U SPORTS East-West Bowl: Wesley Mann named to Team East, Ben D’Andrea to coach East special teams

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QUEBEC CITY (U SPORTS) – Wesley Mann (Almonte, Ont.) will join Team East in Quebec City at the 2017 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl while Gaels Assistant Coach, Defence/DB’s, Ben D’Andrea will coach the Special Teams for Team East.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE (including ticket info): http://en.usports.ca/eastwestbowl

The complete coaching staffs and roster changes are available below.

Mann, an Economics major, is entering his fourth season with the Gaels and is coming off an OUA All-Star performance with the Gaels. Mann tied for the conference lead in interceptions recording five and returning one for a touchdown in the Gaels 55-5 homecoming victory over Windsor. He had another two interception game in the season opener at Laurier and recorded a career-high 10 total tackles in the Gaels opening game at Richardson Stadium against Western, a game that was nationally broadcasted on City.

Mann joins fellow Gaels Nelkas Kwemo and Nate Hobbs while Jason Shamatutu is unable to attend the game but was selected for Team East.

There are also Queen’s connections throughout the coaching staff that can all trace back to the 2009 Vanier Cup champion Gaels. Ben D’Andrea (Queen’s) and Mark Surya (Toronto) were players in 2009 for the Gaels while Ryan Sheahan (Calgary) and Ryan Bechmanis (Carleton) were both coaches for the national champion Gaels.

Valero was also introduced as the event’s title sponsor in 2017 and 2018 – with both years being hosted by Laval.

The 15th annual prospects game, which features for the most part, U SPORTS players heading into their Canadian Football League (CFL) draft year, is set for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET at Laval University’s TELUS-UL Stadium in Quebec City, streamed live on the Rouge et Or YouTube channel.

The East team is comprised of players from the AUS and RSEQ conferences as well as Carleton, Ottawa and Queen’s, while the West contingent is made up of student-athletes from Canada West and the remaining OUA universities.

All players took part in combine testing Tuesday morning, with the first practice scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Two practices a day will then be held throughout the rest of the week. The full U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl Week schedule is available here.

Sunday night, 56 U SPORTS standouts were selected out of 71 total picks (78.9 per cent) during the 2017 CFL draft, with 36 having been invited to last year’s East-West Bowl, including all six first-round picks. Over the course of the week, eight representatives from CFL coaching staffs will be on hand to assist the sides and get an early look at the 2018 draft class.

Last year, the West defeated the East 29-14 for their first win since 2013, extending their lead in the all-time series to 8-6.

East Team Coaching Staff

Head coach: Gary Waterman (StFX)
Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks: Benoit Groulx (McGill)
Defensive Coordinator: Jon Svec (StFX)
Receivers: AJ Tufford (Saint Mary’s), Cherif Nicolas (Bishop’s)
Running backs: Sebastien Levesque (McGill)
Offensive line: Jeff Cummins (Acadia), Dave Van Den Heuvel (StFX), Mickey Donovan (Concordia)
Defensive Line: Mathieu Lecompte (Sherbrooke)
Linebackers: Shad McLachan (Acadia), Claude Gauthier (Sherbrooke), Kevin Regimbald (Sherbrooke)
Defensive backs: Jermaine Lewis (Concordia), Scott Brady (Mount Allison)
Special Teams: Ryan Bechmanis (Carleton), Ben D’Andrea (Queen’s)

East Roster Changes
Added:
Wesley Mann, DB (Queen’s)
David Mackie, RB (Western)
Kiel Ambursley, RB (Mount Allison)

Removed:
Jason Shamatutu, DB (Queen’s)
Jonathan Boissonneault-Glaou, DE (Montreal)
Gustave Sylvestre, OT (Montreal)
Chris Reid, RB (Mount Allison)

West Team Staff

Head coach: Wayne Harris Jr. (Calgary)
Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Sheahan (Calgary)
Defensive Coordinator: Dwayne Cameron (Laurier)
Quarterbacks: Mark McConkey (Regina)
Receivers: Mark Surya (Toronto)
Running backs: Tom Flaxman (McMaster)
Offensive line: JF Joncas (Guelph), Irv Daymond (Laurier)
Defensive Line: Matt Berry (Calgary), Darrell Adams (Waterloo)
Linebackers: Warren Muzika (Saskatchewan)
Defensive Backs: Vince Flamia (Windsor)

West Roster Changes

Added:
William Maxwell, WR (UBC)
Ian Lawrence, DB (York)
Ben Koczwara, OL (Waterloo)
Étienne Moisan, WR (Laval)

Removed:
Tyler Ledwos, WR (Calgary)
Rees Paterson, CB (York)
Andrew Pickett, OG (Guelph)

CFL Coaching Staff

Montreal Alouettes: Greg Quick (senior defensive assistant), Billy Parker (defensive assistant), Jason Hogan (defensive assistant)
Saskatchewan Roughriders: Craig Dickenson (special teams coordinator), Craig Davoren (defensive assistant)
B.C. Lions: Dan Dorazio (offensive line coach), Mike Lionello (assistant running backs Coach) Calgary Stampeders: Brent Morrison (linebackers coach)

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