Thirteen former Mustangs suit up for CFL openers

By Communications Staff
June 25, 2014

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Although the Western Mustangs football season doesn’t get underway until Sept. 6, the Purple and White will be well represented on the gridiron this week with 13 former Mustangs players listed on Canadian Football League rosters as the regular season begins.

Four members of the 2013 Yates Cup championship squad will make the jump to the pro ranks this season as Beau Landry and Pawel Kruba join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Dylan Ainsworth lines up for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Lirim Hajrullahu handles the kicking duties for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Two other members from last year’s team, Brian Marshall and Joe Circelli, have had their rights retained by the Calgary Stampeders and remain on the team’s roster, although both will be returning to the Mustangs for this season.

 Including Marshall and Circelli, there are 15 current or former Mustangs players listed on CFL rosters, good for second most of all CIS schools, just behind Calgary with 18 players listed and tied with Laval and Saint Mary’s.

Entering the first week of the regular season, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lead the way with four former Mustangs on their roster, followed by the Toronto Argonauts with three Western players. The defending Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers have two Purple and White players on their rosters, while the BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders both boast one former Mustangs player on their active roster and injured list respectively.

Week One of the CFL schedule will feature two games with former Western teammates lining up across from one another as Hajrullahu and lineman Chris Greaves suit up for Winnipeg to take on a Toronto Argonauts team that includes Zander Robinson, Jeff Keeping and Jonathan Hood on Thursday. Then on Sunday, former Mustangs Kruba, Landry, Andy Fantuz and Craig Butler will lead their Hamilton squad against Saskatchewan and former teammates Ainsworth and David Lee.

While former Western football players look to make their mark in the CFL the newest edition of the Western Mustangs will return to the field on Saturday, Sept. 6, in Toronto when they open the 2014 season against the York Lions.


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