Top 25 Canadians in the NCAA: 2018

NCAA Bowl Season is upon us and its worth taking a look at the considerable Canadian content south of the border. By my count, there are 97 Canadians playing Division 1 football in the NCAA, both FBS and FCS. Here are the top 25 performances by these athletes this year and where you might see them in the coming weeks.

#25. Brendan O’Leary-Orange, Wide Receiver, Nevada
Stats: 10 Games Played, 14 Receptions, 214 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 2 Tackles
Where to See Him: NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs Arkansas State, December 29th @ 1:15PM ET
The big bodied Junior has proved to be an important red-zone threat for the Wolf-Pack, even as his overall impact has decreased from last season. Look for the Torontonian to make key catches in the Arizona Bowl.

#24. Samuel Emilus, Wide Receiver, Massachusetts
Stats: 6 Games Played, 15 Receptions, 212 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 6 Kick Returns, 114 Yards
Where to See Him: Team Not Bowl Eligible
The true Freshman from Montreal only saw limited action for the Minute-Men but made the most of it. A name to watch going forward.

#23. Nate Anderson, Defensive End, Missouri
Stats: 12 Games Played, 20 Total Tackles, 1.5 Tackles For Loss, 1 Sack, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Forced Fumble
Where to See Him: AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs Oklahoma State, December 31st @ 3:45PM ET
The JuCo transfer from Toronto played a key rotational role in his Senior season for the Tigers in college football’s toughest conference. Expect him to be highly sought after in this coming CFL Draft.

#22. Chris Fournier, Offensive Lineman, Lehigh
Stats: 11 Games Played, 11 Games Started
Where to See Him: Team Did Not Make FCS Playoff
A Sophomore from Orleans, Ontario, Fournier played a key role on the 3-8 Mountain Hawks Offensive Line.

#21. JJ Molson, Kicker, UCLA
Stats: 12 Games Played, 77 Points Scored, 14/19 Field Goals Made, 60 Kickoffs, 63.7 Yard Average
Where to See Him: Team Not Bowl Eligible
The Junior kicker from Montreal’s John Abbott College has been a special teams star for the Bruins and was an Honourable Mention All-Conference in the PAC12.

#20. Zach Wilkinson, Offensive Lineman, Northern Colorado
Stats: 11 Games Played, 11 Games Started, Honorable Mention All-Conference
Where to See Him: Team Did Not Make FCS Playoff
The Senior from Vancouver recovered from a medical redshirt last season to be the veteran leader on the Bears line and was an Honourable Mention All-Conference after moving inside to Guard. Watch for him in the CFL Draft process.

#19. Alonzo Addae, Cornerback, New Hampshire
Stats: 11 Games Played, 25 Total Tackles, 4 Pass Break-Ups
Where to See Him: Team Did Not Make FCS Playoff
The Defensive Back from Pickering, Ontario played a key role on the Wildcats defence during his Sophomore season.

#18. Malik Tyne, Linebacker, Towson
Stats: 12 Games Played, 31 Total Tackles, 9 Tackles For Loss, 3 Sacks, 6 QB Hits, 2 Forced Fumbles
Where to See Him: Team Eliminated From FCS Playoff
The Junior OLB from Brampton was a key pass rusher for the playoff bound Tigers, wreaking havoc in opposing backfields.

#17. Jake Julien, Punter, Eastern Michigan
Stats: 12 Games Played, 66 Punts, 2879 Net Yards, 43.6 Yard Average, 22 Inside the Twenty, 12 Punts of 50 + Yards
Where to See Him: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl vs Georgia Southern, December 15th @ 5:30PM ET
The Barrie native has the ability to change games for the Eagles with his booming leg, earning 2nd team All-MAC in his Sophomore year.
#16. Jonathan Sutherland, Safety, Penn State
Stats: 12 Games Played, 35 Total Tackles, 2 Tackles For Loss, 1 Pass Break-Up, 1 Forced Fumble
Where to See Him: VRBO Citrus Bowl vs Kentucky, January 1st @ 1PM ET
The Sophomore Safety out of Ottawa plays a key role on a highly compete Nittany Lions team that ranked 12th in the country.

#15. Sage Doxtater, Offensive Lineman, New Mexico State
Stats: 12 Games Played, 12 Games Started
Where to See Him: Team Not Bowl Eligible
The only FBS Canadian Lineman to start every game, the Junior out of Welland, Ontario held down the Left Tackle spot for the Aggies.

#14. Liam Dobson, Offensive Line, Maine
Stats: 13 Games Played, 13 Games Started, Second Team All-Conference
Where to See Him: NCAA FCS Semifinal vs Eastern Washington, December 15th @ 2PM ET
The Sophomore from Ottawa was a 2nd team All-Conference Guard on a line good enough to carry the Black Bears into the FCS Final Four, and perhaps even further.

#13. Hergy Mayala, Wide Receiver, UConn
Stats: 12 Games Played, 40 Receptions, 361 Yards, 5 Touchdowns
Where to See Him: Team Not Bowl Eligible
The Senior from Montreal caught the most passes and second most touchdowns in a Huskies’ passing offence that was less than stellar and spread the ball around. Expect him to draw lots of CFL Draft interest.

