Lumsden's not invited

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Jesse Lumsden made quite an impression in his Canadian collegiate career but likely won't be able to make any impression at the annual National Football League combine.

The 6-foot-2, 226-pound Lumsden, who racked up the most single season rushing yards in the history of Canadian collegiate football while at McMaster, is not on the list of invitees picked for the Combine, Feb. 23-March 1 in Indianapolis.

So far, a total of 28 running backs and seven fullbacks have been invited to attend the combine, in which graduating seniors and players who are forgoing their final year of collegiate eligibility are tested physically and psychologically by NFL personnel in advance of the draft, April 24-25.

The only way for Lumsden to be invited is if some of the scheduled participants drop out. But there's an overall list of 90 rated running backs, and Lumsden's name isn't included to this point on the list.

Lumsden is hoping to find out by the end of this week or early next week if he will be added to the list of invitees, but he's a "longshot" according to San Diego Chargers pro/college scout Mike McCarthy. However, McCarthy said players who are not invited to the Combine can publicly audition for NFL teams through various workouts set up by schools and agents.

"I still think he's 50-50 to go to a (training) camp in the NFL," McCarthy said yesterday.

Lumsden has been busy working out regularly in Arizona, although he currently is in Hamilton for a few days.

If he's not selected in the NFL draft or signed as a free agent afterward, Lumsden is expected to be a first-round pick in the Canadian Football League draft, April 28.

While Calgary has the first pick overall, there have been rumbles Hamilton will make a strong pitch to trade up to acquire the choice and then take Lumsden.

While Hamilton has a strong feature running back in Troy Davis, who led the CFL in rushing yardage last year, Lumsden has marketability in the Hamilton community because of his stellar career at McMaster.


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