Hurricanes attending CFL combine

Published on March 9, 2016

Jeff Hillier, left, and Jay Dearborn played for the Holland College Hurricanes football team in 2015.

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Holland College Hurricanes veterans Jay Dearborn and Jeff Hillier are attending the CFL regional combine today in Montreal.     

The invitation-only daylong event includes a series of tests and drills designed to assess the strength, speed and agility of prospective professional football players.

Coaches, general managers and scouts from all nine CFL teams will be present to assess the talent prior to the 2016 draft and training camps.

“The Atlantic Football League has some incredible players, so we’re used to a high calibre of play,” said Dearborn, a defensive halfback, place kicker and punter from Sydenham, Ont., who has been a team captain for the past two seasons. “The combine features the best (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) players from eastern Canada, so the challenge will be to excel in a field of stellar players.”

Hillier, who hails from Charlottetown, said they are looking forward to testing their abilities against the region’s best.

“I am treating this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the receiver said.

This is the second of three combines that are being held across the country. A select few from each combine will be chosen to join the national combine roster in Toronto at the end of the week.

“We will be well represented,” said head coach Ross Young. “They are among the top five players in our program’s history.”

This is not the first time Hurricanes have been invited to the CFL combine. In previous years, Owen MacWilliams, Demetrius Ferguson, Dave Clark and Marcus Dunphy were all given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at regional combines. Dunphy also attended a pre-season camp with the Toronto Argonauts.

Dearborn will graduate from the industrial electrical program this spring while Hillier will graduate from the power engineering program this year.