Five former Gryphs suit up for CFL preseason game

GUELPH – Five former Guelph Gryphons suited up for Friday night’s CFL preseason match at Alumni Stadium between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

They were long snapper Jake Reinhart and safety Royce Metchie for the Argos and linebackers Curtis Newton and Jared Beeksma and receiver Kiondre Smith for the Ticats.

Not suited up due to injuries were offensive lineman Coulter Woodmansey of the Ticats and Guelph native and former McMaster Marauder receiver Tommy Nield for the Argos.

Reinhart has played eight seasons in the CFL, all with the Argos after they signed him as a free agent in 2014. His 2021 season ended after eight games due to a serious elbow injury, but he is back as Toronto’s long snapper. The Guelph native played five seasons (2008-2012) with the Gryphs.

Metchie’s in his first season with Toronto after spending three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. He was traded to the Argos in February and is to be their starting safety. He’d been Calgary’s third-round draft pick, 25th overall, in 2018 after spending four seasons (2014-17) with the Gryphs.

Newton is in his sixth season in the CFL and fifth with the Ticats after the Argos picked him in the fifth round, 40th overall, in 2016. He bounced between the Argos and Ticats in 2017, playing two games for the Argos before they released him. He was signed two weeks later by Hamilton and played five games with the Ticats before being released and then signed the very next day by the Argos. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed with the Ticats early in 2018. He played four seasons (2012-2015) with the Gryphs.

Beeksma is in his first season with the Ticats after being drafted in the fifth round, 46th overall, last month. He’s played four seasons (2017-2021) with the Gryphs.

Smith is also in his first season with the Ticats after being selected in the fourth round, 37th overall, in this year’s CFL draft in May. He’s played three seasons (2018-2021) with the Gryphs.

Woodmansey is in his second season with the Ticats after being their first-round pick, fifth overall, of the 2020 draft. He started eight games at right guard last season and played four seasons (2016-2019) with the Gryphs.

Nield is in his second season with the Argos after being selected in the fourth round, 30th overall, by the Double Blue last year. He suited up for eight games for the Argos in the 2021 season.

 

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