May 11, 2011
WACO, Texas - Baylor senior-to-be center Philip Blake was selected 23rd overall in Sunday's 2011 Canadian Football League (CFL) Canadian Draft by the Montreal Alouettes.
The Toronto, Ontario, native is the second Canadian-born Baylor player to be selected in the CFL Draft; in 2010, future NFL first-round draft pick Danny Watkins was taken No. 4 overall by the British Columbia Lions. He was one of 12 NCAA Division I (FBS or FCS) players selected in the CFL Draft.
Blake was projected as the No.1 prospect for the 2011 CFL Canadian Draft by the CFL's Scouting Bureau in December. An honorable mention All-Big 12 center in 2010, he has started all 25 games in his Baylor career - the longest streak on the team. He moved to center during 2010 spring drills, replacing current Denver Broncos center J.D. Walton, after starting all 12 games at right tackle in 2009.
He anchored Baylor's offensive line that ranked third in the Big 12 and 24th nationally in rushing (194.6 yards-per-game) and fourth in the conference in sacks against (1.54 per game) in 2010. He totaled 82 knockdowns on the season and received a coach's grade of 81 percent or higher in 11 of 13 games.
An All-Big 12 candidate, Blake played his freshman season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 2008, earning second-team All-SWJCFC honors on the offensive line.