Tomas Jack-Kurdyla
No. 60     Edmonton Elks
Born: (1997-02-27) February 27, 1997 (age 24)
Montreal, Quebec
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight300 lb (140 kg)
CollegeBuffalo (2016–2019)
High schoolVanier College (Montreal, Quebec)
CFL draft2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Drafted byEdmonton Eskimos
Career history
As player
2021–PresentEdmonton Elks
Career stats

Tomas Jack-Kurdyla is a professional Canadian football offensive lineman for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the Buffalo Bulls from 2016 to 2019.

Early life and high school career

Jack-Kurdyla grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He played against his eventual Edmonton teammate, Mathieu Betts.[1] He attended Vanier College in Montreal.[2] He worked at several jobs while growing up, including at a Provigo grocery store, AMC movie theatre, Vanier Sports Complex, as a mover and lawnmower.[3]

College career

Jack-Kurdyla spent four seasons on the offensive line at Buffalo. As a freshman, he started eight games for the Bulls. Jack-Kurdyla started every game of his sophomore season and was named Academic All-MAC as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District.[2] As a senior in 2019, he started 11 games at right guard. He helped the offensive line allow a program-low eight sacks and helped set a school record in rushing yards with 3,256.[4] Jack-Kurdyla started 40 games in his college career.[5] At the Buffalo pro day, Jack-Kurdyla did 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and posted a 23-inch vertical leap, eight-foot, three-inch broad jump, 5.35 time in the 40-yard sprint and 4.75 shuttle.[6]

Professional career

Jack-Kurdyla was drafted fourth overall in the 2020 CFL Draft by the Edmonton Eskimos. He became the highest-drafted Buffalo player in the CFL.[4] He did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and was officially signed by the Edmonton Elks on February 17, 2021.[7]

References

  1. ^ Moddejonge, Gerry (April 30, 2020). "Eskimos draft Buffalo O-lineman Tomas Jack-Kurdyla fourth overall". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b DeCicco, Anthony (May 1, 2020). "Former Bulls offensive lineman Tomas Jack-Kurdyla selected fourth overall in 2020 CFL Draft". The Spectrum. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Dunk, Justin (April 15, 2020). "Canadian OL Tomas Jack-Kurdyla learned how to be a pro from NFL star Khalil Mack". 3 Down Nation. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Prusak, Helen (May 2, 2020). "UB's Tomas Jack-Kurdyla selected 4th overall in CFL Draft". WIVB. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Tomas Jack-Kurdyla becomes highest drafted UB player in CFL history". The Buffalo News. May 1, 2020. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Dunk, Justin (March 12, 2020). "Canadian OL Tomas Jack-Kurdyla performs at University of Buffalo pro day". 3 Down Nation. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "EE Football Team Sign Seven from 2020 Draft Class, One More". Edmonton Football Team. February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.