Five former members of the Okanagan Sun will attend Canadian Football League Regional Combines next month.
Dexter Janke, Devon Kozar and Steven Shott have been invited to take part in the annual showcase for CIS and CJFL talent on March 23 in Edmonton, while Jack Rush and Brandon Donkers will head to Toronto for the CFL’s eastern regional combine on March 26.
Janke, a safety, played one season with the Sun in 2014, recording 14 tackles and three interceptions.
“Dexter Janke is a young man who not only is a great ball player with a tremendous upside, but he is a phenomenal human being,” said head coach Shane Beatty. “In my 23 years of coaching, I haven’t had many like him.”
After playing on the defensive line for much of his career, Kozar helped the Sun to one of Canada’s best running attacks in 2013, securing the left tackle side of the offensive line.
Shott was primarily a place kicker with the Sun from 2010 to 2012, although he missed all of 2011 with an injury.
Rush starred at safety for two seasons with the Sun in 2012 and 2013, earning a reputation as a punishing tackler. After graduating from the Sun, he played last year with the Hamilton Hurricanes of the Ontario Football Conference.
“This young man was a pleasure to coach,” Beatty said of Rush. “A true competitor and throw back.”
Despite an injury-plagued 2013, Donkers, a linebacker, was one of the top defenders and leaders on the Sun compiling 29 solo tackles, a single season career high.