Two of the top defensive players for the Okanagan Sun in recent years had their names called during Monday’s Canadian Football League draft.
Safety Matt Walker (Vernon Secondary), who played with the Sun in 2011, was chosen in the fifth round by the B.C. Lions, while safety and Mt. Boucherie grad Paul Spencer went in the eighth round to the Toronto Argonauts.
Walker played last season with the UBC Thunderbirds, while Spencer spent four season with the Concordia Stingers of the CIS.
Sun GM Jay Christensen said both players have earned the recognition.
“Not only are both guys excellent athletes but they’re good guys,” said Christensen. “What differentiates these guys is the work they do, not just during the football season but during the off-season. They’re both in phenomenal shape.
“Getting drafted should be a very positive experience for both of them,” he added.
Spencer sits third all time in Sun tackles with 141 and was named the club’s MVP in 2009.
He was also named the team’s top defensive back from 2007 through 2009.