Next season with the Concordia Stingers football team is huge for Keegan Treloar as he heads into his draft year, and his prospects at playing in the CFL got a big boost on Thursday.
The 20-year-old kicker was named to Team West for the East West Bowl, set for May 10 in London, Ont. Treloar, a graduate of Brandon’s Vincent Massey high school, is glad to have been recognized for the season he had with Concordia and he’s excited to get on the radar of CFL scouts. Now he’s hoping he can have an impressive week-long camp and game, an event that showcases CIS players eligible for the following year’s draft.
"I just want to go in and test as well as I can and show myself that I’ve been working out and doing all that king of stuff," Treloar said by phone from Kingston, Ont., where he is training with Calgary Stampeders placekicker Rene Paredes, a Concordia alumnus. "Once the game hits, I want to kick the ball with consistency and show them that I do have the leg and consistency to go to the next level. Being 100 per cent on field goals certainly wouldn’t hurt my stock in the draft prospect, but it will be interesting to see.
"I want to get in there and punt well. I didn’t punt this year for Concordia. It’s one of the sides I haven’t really shown, but I can at the East West Bowl."
The East West Bowl week also features a players combine, presentations by CFL players and mentors and a banquet.
Treloar is coming off of his best season with the Stingers. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound marketing major made 11 of his 14 field-goal attempts, including seven of nine from at least 40 yards. His season highlight came in a 53-52 overtime loss to the McGill Redmen when he made field goals from 50, 48 and 44 yards. The 50-yarder broke Paredes’ school record for longest field goal. Treloar also averaged 51.2 yards per kickoff last season.
While making 78.6 per cent of his field goal attempts was a personal best for Treloar in his three years with Concordia, his team struggled. The Stingers went a miserable 0-8 during the season, which made Treloar wonder if he would be invited to the East West Bowl.
However, he was named to Team West, which surprised him since players from Quebec schools generally go to Team East.
"It was just a weird way of the rosters working out," he said. "They wanted me to be there, so it was how I fit there with the kickers and stuff.
"I definitely can’t complain about playing for the West. It’s my old stomping grounds and Manitoba is going to be there and I’ll see some of the guys I played high school football with."
The winless season caused some changes to Concordia’s program. Gerry McGrath, who Treloar credits with helping improve his kicking, stepped down as head coach and has been replaced by Mickey Donovan.
However, McGrath has told Treloar that he will continue to work with him during next season and up to the 2015 CFL draft and the Brandonite is happy about that.
"He has been there from the start of it and he said he’d stick there with me to the end," Treloar said. "He has no issue doing that and he’s been there for me, so I have to stick with him and he’s been there for me. I’m happy to have him at Concordia and I’m going to have him through the next season and to the draft."