Dexter Janke went 44th overall Tuesday in the CFL draft

Dexter Janke went 44th overall Tuesday in the CFL draft

Former Sun Janke taken by Stampeders

Dexter Janke, who played the 2014 season in Kelowna, is chosen in fifth round of CFL draft

The Okanagan Sun liked a lot of what they saw in Dexter Janke.

So do the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.

On Tuesday, the Stamps made the 22-year-old Edmonton native the 44th choice overall in the Canadian Football League draft.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Janke played safety and returned kicks for the Sun during the 2014 B.C. Football Conference season.

Janke, a former running back with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, had 14 tackles for the Sun, while picking off three passes for 79 yards.

He also returned 13 kick offs for 348 yards and 10 punts for 64 yards.

“A very good athlete,” Stamps’ head coach and GM John Hufnagel told the Calgary Herald when asked about Janke. “The reason he fell is because of his past health. He had a couple of knee operations. He’s a football player. He’ll play special teams and work in the secondary, probably at the safety position.”

In his one brief season in Kelowna, Janke impressed many with his play, athleticism and attitude, including Sun coach Shane Beatty.

“Dexter Janke is a young man who not only is a great ball player with a tremendous upside, but he is a phenomenal human being,” said Beatty. “In my 23 years of coaching, I haven’t had many like him.”

Janke was the first Okanagan Sun player ever invited to the CFL combine which was held this spring in Toronto.

Janke will head to the Stampeders training camp May 29.


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