletes that Coach Nill and this program are churning out, there will be a lot more pro days here in the next few years.”
Another native of Victoria, Van Gylswyk had his moment of glory during the Vanier Cup, kicking a last second field goal to secure the national championship. The 6’4″ kicker made 20 of 24 field goals last season, including one from 47 yards.
“You always wish you could do better, but I think I did pretty well” said van Gylswyk. “Showed the scouts what I can do. They have my film, so they know what I’m capable of, and I think I confirmed for them today that I can do whatever they want me to.”