The pressure of playing in front of Canadian Football League scouts and coaches for the East West Bowl didn’t seem to phase Brandonite Keegan Treloar one bit.
In fact, the 20-year-old Vincent Massey Vikings graduate seemed to excel under it. Despite not punting during his university season with the Concordia Stingers, Treloar booted eight punts for an average of 40 yards per kick and sent one 67 yards.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound kicker also made his only field goal attempt, from 27 yards out, and convert as his Team West fell 19-12 to Team East on Saturday in London, Ont.
Although he hated to lose, Treloar felt he impressed the coaches and scouts, which was the most important aspect of the week.
"I was surprising myself all week with my punting and I surprised my coaches as well. That was always a good thing that I showed I could do both kicking and punting," said Treloar, who also averaged 63 yards on his four kickoffs. "We only had one field goal opportunity in the game, but that’s how games roll. You kind of just take it as it is.
"The amount of kicking we did during the week kind of made up for it and that’s where I got to showcase my leg in front of the scouts. I wasn’t too upset. I definitely built my resumé during the week. It was good."
The East West Bowl was an opportunity for the best Canadian university football players who will be eligible for the following year’s draft to showcase their skills in front of CFL scouts and coaches. They are selected by CIS head coaches, and the buildup and game at the all-star event can be pretty nerve-racking.
Treloar, who was on Team West despite playing in Quebec’s conference, felt his week went so well that it has given him a lot more confidence moving into his draft eligible year with Concordia.
"It has kind of taken away quite a bit of pressure," said Treloar, who made 11 of his 14 field-goal attempts at Concordia last season and set a school record for longest field goal with his 50-yarder against McGill. "You got to talk to the scouts, you kind of know who they are now and that they’re real people too. You don’t have to be scared of them, you just have to do what you do and relax.
"The coaches that I was working with in London were amazing and they really helped my mental game as well as my kicking game. It was definitely a confidence booster and took some tension off going into the next season and the pressure that the draft holds."
Now that the East West Bowl game is over, Treloar is planning on taking a week off from football to relax. After that, he’ll decide what to do with the rest of his summer, which may include a trip home, before he begins his fourth season of CIS football with the Stingers.
"I have a lot of opportunities in Montreal (this summer to work) with a lot of kickers that I look up to and are mentors that are here," he said. "I have guys in Manitoba I can work with, so it’s going to come down to the next week or so."