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Mississauga – After dealing the first overall selection in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft to Saskatchewan, the Toronto Argonauts used their newly-acquired second overall choice to select OT Joe Eppele, Washington State.
Tipping the scales at 6-feet, 8-inches tall and over 300 pounds, Eppele received extensive playing time at Washington State. A three-time second-team PAC-10 academic all-star, the hulking tackle started five games and dressed in 33 games over his four seasons as a Cougar.
Eppele enthused, “It’s an amazing opportunity and overall great feeling that all my hard work and everything I’ve sacrificed over the years have led to this. It is great to be selected so high and to be able to come into such a great organization. My goal is to make an immediate impact and I plan to continue to work morning, noon and night to prepare for training camp.”
Jim Barker, “This is the guy we wanted. He has great size, athletic ability and intelligence and has played at the highest level of college football in the U.S. His skills suit either guard or tackle which makes him versatile. I’m excited to watch Joe’s development in the years to come.”
6’8”, 306 lbs.
Born: August 12, 1987
1st Year Argos/1st Year CFL
Acquired: Selected by Toronto in the first round (2nd overall) in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft.
College: Played four years at Washington State (2006-09)…2009 Played in all 11 games at left tackle, starting in 3 of them…Named to All-Pac-10 Conference Academic Second-Team for third straight season…2008 Earned varsity letter after playing in 10 games, 2 of which he started… Also served on PAT and FG units…Named to All-Pac-10 Conference Academic Second-Team for second straight season…2007 Earned varsity letter after playing in all 12 games, mostly serving on PAT and FG units…Named to All-Pac-10 Conference Academic Second-Team…2006 Freshman.
Personal: Joseph Thomas Eppele (PRO: EE-Pell) is the son of Carol Ann and Thomas. He has an older brother named Josh and a younger sister named Carlin. When he was younger, Joe was rated as one of the best shot-putters and hammer-throwers for his age in Canada. Joe enjoys all kinds of music, as well as outdoor activities including hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. The psychology major at Washington State will earn his BSc., with a minor in business administration, at his convocation on May 8.