When the Canadian Football League held its Western Regional Combine today there was a Yorkton hopeful among those being put through their paces for league scouts.
Layne Hull, who played football in Yorkton from the time he was in Grade 5 until completing high school, said the combine at Commonwealth Stadium Field House in Edmonton, was an opportunity he looked forward too.
“I’m expecting to do well at the combine and hopefully hear my name on draft day to be drafted to a team,” he told Yorkton This Week.
Success in Edmonton would simply build on Hull’s career, which has been one of taking steps up the ladder in terms of football, which started from a foundation laid in Yorkton.
Hull, son of Terry and Debbie Hull and brother to Leighton and Levi, said his time playing minor football, and then high school football with the Yorkton Regional High School team helped him prepare for the college level “because I learned the game at a very young age.
“Having the youth football program is very important,” he added.
After completing high school Hull played Junior football with the Okanagan Sun in British Columbia from 2013-2016, then with the Regina Rams from 2017-2018.
“My career I feel was pretty strong,” offered Hull. “(I) started –three-years with the Okanagan Sun, won numerous of awards, attended the BC Lions, (of the CFL), training camp, and then committed to the Regina Rams. I had a strong
university career winning linebacker of the year this past year and now I’m being asked to attend the CFL combine.”
Hull said the players get invitations to a combine based on interest from the teams in the CFL.
The combine will have players going through a series of drills to measure things such as speed and strength.
“I will be tested on 225 bench press, vertical and broad jump, short shuttle, ‘L’ drill, one-on-ones, and special team drills,” said Hull.
Hull said he has certainly been focused on preparing for the opportunity the combine will provide.
“I’ve been training for the last three-months, lifting three-four days a week and combine training two-three days a week,” he said.
Down the road Hull said he wants to be on a CFL field playing football as a career.
“Yes I see there being a future in the CFL even if it’s not for a couple years,” he said.