April 9, 1997
Texas Tech Players Drafted by Canadian Football League
DuBuc selected in first round of CFL draft by Toronto Argonauts; Hansen in fourth
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Toronto Argonauts like Texas Tech football players. Red Raider receiver Matt DuBuc was selected as the ninth overall pick of the first round, while senior offensive guard Jayson Hansen was a fourth-round selection in the Canadian Football League's annual Canadian College Entry Draft Monday in Toronto.
A 5-8, 173-pound receiver/tailback who played several offensive positions for the Red Raiders, DuBuc is projected to play slotback in the CFL and was the first offensive back selected in the draft. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., DuBuc is a second-generation native Canadian and was eligible for the CFL's draft.
Hansen, a native of Kelowna, British Columbia, has played offensive guard for the Red Raiders and is currently listed as the number two left guard behind Chris Whitney. He is expected to return to Texas Tech for his senior season.
"We are really proud for Matt and Jayson," said Head Coach Spike Dykes. "These are two of the hardest workers on our football team and they will both have every possible opportunity to ultimately perform very well in the Canadian Football League.
"Matt is a 'johnny of many, many hats,' and he is a great competitor. Jayson has been injured for the past couple of years, but is really starting to come around as a fine offensive lineman for us."
DuBuc was Texas Tech's third-leading receiver as a senior with 11 catches for 164 yards at the split end position. He was also listed as the team's fourth-string tailback, as well as punt and kickoff returner. DuBuc started four games as an extra receiver in three and four-receiver formations and recorded a season-high three catches for 41 yards against Texas. He returned 10 punts on the season for 33 yards.
Hansen, 6-4, 297-pounds, lettered for the Red Raiders as a junior in 1996, primarily at the right guard position and helped block for Doak Walker Award winner and first-team All-America Byron Hanspard. He also helped lead a rushing attack that finished the season ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and fourth in the nation with 273.5 yards per game.