Dexter Janke can be regarded as a groundbreaker for the Okaganan Sun.
The 22-year-old Edmonton native became the first ever Sun player to attend the annual CFL main combine last weekend in Toronto.
A safety, Janke played one season in Kelowna, graduating from the BCFC team following the 2014 campaign.
Among the 50 players at the combine in Toronto, the 6-foot, 220-pound Janke attracted his share of attention from scouts.
His results at the main combine were:
(Placings in brackets are among eight defensive backs at the combine.)
• Shuttle: 4.25 seconds (1st)
• 3 cone drill: 7.31 (3rd)
• 40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds (4th)
• Bench press: 20 (3rd)
• Vertical jump: 31.5 ” (7th)
• Broad jump: 9’2″ (7th)
A former running back with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Janke was one of four Sun players who attended regional combines last month. It was in Edmonton where Janke impressed the scouts to earn an invitation to the main combine.
“He’s got great size and that, he’s not the longest player but he does have some thickness to him,” Joey Abrams, the assistant director player personnel for the Montreal Alouettes, told TSN when asked about Janke.
“His athleticism really stood out, especially running down the field a showed he had speed and ability to change direction.”
The CFL Combine is an annual three-day event allowing GMs, coaches and scouts from the nine teams a chance to look at Canada’s best available talent in advance of the CFL draft in May.