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Canadian college football showcase to include Port Coquitlam athlete

Liam Stewart, a wide receiver from Port Coquitlam, is eligible for the 2024 CFL Draft.

Liam Stewart was a breakout wide receiver in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference for U SPORTS football this past year.

The Port Coquitlam product's season, despite a 3-4 record with the Saint Mary's Huskies (Halifax, N.S.), was highlighted with an AUS all-star honour and an invitation to Canada's ultimate showcase for university football.

Stewart was listed as one of 11 wide receivers to represent Team East in the 2023 U SPORTS football prospects game on May 13.

The annual friendly contest, known as the East West Bowl, exposes Canada's top collegiate football players to CFL scouts and coaches.

And like Stewart, most of the athletes involved are eligible for the 2024 CFL Draft, so such an opportunity could merit stable long-term goals.

Stewart finished his second full season with the Huskies in October 2022.

The 2015 Riverside Secondary grad started in all seven games, led the Huskies with 55.7 receiving yards per game, 390 receiving yards and 26 total receptions.

That's was the second-, third- and fifth-highest among all AUS wide receivers.

Stewart's career stats include 11 games with 462 receiving yards following the sophomore year.

Prior to travelling 5,800-km east from the Tri-Cities, Stewart competed with the Langley Rams and Westshore Rebels (Greater Victoria) in the BC Junior 'A' Football Conference (BCFC).

The criminology major developed his game with Coquitlam minor football before taking his talents to the high-school level.

Stewart will look to help Team East win its first prospects game since 2015, compromised of Atlantic and Québec conference student-athletes.

The 2023 East West Bowl is scheduled for May 13, 1 p.m. Pacific at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.

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