The Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM) congratulates former Stonewall Rams and St. James Rods (Midget) graduate Lauren Kroeker on being selected to represent the University of Manitoba Bisons in the tenth annual East West Bowlon Saturday, May 12th in London, Ontario.
Kroeker, 20, completed his second season with the Bisons in 2011. The 6’5”, 245 lbs. defensive lineman was first on the team and sixth in Canada West with 42.5 tackles (28 solo). The Stonewall native was also tied for second on team with 3.0 sacks and was ninth in Canada West with 7.0 tackles for loss in eight games.
The objective of the East West Bowl is to showcase future CFL stars to CFL scouts, coaches and fans through a week of practice, testing and evaluation. A national committee of CIS and CFL head coaches and scouts selected the players who were first nominated by their respective teams.
Gray, the Midget Football League's Lineman of the Year in 2011, is listed at 6'5" 250lbs, and will be joining the Bisons with lineman Michael Bell (6'3" 290lbs), OL Sean Simpson (6'2" 300lbs), DL Lucas Machado (6'3" 230lbs), receiver Zach Regert (6'5" 210lbs), and DB Connor Lesperance (5'11" 195lbs).
“This is the first of announcements to highlight the outstanding talent of local Manitoba football players and their ability to move to the CIS level," stated Bisons coach Brian Dobie. "They are all great leaders on and off the field for their respectful teams.”
Gray played 3 seasons of Midget Football (2009-11) for the Greendell Falcons: • Selected as MFLM Lineman of the Year for 2011 • Led all MFLM lineman in total tackles in 2011 • Named MFLM Defensive Lineman of the Month in both September & October 2011 • Team Silver Defensive MVP in Midget Bowl IV • Played with Team Manitoba at 2011 Canada Cup
"Our top recruiting ground has long been the Winnipeg Rifles junior football program,” stated Bisons coach Brian Dobie. “This recruitment class further strengthens our ties between the Bisons and Rifles.”
Dean, 21, played the last three seasons (2009-11) with the Winnipeg Rifles: • Selected PFC All-Star at receiver position in 2011 • The 6’7”, 235 lbs receiver was second in PFC in receiving with 632 yards on 31 receptions for a 20.4 yard average along with six receiving TDs in 2011 • In 2010, he grabbed 13 catches for 269 yards (20.7 yards per catch) and one receiving TD • Before Rifles, the Winnipeg native played quarterback with the St. Vital Mustangs
Vitt, 20, played the last three seasons (2009-11) with the Winnipeg Rifles: • 2011 CJFL All-Canadian selection at Receiver • Selected PFC All-Star – unanimous selection – at Receiver position in 2011 • Named PFC Outstanding Receiver for 2011 • The 6’2”, 205 lbs. receiver was first in PFC in receiving with 755 yards on 43 receptions along with six receiving TDs (eight total TDs) in 2011 • In 2010, he grabbed 20 catches for 315 yards (3 TDs) • In 2009, he had 19 receptions for 337 yards • Played for Team Manitoba in Football Canada Cup in 2009 • Before Rifles, the Winnipeg native played with St. Vital Mustangs and was a Midget Football League of Manitoba All-Star and Championship Game MVP in 2008, winning two MFLM provincial championships in 2007-08