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Monday, May 6, 2013

CFL 2013 Draft - Specialists

The following four specialists were selected in this year's CFL Draft held this afternoon.

Jorgen Hus (Regina), 
long snapper
selected by Edmonton Eskimos in 4th round
"2012: Served as the team's long snapper, appearing in seven Canada West games and both of the team's postseason games ... collected 12 solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles during the conference schedule ... recorded the majority of his tackles on special teams, as he had eight solo tackles and eight assisted tackles on kickoff and punt returns alone ... added three solo tackles and two assisted tackles on special teams in the U of R's two postseason games."
Brett Lauther (St. Mary's), kicker/punter
selected by Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 7th round
"Lauther, a 22-year-old kicker who played last season for the Saint Mary’s Huskies, was selected in the seventh round, 52nd overall. The six-foot-one, 195-pounder led the AUS in scoring last season with 73 points and his 16 field goals were just one shy of his career high of 17 set in 2011. He also carried a success rate of 80 per cent. Lauther becomes the second kicker form Colchester to be drafted after Justin Palardy, who now plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was selected by Hamilton in 2010. Lauther, a Cobequid Cougars graduate, was one of eight Huskies named to the conference all-star team last season. In a season highlight, he went five-for-five in field goal attempts, all from 38 yards or longer, averaged 41.2 yards on 10 punts, made an onside kick and ran for a first down on a fake punt in a 23-22 loss to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Sept 16. In 2011, his 91 points led the CIS."
Billy Pavlopoulos (British Columbia), punter/kicker
selected by Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 7th round
"Pavlopoulos missed the 2012 season while serving a suspension for using a supplement that contained a banned substance. However, he is the best punter in this draft class and perhaps the best all around kicking prospect as well.... averaged 43-yards per punt in 2011 – the second best average in the country – after punting 70 times for 3,007 yards. He also served as the Thunderbirds’ kicker and converted 13 of 19 field goal attempts that season."
Dumitru Ionita (Concordia), punter
selected by Calgary Stampeders in 7th round
"The Woodstock, Ont., native led the country in punting in 2010 with an average of 42.5 yards per kick. In 2012, he played for the Twin Cities Predators (based in Waterloo, Ont.) of the Canadian Junior Football League. Head coach/GM John Hufnagel says: 'He was teammates with Paredes and he played junior ball this past year and probably will play junior ball again this year. This selection was, more or less, maybe providing us with depth because of what may or may not transpire in the expansion draft'."

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