RSEQ Football Player Profile: Ryland Smith, DB, Bishop’s Gaiters
Name: Ryland Smith
Hometown: Brampton, Ont.
High school / Cegep: Champlain – Lennoxville
Academic program: Social Science
Year of eligibility: 5
Key stats 2012: 29 tackles in 9 games played
Awards & honours (since start of CIS career) :Smith was named the 2012 Bishop’s Gaiters Marcel Lebrun Award recipient for perseverance, commitment & personality. He participated in the 2013 CFL Combine.
Ryland Smith will be a player to watch in 2013 for the Bishop’s Gaiters. As he enters his fifth year he is a natural leader. At 6-1, 200-pounds he is the prototype for the pros. Smith is a great student on and off the field. He always puts the team first and his desire to win is incomparable.
"Ryland is a great football player and an even better person,” said head coach Kevin Mackey. “We have switched Ryland from DB to Sam backer to allow him to make more plays as he has a natural instinct to find the ball. It’s a trait that you can't teach. It was great to see him participate in the CFL combine and I won’t be surprised if he ends up playing in the pros next year.”