Taylor Loffler, the B.C. high school football player of the year in 2010, is an all-star in the CFL again in 2017. -Image: Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Twitter

Ex-Owl Loffler repeats all-star honours

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety is a CFL West Division all-star for second year in a row

To say Taylor Loffler has made a successful transition to pro football would be an understatement.

For the second straight season, the former KSS Owls’ star has been named to the CFL’s West Division all-star team.

Loffler, a second-year safety with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, recorded a team-high 75 defensive tackles while making one interception and forcing three fumbles in 17 games.

Last season, Loffler, 25, was also the league’s all-star safety and was named the Bombers’ outstanding rookie in 2016.

After an injury-plagued four years at Boise State, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Loffler transferred to UBC in 2015 where he was a key figure in the Thunderbirds’ run to the Vanier Cup national university football title.

The Bombers selected him in the third round, 19th overall in last year’s CFL draft.

In high school, playing at quarterback and safety for the Kelowna Owls, Loffler was named B.C. high school football’s player of the year in 2010.

Roy Anderson, who coached Loffler for three seasons at KSS, isn’t at all surprised that the former Owl is flourishing in the pro game.

“We knew back then, if Taylor could stay healthy, that he was going to be a very special player,” said Anderson. “His physical ability and mental approach to the game were above the average player by such a wide margin.

“Taylor’s got the talent, but he’s also got the fire and competitiveness that every all-star needs to have, he’ll do whatever is needed to be successful,” he added. “It’s great to see, and no surprise to see him having success at the pro level.”

Loffler and the Bombers will host the Edmonton Eskimos this Sunday in the CFL’s West Division semifinal.

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