#12. Patrice Rene, Cornerback, North Carolina
Stats: 11 Games Played, 31 Total Tackles, 2 Interceptions, 5 Pass Break-Ups, 1 Fumble Recovery
Where to See Him: Team Not Bowl Eligible
The Junior Tar Heel corner makes Ottawa proud on Saturdays by shutting down receivers in the ACC.

#11. Josh Palmer, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Stats: 12 Games Played, 23 Receptions, 484 Yards, 5 Carries, 27 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
Where to See Him: Team Not Bowl Eligible
The Sophomore from Brampton was the number two receiver in a less than stellar Volunteers’ passing attack.

#10. Neville Gallimore, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma
Stats: 12 Games Played, 46 Total Tackles, 5 Tackles For Loss, 3 Sacks, 4 QB Hits, 2 Forced Fumbles
Where to See Him: CFB Semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl vs Alabama, December 29th @ 8PM ET
The Junior big man from St. Catharines plugs the middle for the CFB Playoff bound Sooners and was an Honourable Mention All-Big 12.

#9. Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, Linebacker, Southeastern Louisiana
Stats: 11 Games Played, 63 Total Tackles, 10 Tackles For Loss, 6 Sacks, 6 Pass Deflections, 7 QB Hits, 3 Forced Fumbles
Where to See Him: Team Did Not Make FCS Playoff
The Sophomore from Dartmouth Nova Scotia was all over the field for the Lions and earned Honourable Mention All-Conference status.

#8. Chase Claypool, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
Stats: 12 Games Played, 48 Receptions, 631 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 8 Tackles
Where to See Him: CFB Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Clemson, December 29th @ 4PM ET
The Junior from Abbottsford, BC was the Offensive Impact Player of the Year for the CFB Playoff bound Fighting Irish and was a demon cover man on the teams to boot.

#7. Mason Bennett, Defensive End, North Dakota
Stats: 11 Games Played, 42 Total Tackles, 15 Tackles For Loss, 9 Sacks, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Fumble Recovery, 7 QB Hits
Where to See Him: Team Did Not Make FCS Playoff
The Junior from Winnipeg was one of the top pass rushers in the FCS and was the star of the Fighting Hawks defence.

#6. Justin McInnis, Wide Receiver, Arkansas State
Stats: 12 Games Played, 56 Receptions, 694 Yards, 5 Touchdowns, 1 Punt Block, 17 Yards Returned, 1 Touchdown
Where to See Him: NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs Nevada, December 29th @ 1:15PM ET
The Senior from Pierrefonds, Quebec was 2nd team All-Sunbelt and should be a first round pick in the CFL Draft due to his impressive size and career with the Red Wolves.

#5. Maleek Irons, Running Back, Ohio
Stats: 11 Games Played, 126 Carries, 831 Yards, 6 Receptions, 41 Yards, 9 Touchdowns
Where to See Him: DXL Frisco Bowl vs San Diego State, December 19th @ 8PM ET
The Senior from Chilliwack, BC is the bruising power-back for the Bobcats and will be highly touted in the CFL Draft.

#4. Brady Oliviera, Running Back, North Dakota
Stats: 11 Games Played, 162 Carries, 944 Yards, 9 Receptions, 99 Yards, 8 Touchdowns
Where to See Him: Team Did Not Make FCS Playoff
With over a thousand scrimmage yards in his Senior year with the Fighting Hawks, the Winnipeg native was feared by opponents and will be coveted by CFL teams.

#3. Nathan Rourke, Quarterback, Ohio
Stats: 12 Games Played, 154/252 Passing, 61.1% , 2228 Yards, 22 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions, 125 Carries, 816 Yards, 13 Touchdowns
Where to See Him: DXL Frisco Bowl vs San Diego State, December 19th @ 8PM ET
The 2nd team All-MAC Quarterback was a Junior from Oakville who plays for the Bobcats. He is a strong passer and a lethal runner who is the future of Canadian QBs.

#2. Chuba Hubbard, Running Back, Oklahoma State
Stats: 12 Games Played, 106 Carries, 620 Yards, 19 Receptions, 192 Yards, 8 Touchdowns, 23 Kick Returns, 510 Yards
Where to See Him: AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs Missouri, December 31st @ 3:45PM ET
The Freshman from Sherwood Park, Alberta burst onto the scene as a triple threat weapon for the Cowboys, expect to see him shine brightly in coming years.

#1. Deshawn Stevens, Linebacker, Maine
Stats: 13 Games Played, 112 Total Tackles, 16.5 Tackles For Loss, 9 Sacks, 3 QB Hits, 1 Interception, 2 Pass Break-Ups, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Fumble Recoveries
Where to See Him: NCAA FCS Semifinal vs Eastern Washington, December 15th @ 2PM ET
Leading all Canadian players in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks, while leading his Black Bears to an FCS Semi-final and earning 2nd team All-Conference honours. Its safe to say the Sophomore from Toronto was the best this country had to offer.

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