Ticats coach torn on Lumsden

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Part of Greg Marshall wants Jesse Lumsden to enjoy a long, successful career in the National Football League.

But if the Seattle Seahawks decide the McMaster running back isn't in their plans, Marshall might have to hide a smile.

"The Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach part of me wants him in camp right now," Marshall said after his club selected the Hamilton university's product sixth overall yesterday in the CFL Canadian college draft.

Marshall coached Lumsden -- who signed with the Seahawks on Monday and is attending mini-camp in Seattle this weekend -- at Mac before taking the coaching job with the Ticats last season. There were rumblings the Tabbies were trying to trade up to secure Lumsden, but other teams shied away after he signed with Seattle.

"Would we have done it (picked Lumsden) last year, with all the good offensive linemen who might play in the league for 10 years? ... Probably not," Marshall said. "But I didn't see a lot of those on the board this year."

Marshall feels Lumsden has a good chance to stick with the Seahawks.

"I think (being selected by the Ticats) is great for him," Neil Lumsden, Jesse's father and an ex-CFLer, said. "But there is only one thing on his mind right now and that is making that football club in Seattle."

Marshall drafted another one of his former Mac players, offensive lineman Fabio Filice, with his second-round pick (15th overall).

"We thought he would be a top-five pick," Marshall said.

POINTS AFTER

The Saskatchewan Roughriders took a gamble when they selected Duke offensive lineman Chris Best fourth overall. Best is expected to attend graduate school in Waterloo this year ... The defending Vanier Cup champion Laval Rouge et Or led the way with five players selected. Mac and the University of Saskatchewan each had four.


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