TAYLOR LOFFLER | DB | WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2015
After only one season in professional football, Loffler is already inching into the conversation as one of the most impactful UBC Thunderbirds to strap on the shoulder pads in recent memory. He was an integral, if not spectacular part of the 2015 Vanier Cup championship secondary and followed that up by being named to the CFL All-Star team at safety as a rookie, just the fourth U SPORTS player in history to accomplish such a feat. Loffler made headlines on the field for his massive hits (66 tackles, 4 forced fumbles in 2016) and immediately became a fan favourite in Winnipeg n you want.
MITCH BARNETT | LB | HAMILTON TIGER-CATS UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2015
After a standout 2015 season with the Thunderbirds at linebacker, the North Vancouver native was drafted in the seventh round (59th overall) of the 2016 CFL entry draft by Hamilton. Barnett was able to get into 11 games for the Tiger-Cats in 2016 and is looking to make a bigger impact in 2017.
Coach Nill's take: "In his season with the T-Birds Mitch showed tremendous football intelligence and understanding. This has obviously benefited him in the early stages of his professional career. As his physical skills catch up look for Mitch to be an impact player."
TERRELL DAVIS | LB | HAMILTON TIGER-CATS UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2014 – 2015
It takes a great athlete to change positions, from running back to linebacker, and still be such a dominant U SPORTS defender you are an early round draft choice. That's Terrell Davis' UBC career in a nutshell. The Mount Douglas Ram, then Arizona State Sun Devil, then UBC T-Bird was converted from tailback to tackling menace by Nill. The results were extraordinary, as Davis was the heart of the of UBC's 2015 championship defence. Beginning his second season with the Tiger-Cats, Davis is expected to challenge for a starting spot.
Coach Nill's take: "Terrell simply carries with him a level of physicality that most players cannot match. He plays the game the right way, at full speed and with an aggressive mindset."
DOMINIQUE TERMANSEN | DB | MONTREAL ALOUETTES UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2012 – 2015
'Nique' can flat out burn and his foot speed was huge reason he made the Alouettes 2016 roster as an undrafted free agent. A four year Thunderbird, Termansen was a standout basketball player in his youth who seems to become a more complete football player by the week as he makes his way in professional football.
Coach Nill's take: "Termansen's just an athlete. He has great genetics that allow him to compete with the best football athletes in the CFL. As Nick continues to transition to the professional game his ability to impact will gain momentum."
The undrafted free agent showed so well at the Calgary Stampeders 2017 training camp he was named to the season opening roster. Jones is a versatile linebacker who will best be remembered for his spectacular 52-yard pick-six in the 2016 Hardy Cup.
Coach Nill's take: "Riley's work ethic got him to the professional stage. As long as he is able to maintain his discipline, look for him to have a long CFL career."
Van Gylswyk's game winning, last-second field goal and subsequent celebration in the 2015 Vanier Cup will go down as one of the most memorable sporting moments in UBC's history. Van Gylswyk has professional power in his right leg, as displayed by his 43.9 yard punting average and 86% field goal percentage in his UBC career. He battled a bit of inconsistency in his first professional season, but with his kicking power and U SPORTS resume, Van Gylswyk looks destined to have a long professional career.
UBC Recruiting Coordinator and Special Teams Coach Paul Orazietti's take on Van Gylswyk: "It was obvious to all who saw Quinn kick, years before he kicked the Vanier Cup game winner, that he had a huge leg. As a UBC recruit we knew he would be a pro if he could become more consistent in his kicking, as power was never an issue. Over Quinn's time at UBC he put the time in and developed a level of reliability and consistency that allowed him to make the jump to the CFL. Now with even more kicking expertise he is poised to have a great CFL career."
JAS DHILLON | OL | BC LIONS UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2012 – 2013
After being taken 21st overall in the 2014 CFL Entry Draft by the Toronto Argonauts, Dhillon found his way back to BC and in 2015 earned a spot on the BC Lions practice roster. Dhillon played six games for the Lions in 2016 and is looking to make even more of an impact this season. While at UBC he converted from defensive line to the offensive line and was named a U SPORTS (then CIS) All-Canadian in his very first season at the position. Dhillon joins teammate Husband as a promoter of football in Metro Vancouver's South Asian community.
Coach Orazietti's take: "I would say that Jas was one of those rare guys who just wanted to play at the pro level so badly that he did everything possible to make it happen. He had a singular goal and he knew exactly what it was from the time he first arrived at UBC. He changed positions from defensive line to offensive line, he added good weight in the gym and he learned how to play every position on the offensive line to make himself more attractive to CFL teams. Jas is a true success story about hard work paying off."
CODY HUSBAND | OL | BC LIONS UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2009 – 2010
Husband's never-give-up attitude served him well in professional football. He made the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as an undrafted free agent in 2011. After bouncing around the CFL for a few years, Husband has solidified himself as the starting center for his hometown BC Lions. He has been credited with helping the Lions create new football fans and players in Metro Vancouver's South Asian community.
Coach Orazietti's take: "Cody was a bit of a late bloomer but when his athleticism and technique caught up to his frame he was a no brainer for the CFL. He was a hard worker who got better each year at UBC. He is a huge 6'8" man with long arms and has great feet, a prototypical CFL offensive lineman. Cody also mastered every position from tackle, to guard, to centre in order to remain competitive at the CFL level."