Twelve players with Alabama football roots are on CFL active rosters for the first weekend of the 2019 season, and two of them are among the best players in the league.
The Sports Network’s annual preseason list of the top 50 players in the Canadian Football League includes Auburn alumni Darvin Adams and Nick Marshall.
Adams, a slotback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, ranked 38th and Marshall, a cornerback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, ranked 42nd on the list, which was selected by CFL media and released Tuesday.
Marshall will be on the field for the CFL’s season-opening game when the Roughriders visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Adams and the Blue Bombers open their season at 9 p.m. Saturday, when they visit the British Columbia Lions. ESPN2 will televise the game.
Adams is entering his sixth full CFL season after catching 61 passes for 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, his second straight 1,000-yard campaign.
Marshall played in 13 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 and eight for the New York Jets in 2016 in the NFL. He joined Saskatchewan last season and returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns.
A quarterback at Auburn, Marshall also served as a short-yardage quarterback for the Roughriders, and he produced 48 yards and seven touchdowns on 18 carries in 2018.
The players from Alabama high schools and colleges on CFL active rosters include:
♦ British Columbia Lions: Maleki Harris, linebacker, Cordova, South Alabama.
♦ Calgary Stampeders: Cordarro Law, defensive lineman, Sumter County; Ucambre Williams, offensive lineman, Central-Phenix City, South Alabama.
♦ Montreal Alouettes: Chris Schleuger, offensive lineman, UAB.
♦ Ottawa Redblacks: Jonathan Rose, defensive back, Leeds, Auburn.
♦ Saskatchewan Roughriders: Christion Jones, running back, Minor, Alabama; Nick Marshall, defensive back, Auburn; Derrick Moncrief, linebacker, Prattville.
♦ Toronto Argonauts: Brandon Burks, running back, Daleville, Troy; Qudarius Ford, defensive back, South Alabama; Chandler Worthy, wide receiver, Troy.
♦ Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Darvin Adams, wide receiver, Auburn.
There also are seven players with Alabama football roots who are on the practice squads of CFL teams:
♦ Calgary Stampeders: Chris Casher, defensive end, Faith Academy, Faulkner.
♦ Edmonton Eskimos: Darius Jackson, defensive lineman, McAdory, Jacksonville State; Jonathan Walton, linebacker, Bayside Academy.
♦ Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Maurice Carnell IV, defensive back, North Alabama.
♦ Montreal Alouettes: Quan Bray, wide receiver, Auburn.
♦ Saskatchewan Roughriders: Blace Brown, defensive back, Troy.
♦ Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Chris Humes, defensive back, Spain Park.