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CFL Draft: Surrey's Jas Dhillon selected by the Argos

Jas Dhillon of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds is now a Toronto Argonaut. The Surrey resident was claimed by the Argos in the third round of Tuesday’s Canadian Football League draft. - RICHARD LAM / UBC THUNDERBIRDS
Jas Dhillon of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds is now a Toronto Argonaut. The Surrey resident was claimed by the Argos in the third round of Tuesday’s Canadian Football League draft.
— image credit: RICHARD LAM / UBC THUNDERBIRDS

After three seasons with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds, Jas Dhillon will attempt to turn pro with the Toronto Argonauts.

Dhillon, a 6’3, 290 lbs. guard from Surrey, was claimed by the Argonauts in the third round of the Canadian Football League draft Tuesday night and is expected at training camp later this month at York University.

“I was so thrilled to hear my name called while surrounded by my family and friends,” Dhillon told cfl.ca. “I am extremely excited to know that I am going to Toronto. I look forward to being in training camp and competing with my new teammates.”

Dhillon, 25, was Toronto’s second selection in the draft, and the 71st overall. After playing junior football with the Langley Rams, he joined the Regina Rams of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) for the 2010 season.

He then transferred to UBC, where he played three seasons for the Thunderbirds. Last season, he was part of a T-Birds offensive line that allowed just seven sacks in eight games. The line was a factor in UBC averaging 219 yards rushing per game, with Brandon Deschamps leading the way with 1,007 yards.

Dhillon, a third-year arts student, was a leader on the line of scrimmage and was selected a CIS First-Team All-Canadian.

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