Saskatchewan's Etienne takes comeback to another level
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Not much more than a year ago, Jade Etienne was wondering whether he wanted to play football again.
Now, the University of Saskatchewan receiver is wondering what Canadian Football League club will draft him on May 8.
The 21-year-old is ranked No. 15 by the CFL’s scouting bureau for the Canadian draft thanks to a breakthrough season that saw him lead Canada West with 721 receiving yards.
This after Etienne, who originally went to Saskatchewan as a kicker, suffered three broken bones in his back during a practice in the 2009 season.
After he recovered, a process that included nearly six months of inactivity, a strong pre-season game against Western last year by Etienne helped convince the Huskies coaching staff that he should be a starter.
“When I broke my back, I used it as motivation to return, and what I am hoping to do here is prove to everyone that the CFL should give me a chance,” Etienne said during a break at the CFL’s annual draft evaluation camp at a downtown Toronto hotel.
“It’s huge for me to be ranked so high, but I have to be humble. These receivers I am with (at camp), all eight or nine of them, are unbelievable.”