April 28, 2011

Draft profile: John Surla

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TORONTO — Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla heads into the May 8 Canadian Draft with a convincing argument for a shot in the CFL thanks to an impressive CIS resume.

Over his four-year career at Western, Surla racked up 182 tackles in 32 regular season games, finishing in the top ten among OUA defenders every season.

He was also named the 2009 President’s Trophy winner as the top defensive player in the OUA after a standout season with 52 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in eight regular season games.

The hard-hitting Surla hopes his numbers and constant effort will allow him to make the jump to the CFL.

“I’m the kind of guy that once I step on the field I don’t stop, my motor gets going and I’m going 100 percent all the time,” said Surla.

“I don’t take any plays off, and I’ll hit you as hard as I can.”

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