Blue Bomber Report Record: 3–15–0

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3RD OVERALL

TYSON PENCER

Position: offensive tackle

School: Washington State

Ht.: 6-8; Wt.: 330

Born: Feb. 10, 1989, Delta, B.C.

Credentials: Earned a varsity letter in 2009 after appearing in seven games, including four starts. Saw his first action at Washington State against SMU, then started the next three games at left tackle against USC, Oregon and Arizona State. Has had major surgery on both shoulders but is presently healthy.

16TH OVERALL

JOHNNY APRILE

Position: wide receiver

School: Queen's University

Ht.: 6-2; Wt.: 208

Born: June 12, 1989, Toronto

Credentials: Registered a solid 594 yards and four touchdowns on 31 receptions while averaging 84.9 receiving yards per game in 2011. Aprile averaged 36.5 yards per return with two touchdowns, a CIS best. Aprile ran a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash at evaluation camp.

21ST OVERALL

CHRISTO BILUKIDI

Position: Defensive end

School: Georgia State University

Ht.: 6-5; Wt.: 290

Born: Dec. 13, 1989, Angola

Credentials: Chosen in the sixth round (189th overall) of the NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, so he won't be in Winnipeg for awhile, if ever. Big, physical defensive end with speed and reach. Could be a star if he ever gets to the CFL. Two-year starter with 10 career sacks, a GSU record.

23RD OVERALL

RENE STEPHAN

Position: Linebacker

School: Harding University

Ht.: 6-1; Wt.: 225

Born: May 7, 1988, St. Catharines, Ont.

Credentials: Attended Harding University after transferring from De Anza Junior College in 2009. Recorded 145 total tackles between the two schools as well as 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss. Named a first team all-conference linebacker while at De Anza.

29TH OVERALL

JAKE THOMAS

Position: Defensive end

School: Acadia

Ht.: 6-2; Wt.: 270

Born: Dec. 16, 1990, Douglas, N.B.

Credentials: Played in all eight games last season and finished second in the AUS conference with nine sacks and was named a second-team All Canadian for his efforts. The two-time AUS all-star played for Team Canada at the 2011 IFAF World Championship in Austria and won a silver medal.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2012 C1

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