The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are just 10 days away from the start of training camp. GM Kyle Walters has been actively working to bring in the best competition for the team to compete for a third consecutive Grey Cup Championship.
Not including the CFL draft, the Blue Bombers have brought 10 defensive players.
“I like the way the defense is shaping up where we’ve got a veteran crew still here, but we’ve added some good depth guys, said Kyle Wlaters.
Here are the New editions:
Cole Adamson (DL)
Jeremy Kapelanski (DL)
Souleymane Karamoko (DB)
Chris Ciguineau (DB)
Simon Chaves (DB)
Zach Hannibal (DB)
L.B Mack (DE)
Jordan Berner (DE)
Inoke Moala (DE)
Patrice Rene (DB)
Players to watch:
Defensive Back, Zach Hannibal(6-0, 184, Louisiana Tech):
Hannibal joins the Blue Bombers after completing a six-year amateur career with the Bulldogs. During that time he played in 56 games (11 starts) where totaled 69 tackles, 41 solo tackles and 11 passes deflected. Hannibals’ significant contributions in both the secondary and special teams throughout his collegiate career led him to be lauded All-Conference USA Honorable Mention in 2020.
Defensive End, L.B. Mack(6-2, 230, Rhode Island)
Mack is coming to the Blue Bombers after an unforgettable season at Rhode Island where he had 51 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, eight sack, one fouced fumble and one fumble recovery. He finished his career second in program history in tackles for loss (39.0) and fourth in sacks (21.0), was 2021 CAA Football All-Conference Second Team, CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week (11/8/2021, 2018 CAA Football Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and earned STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention for the week 2017 for his 10-tackle, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble performance at Brown.
Defensive End, Jordan Berner (6-5, 255, Southern Illinois)
Berner comes to Blue Bombers after stellar five-year career with the Saluiks where he was forced be reckoned with from the time he stepped on campus. In 57 games Berner racked up 144 total tackles and 17.5 sacks(7th in school history) for 126 yards. He also contributed in the secondary with five passes deflected, three forced fumblers and five fumble recoveries.
Defensive End, Inoke Moala (6-4, 250lbs, Indiana State)
Moalas stellar career at Indiana lead him to joining the Blue Bombers. He added value to the team since his freshman year on special teams before he saw saw action on defense. Once his name was called he premiered beyond expectations.
Moalas finished his career with 122 total tackles, 15 sacks,8 passes deflected and was named the 2021 MVFC First Team All-Conference Selection.
Defensive Back, Patrice Rene (6-2, 208, Rutgers)
If you’re thinking to yourself, ” why dose this name sound familiar?” That’s because he was selected by the Blue Bombers in the 2021 CFL Draft but elected to use his final year of eligibility to play at Rutgers University. Before he transferred to Rutgers, Rene played for the university of North Carolina.
At UNC Rene posted 104 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, 14 pass defences, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.