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April 18, 2023 | Football

From left, Stinger standouts Ahmed Boubacar, Anthony Paul-Hus and Zach Phillion.From left, Stinger standouts Ahmed Boubacar, Anthony Paul-Hus and Zach Phillion.

Boubacar, Philion, Paul-Hus selected for East-West Bowl

Next month, three members of the Concordia Stingers football team will have the opportunity to train and compete in front of Canadian Football League personnel with an eye on earning consideration for the 2024 draft.

Cornerback Ahmed Boubacar, linebacker Zach Philion and receiver Anthony Paul-Hus have been invited to the 2023 U SPORTS East-West Bowl taking place on Saturday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ont.

McMaster University will serve as host to 90 of the top Canadian university football players eligible for the 2024 draft. The week-long event is designed to showcase players’ skills to coaches, general managers and personnel from the CFL.

Boubacar has been with the Stingers for three seasons, dating back to 2019. In 2021, he made a name for himself, playing in seven games and collecting 22 solo tackles and nine assists. He was named a U Sports all-Canadian for his efforts.

Last season, he played all eight games and had 24 solo tackles and nine assists.

The Management student who is originally from Niamey, Niger is a team captain with the Stingers.

Philion has played two seasons in a Concordia uniform, preceded by a year at New Mexico Military Institute. In 2021, he led the Stingers in tackles with 35 solos and 13 assists in eight games, He also had six pass breakups, including an interception.

The Human Relations student, who is also a team captain, played in eight games last season, picking up 17 solo tackles, 16 assists and a forced fumble.

A History major out of Cégep Victoriaville, Paul-Hus has played two seasons with the Stingers. He’s competed in 15 games. He serves primarily as a special teams player and is often used to block when in the game as a tight end.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound native of St. Bonaventure, Que. is an exceptional athlete who also plays on the Canadian national men’s handball team.

The Stingers will be on the East roster that features top talent from the RSEQ and AUS schools, as well as Carleton, Ottawa, York and Queen’s from Ontario.