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November 21, 2019 | Football

Veteran James Tyrrell earns a hard-to-come-by first team award.

WR James Tyrrell caps career with all-Canadian honours

James Tyrrell became the first Concordia Stinger receiver since 1981 to earn first team all-Canadian honours when the U Sports major awards and honours were presented in Quebec City on Thursday night.

In 1981, wide receiver Gerry Prud'homme became the first Concordia football player to earn all-Canadian honors. That year he was also named the outstanding player in the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference. Prud'homme was drafted 13th overall in the second round of the CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He attended training camp with both the Roughriders and the Montreal Concordes.

In the 38 years since the first honour, several Stinger receivers have earned second team awards, but Prud’homme and Tyrrell are in an exclusive club.

Tyrrell, who is from Dorval, Que., wrapped up his final university campaign with 52 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns in eight regular season games. He led the RSEQ in receptions, yards and average yards per game with 97.4.

At the national level, the wide receiver finished second in receptions, trailing only Ben Kopczynski of the Alberta Golden Bears who had 53. Tyrrell was third in U Sports for total yards and yards per game. 

The Finance major added to his impressive season with nine receptions for 124 yards in the RSEQ semifinals versus the Laval Rouge et Or.

Tyrrell joins a prestigious list of Stingers all-Canadian receivers:


  • 2019 – WR James Tyrrell – 1st Team
  • 2015 – WR Yanic Lessard – 2nd Team
  • 2010 – SB Liam Mahoney – 2nd Team
  • 2009 – SB Cory Watson - 2nd Team
  • 1991 – SB Jean-François Héroux - 2nd Team
  • 1988 – SB Mirco Buth - 2nd Team
  • 1981 – WR Gerry Prud’homme – 1st Team