The overwhelming theme of the Tiger-Cats off-season has been controlling the line of scrimmage. Last week, the Tiger-Cats showed their commitment to their offensive line by re-signing CFL veteran Brandon Revenberg and re-signing offensive linemen Brandon Kemp and Jakub Szott. The commitment to winning the line of scrimmage continues to be apparent today by Hamilton re-signing national offensive lineman Coulter Woodmansey and American defensive lineman Cedric Wilcots II.
Keep The Run Game Rolling
Coulter Woodmansey is a 26-year-old, 6’5″, 310-pound native of Toronto, Ontario. The veteran offensive lineman has played for Hamilton for the last three seasons (2021-2023) and has played in 41 games for the Tiger-Cats. During the 2023 season, Woodmansey played in 17 regular season games and Hamilton’s playoff game in Montreal.
During the 2023 season, the Hamilton offensive line helped lead running back James Butler to a 1000-yard season. Consistency within an offensive line unit is essential, and as linemen develop chemistry, they tend to improve significantly. The ability to be a consistent contributor to the offensive line unit makes Woodmansey a good investment for the Tiger-Cats.
Hamilton acquired Woodmansey in the first round of the 2020 CFL Draft with the fifth pick. Before being drafted by Hamilton, Woodmansey played U Sports football at the University of Guelph for four seasons from 2016 until 2019. While at Guelph, he played in 32 games for the Gryphons.
Rushing Opposing Quarterbacks
Cedric Wilcots II is a 26-year-old, 6’3″, 249-pound defensive lineman from Dallas, Texas. The Tiger-Cats acquired Wilcots II to return to trading Alden Darby Jr. to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the 2022 season. Wilcots II finished the 2022 season with the Tiger-Cats and continued his career with Hamilton during the 2023 season. Since 2022, the defensive lineman has been active for 15 CFL games, including one for the Tiger-Cats. Wilcots II has produced four tackles and one quarterback sack during his two CFL seasons.
While Wilcots II has yet to be a significant contributor as a pass rusher in the CFL, his collegiate experience shows that he has the potential to become a difference-maker rushing the passer. Throughout three seasons (2017-2019) playing for New Mexico State University, he played 35 games. During his career with the Aggies, he produced 94 tackles, 18.5 quarterback sacks, deflected four passes, and forced four fumbles.
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