Canadian playmakers make mark on NCAA, who to keep eyes on from up north

Over the weekend, football fans from the north side of the Canada-USA border were given something to cheer about. Yes, the CFL had a great triple header on Saturday as well as a Friday night battle in Montreal which gave the whole country of Canada something to be thankful for after not seeing a single CFL game in 2020, but Canadians were also able to watch players from their home country make an impact on both the NCAA and NFL this weekend as well.

Leading the pack is 2021 NFL Draft prospect from Brampton, Ontario, John Metchie. Metchie, a receiver out of Alabama caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two scores in a Crimson Tide win over Tennessee. He was just one of many players that made a mark on the NCAA over the weekend and with over 600 receiving yards, he leads the group of Canadian skill position players. Nick Mardner also has 29 receptions for 583 yards and 3 scores at receiver with Hawaii, while other Canadian playmakers Samuel Emilus, Jared Wayne, Ajou Ajou and Damien Alford combine for 866 yards and 6 touchdowns at wideout. Illinois running back Chase Brown from London, Ontario also had a big weekend, running for 223 yards and a touchdown on 33 rushes. He has 757 scrimmage yards on the season as well as 4 touchdowns making him a top 10 runner in the BIG Ten. Fellow Canadian running back out of Ottawa Fabrice Mukendi ran for 73 yards of his own with Bryant on the weekend, giving him 517 rushing yards and 5 scores on the ground in his breakout freshman campaign.

Defensive playmakers Jesse Luketa, Akeem Mesidor and Jett Elad also had big games over the weekend. Luketa making 6 tackles and a sack, adding to his 33 tackles, and interception for a touchdown earlier in the season. Mesidor made yet another sack in his young NCAA career, giving him 8 in just his first 15 games with West Virginia. Elad has been a leading Canadian defensive back in this year’s NCAA season, and with Ohio this weekend against Kent State he was able to make 7 tackles as well as a tackle for loss. The draft eligible defensive playmaker has 29 tackles and 3 pass breakups on the season.

In the NFL, Canadians Benjamin St Juste, Jevon Holland and Chuba Hubbard also put on for their home country. As they play in week 7 of their rookie campaigns in the NFL, Benjamin St Juste made 3 tackles against the Green Bay Packers, Chuba Hubbard gained an all-purpose 56 yards on 16 offensive touches and Dolphins star safety Jevon Holland made 5 tackles, a sack and broke up a pass, making him the Canadian player of the week in the NFL by a long shot with a number of other Canadians on their bye week in week 7.

Continue to watch and cheer on all Canadians making plays south of the border, as it is just a matter of time before they make an impact that shocks the world.

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