Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Former UConn OL Mateas earns CFL All-Star honors

Former UConn offensive lineman Alex Mateas was named to the Canadian Football League's East Division all-star team.

Mateas, who made the team as a guard although he has moved to center recently due to some injuries on the line, was one of five offensive players from the Ottawa RedBlacks named to the team as Ottawa joins the BC Lions as the only CFL teams to rank in the top five in both passing and rushing yardage.

Mateas was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 CFL Draft and has played in 53 regular season games in three CFL seasons. He is the first former UConn player to earn CFL all-division honors since Larry Taylor was the West Division pick as special teams performer in 2013.

Mateas was a key member of Ottawa's 2016 Grey Cup championship squad. The RedBlacks play Saskatchewan in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday with the winner to meet Toronto in the semifinals.

Looking at the rosters for the six CFL playoff teams, I was surprised to see former UConn tight end John Delahunt on the roster for West Division semifinalist Edmonton. Knee issues forced Delahunt to retire in 2015 but he was signed by Edmonton as a free agent last month and played in the Oct. 9 game against Montreal although he is currently on the six-game injured list. Also, Reuben Frank has played in six games for West Division finalist Calgary and is currently on the Stampeders' practice squad.



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