Canadian Football League

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Former Canadian Football League Quarterback signs in AFL2

The Albany Conquest of arenafootball2 announced the assignment of three Canadian international players today. Quarterbacks Tommy Denison and Chris Hessel join wide receiver/defensive back Curtis Nash as the Conquest’s latest roster additions for the 2005 season. The Albany Conquest will play their home opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Pepsi Arena.
“Playing in Canada these young men put up spectacular numbers at their respective schools and I feel comfortable that they should have no problem adjusting to this environment,” said Albany Conquest Head Coach Richard Davis.
Denison, who will be an af2 rookie in 2005, played at Queen’s University (Canada) where he won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the Canadian Most Valuable Player in both 2002 and 2003. “The Hec Crighton Trophy is the Canadian equivalent of our Heisman Trophy,” said Coach Davis. Tommy Denison garnered that award for two straight years in Canada so that speaks volumes as to his talent level.”
The 6-1, 210-pounder holds the top single-season passing mark in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) history with 3001 yards in 2002. He also holds the Ontario University Association (OUA) single-season record of 24 touchdown passes and single-game passing record with 561 yards. In 2004, Denison went to training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) before being picked up by the Calgary Stampeders (CFL) for the remainder of the season.
Hessel, a 6-0, 215-pound af2 rookie, was a three-time league all-star at the University of Western Ontario. He is second all-time in both the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and the Ontario University Association (OUA) with 9,004 career regular season passing yards. The Ontario native also left as the Mustangs all-time leader in career attempts (997), completions (583), passing yards (10,176), and touchdown passes (72).
“Chris Hessel amassed impressive numbers at the University of Western Ontario and he is a tough QB,” said Coach Davis. “We have a high caliber of quarterbacks entering camp next week in Tommy, Chris, and D. Bryant (Bryant started 12 games for the Conquest in 2004 throwing 52 touchdown passes).”
Nash, 5-8, 180-pounds, will be an af2 rookie with the Conquest in 2005. He played at St. Mary’s University (Canada), where he was 1st Team All-Canada as a defensive back for the National Championship team in 2001. In addition, Nash was an Atlantic University Sports (AUS) All-Star during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He also led the AUS with five interceptions and was selected as the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2001.
The Albany Conquest, a proud member of the Arena Football family, are entering their fourth arenafootball2 season.


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