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Utah State Standout Drafted Into CFL

Published on May 06, 2013 at 04:22PM

TORONTO (AP)-Monday, as the Canadian Football League conducted its annual collegiate draft, a current Utah State standout was among the selections.

Connor Williams, a defensive end, who is entering his senior season at Utah State, and a native of Kanata, Ontario, Canada, was selected with the 18th overall selection by the expansion franchise in Ottawa.

Because the franchise, which does not have an official name yet, will not begin play in the CFL until the 2014 season, they were only allowed to draft NCAA redshirt juniors, which applies to Williams.

In 2012, Williams was a solid contributor to the Aggies’ defense, amassing six sacks and 32 tackles on the season.

The 6’3,” 278-pound senior also received an honorable mention All-WAC award in 2012 and was on the All-WAC academic team in 2011 and 2012.

Utah collegians who have previously excelled in the CFL include guard Dimitri Tsoumpas, who starred at Weber State and legendary signal-caller Anthony Calvillo, who has thrown for 78,494 yards, a North American professional football record, and also played at Utah State.