Thursday night saw the Canadian Football League Draft select the next batch of stars.

The draft consisted of eight rounds with 73 players drafted to the CFL. Of those drafted 53 of them came from Canadian University schools (U Sports) with the Ontario University Athletics conference boasting 21 played being selected.

One of those players was McMaster Marauders defensive back Eric Blake.

Blake was featured in the East-West Bowl this past year and became one of the leaders of the Marauders defense in 2018.

The 6’1”, 210-pound Mac veteran was the lone player selected in the 2019 CFL Draft, being chosen in the final round, 68th overall by the Edmonton Eskimos.

The 2018 campaign was Blake’s fourth year as a Marauder where he started all eight of the team’s regular season games. He posted 33.5 tackles on the year while breaking up two passes and forcing a fumble.

Staying on the defensive side of the ball, two Marauder ball hawks from the 2018 season will be headed to Ottawa to take part in the 2019 U Sports East-West Bowl on Saturday, May 11.

Defensive backs Noah Hallett and Nolan Putt will suit up for Team West, which will be coached by Western’s Greg Marshall and defensive coordinator Dwayne Cameron of Laurier.

Hallett was the Marauders’ lone representative on the OUA All-Stars in 2018, putting together a season that saw him take home First Team honours for the first time in his career. The London, Ontario native played in all eight regular season games at halfback, collecting 25.5 tackles and led the team with seven pass breakups. He also picked up a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and was co-leader with two interceptions.

Putt matched his teammate with two interceptions on the year while notching 22.5 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble while also starting all eight contests.

Kickoff for the 2019 U Sports East-West Bowl on Saturday, May 11 is scheduled for 12:30 PM. If you cannot make it to Ottawa for the game, you can view it for free on USports.live with broadcaster Mark Lee and former Guelph Gryphons QB Justin Dunk calling the game.