Two Gee-Gees football standouts have signed CFL contacts. Derek Wendel and Ty Cranston have both been signed by the Montreal Alouettes. The Gee-Gees quarterback and defensive back will compete to be teammates once again in the pros.
The Montreal Alouettes have signed the Gee-Gees five-year quarterback Derek Wendel. Wendel played 35 games as a Gee-Gee and has become the best quarterback the school has had since Brad Sinopoli, who is coming off of a Grey Cup winning season with the Redblacks. Wendel leaves uOttawa as the school record holder in completions in a season (232), career completions (646), TDs in a season (24), and yards in a season (3136). He also finished second in school history for career yards with 8863.
Wendel took the OUA by storm this past season, leading the conference in six passing categories. He led the OUA in completions (232), attempts (347), completion percentage (66.9%), yards (2936), yards per game (367), and touchdowns (22).
Wendel’s amazing play on the field culminated in his multiple awards. He was a CIS second team all-star in 2016-17, an OUA first team all-star in 2016-17 and an OUA second team all-star in 2015-16, and the OUA most valuable player in 2016-17.
After being selected 56th in this year’s CFL draft, Ty Cranston has now been signed by the Montreal Alouettes.
Information from the Montreal Alouettes news release:
“Cranston (6’03”, 205 lbs.) was the seventh round pick (56th overall). The big-bodied defensive back totaled 129 defensive tackles in 30 outings throughout the four seasons he suited up for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. Cranston also made two interceptions, in addition to forcing one fumble and recovering one.”
Congratulations to Derek Wendel and Ty Cranston on signing their first professional football contracts.