As massive a fan as Mike Zegunis has been of Dalton Schoen, the receiver’s former highschool coach admits he wasn’t positive what the long run would maintain for his prized move catcher after commencement.
“I think with his work ethic and his commitment to excellence, I’m not surprised by it. But I, probably like a lot of other people, didn’t see it coming. Didn’t expect it,” the previous coach of Blue Valley Northwest, in Overland Park, Kansas, stated over the telephone this week.
“You always hope for good things to happen to good people. But I’ve coached long enough and been around enough athletes that I know what I might wish for and might want doesn’t always become reality. That’s why this is a really neat story.”
This yr, the individuals of Winnipeg are discovering what these on campus at Kansas State College discovered from 2016 to ’19 — this unheralded soccer participant is fairly good.
A walk-on at Kansas State, all Schoen did was lead the crew in receptions in his last yr whereas serving as crew captain en path to a spot within the Liberty Bowl.
Now, after arriving in Winnipeg with none fanfare, Schoen is an integral piece for an 8-0 Blue Bombers squad. The six-foot-one, 218-pound Schoen is third within the league in receiving yards after hauling in eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns in an exciting 35-28 win over the Calgary Stampeders final week. He now leads the CFL with six landing receptions.
“Dalton continues to defy the odds,” Zeguins stated. “That’s the neatest thing about it. Always a hard worker and just an outstanding young man. The type of kid you always rooted for. You knew things were stacked against him to go play Division 1 football and to walk on is not an easy thing to do. To have the career he had at K State was really fun to watch. To be able to have the chance to play professional football is incredible as well.”
As a result of Schoen didn’t have blazing velocity, Zeguins stated it was powerful for him to draw big-time faculty curiosity regardless of an impressive high-school profession — he broke the Kansas highschool document for receiving yards in a sport with 380 in 2014 and was the 2015 Kansas Metropolis Star Male Scholar-Athlete of the Yr.
Whereas he is probably not the quickest man on the sphere, he clearly is aware of how you can get open – as he’s finished all year long to assist the Blue Bombers overcome some accidents on the receiver spot.
“Dalton right away from camp, you could tell there was something about him,” Bombers offensive co-ordinator Buck Pierce stated. “His college tape and some of his NFL work, we were excited to get him into the building. He took every rep in camp, played multiple spots, showed up in shape and hasn’t missed a beat. Very high football IQ. He’s getting better and better each week and understanding the CFL game and understanding how to play the receiver position. It’s been awesome to see.”
After a pair years in NFL camps or apply rosters with the Los Angeles Chargers, Washington and Kansas Metropolis, Schoen’s agent instructed he give the CFL a shot. Assistant common supervisor Danny McManus first took discover of Schoen on a go to to Chiefs camp and after his agent set him up for a telephone name with the previous CFL quarterback, the wheels have been in movement.
Nonetheless, there have been no ensures.
“I was kind of just focusing on controlling what I can control,” stated Schoen, who has a mechanical engineering diploma. “Being as prepared as I could coming into each and every day. It’s hard when you’re coming into a training camp and you’re a rookie. You’re kind of shuffled to the bottom of the list. You can’t think too long-term or get caught up too much of where you are on the depth chart and stuff like that. The big thing is controlling my process and going about your work each and every day and just doing the best you can each day and let the chips fall where they may at the end.”
As Zach Collaros’ high goal, Schoen seems to be the front-runner for CFL rookie of the yr. Collaros, Schoen and Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Jaelon Acklin have been named the CFL’s performers of the month for July this week.
Again residence in Kansas, Zegunis loves what he’s seeing on social media.
“He may run away from children in highschool however I don’t assume individuals thought he was going to have the ability to run away from guys in faculty. Clearly, he did. He proved them mistaken. I’ve seen some Twitter clips of what he’s doing up there. He’s nonetheless operating away from individuals and scoring touchdowns. It’s actually enjoyable to see.
What we favored in Week 8
• One other spectacular outing from B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke. The Canadian accomplished 27-of-33 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Saskatchewan.
• The Blue Bombers-Stampeders sport. It was billed as the sport of the yr thus far within the CFL and it delivered.
• The Ottawa Redblacks profitable their first sport of the season. So shut in lots of video games throughout an 0-6 begin, the Redblacks have been full marks for his or her 23-13 win in Toronto in opposition to the Argonauts.
What we didn’t like in Week 8
• The mess that’s the Argos, despite the fact that they really lead the East. Teaching, quarterbacking, the work of the entrance workplace … all of it appears lower than stellar proper now.
• The unlucky ending to the Alouettes- Tiger-Cats sport when concussion spotters ordered Montreal quarterback Trevor Harris to depart the sphere for the ultimate play after he took a tough hit. It was the fitting determination, however no one desires to see that occur. The Ticats intercepted Dominique Davis’ last-ditch move in the long run zone to protect a 24-17 win.
Week 9 picks
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-5.5) at Montreal Alouettes, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
Quick week for the Blue Bombers, who performed Saturday evening in Calgary and are on the highway for a 3rd sport in a row. Additionally the opener of a home-and-home sequence. PICK: Winnipeg
Calgary Stampeders (-5.5) at Ottawa Redblacks, Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
Whereas the Redblacks have momentum after a win in Toronto, the Stampeders present a a lot harder degree of competitors. PICK: Calgary
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts (-2), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
That is the primary of 4 video games between the golf equipment in lower than a month (the fourth sport is the annual Labour Day showdown). Nice rivalry, however unfold it out a bit, CFL. PICK: Toronto
Edmonton Elks at B.C. Lions (-11.5), Saturday, 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Elks GM / coach Chris Jones was busy shuffling his roster in the course of the bye week. Lions crushed the Elks 59-15 In opening week in Vancouver, however Edmonton has been much more aggressive since then. PICK: B.C.
2022 document: 16-15 after a 4-0 Week 8!
(Odds from FanDuel as of Wednesday)
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-0, final week: 1): Two-time defending Gray Cup champs hit the midway mark on Thursday trying just like the crew to beat once more.
2. B.C. Lions (5-1, final week: 2): Stormed again from a 17-4 deficit in Saskatchewan, one of many hardest venues for highway groups.
3. Calgary Stampeders (4-2, final week: 3): Fought proper to the bitter finish in opposition to the Blue Bombers.
4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-5, final week: 6): 2-1 in final three weeks with lone loss a good contest in B.C. Two-time reigning East champs may very well be turning the nook.
5. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-4, final week: 5): Have misplaced three in a row, experiencing COVID, self-discipline and damage issues alongside the best way. Good time for a bye.
6. Toronto Argonauts (3-3, final week: 4): Ugly loss at residence to Ottawa has tightened issues up within the East.
7. Ottawa Redblacks (1-6, final week: 9): Quarterback Caleb Evans was strong in Toronto as he continues to fill in for the injured Jeremiah Masoli.
8. Edmonton Elks (2-5, final week: 8): With the Roughriders slumping, a playoff spot doesn’t appear inconceivable for Edmonton.
9. Montreal Alouettes (2-5, final week: 7): Loss to Hamilton was expensive because it allowed Ticats to climb forward of Montreal (by advantage of tiebreaker) within the race for second within the CFL East.