Brandon Poulin (left) was a dynamic return man for the Valley Huskers over the last two seasons, and his stats put him in the mix for Canadian Junior Football League All-Decade Team honours. ERIC J. WELSH PHOTO

Valley Husker Brandon Poulin among decade’s best in CJFL

The spark-plug return man is one of three return specialists nominated for All-Decade Team honours.

A recent graduate of Chilliwack’s Valley Huskers football team is being nominated for All-Decade honours by the Canadian Junior Football League.

Brandon Poulin is one of three players trying to lock down the return specialist slot, which includes runbacks of punts, kickoffs and missed field goals.

In two seasons with the Huskers, the Manitoba product had 131 returns for 1,964 yards and four touchdowns.

Poulin, a graduate of Winnipeg’s Grant Park High School, twice earned All-Canadian status.

As good as his numbers are though, he’s in tough against a familiar B.C. Football Conference rival.

Only one player will be voted onto the CJFL All-Decade Team. Langley Ram Nick Downey has a stronger statistical resume with 129 returns for 2,873 yards and 14 touchdowns over four BCFC seasons, including three All-Canadian nods.

The other nominee is Brycen Mayoh, who has played for the Westshore Rebels and Vancouver Island Raiders. He has 120 runbacks to his credit, amassing 2,068 yards, two majors and one All-Canadian selection.

Meanwhile, Chilliwack product Evan Foster is one of six nominees at the defensive lineman position.

Three will make the All-Decade Team.

Foster spent three seasons in Langley, producing 53 tackles, 28 quarterback sacks, one interception, one touchdown and two All-Canadian selections.

The Chilliwack Giants football alum set a CJFL record for sacks in a season back in 2013 when he recorded 16, and he was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 Canadian Football League draft, selected by the Toronto Argonauts.

Online voting for the All-Decade Team closed April 10.

The CJFL includes the six BCFC teams along with six from the Prairie Football Conference and six from the Ontario Football Conference.

For more info see cjfl.org.

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