The Vols had five alumni in the CFL ranks this season.
Three CFL Vols played for the two teams that made it to the Grey Cup this season, Demonte' Bolden and Demetrice Morley of Calgary and Gerald Riggs, Jr. of Toronto.
Demonte' Bolden - DL
Demetrice Morley - LB
Hamilton Tiger Cats
Jeremaine Copeland - Asst. Coach Wide Receivers
Gerald Riggs, Jr. - RB
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Jonathan Hefney - DB
Here's a look at their seasons.
The Calgary Stampeders (12-6) made it to the Grey Cup falling 35-22 to Toronto in the championship game. However, neither CFL Vol recorded a stat during the game. Bolden, did not play in the final, his final game on the field for Calgary this sesaon was against Edmonton on Nov. 2.
Bolden appeared in 11 games for the Stampeders this season making 16 tackles and two sacks while forcing a fumble. In three seasons in the CFL, the first two with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bolden has made 76 career tackles, five sacks and forced three fumbles.
Morely only played two games for the Stampeders in 2012 but made 10 tackles and a sack during that time. His last appearance for the Stampeders was on July 7. He has been listed on the 9-game Injured List since the middle of the season. In his two year CFL career, both with Calgary, Morely has racked up 50 tackles and five sacks.
Jeremaine Copeland, who enjoyed an 11-year CFL career, was in his first year as a coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tiger-Cats failed to make the playoffs after finishing with a record of 6-12, tied with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the worst in the CFL in 2012.
However, Chris Williams, led the team and was third in the league in receiving yards in the 2012 season making 83 catches for 1,298 yards and tallying 11 touchdowns, second in the league. He also registered a 93 yard catch, the second longest in the CFL in 2012. Joining Williams in the top-10 receiving category was Andy Fantuz who finished with 72 catches for 971 yards and eight touchdowns.
Gerald Riggs, Jr. who's Tennessee career came to a close prematurely after suffering a lower leg and ankle injury during the fourth quarter of the Vols' 6-3 loss to Alabama in 2005, signed with the Toronto Argonauts in August.
Riggs, began his professional career signing as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2006 before being cut on Sept. 5. In 2007, he signed with the Chicago Bears on Feb. 9 and was assigned to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe during the offseason before being released on May 23. He did not play football in 2008, and attended Detroit Lions mini camps in 2009 but was not signed. He did not play football again in 2010 and was part of the Argonauts training camp in 2011 but was released as a final cut.
On August 13, 2012, Riggs' professional dreams came true as he signed with the Argonauts. And played his first snaps a month later on Sept. 15, 2012. Seven years after scoring his last TD for the Vols, Riggs netted his first professional touchdown on Oct. 8 against Saskatchewan on a
Riggs played in four games in 2012 for the Argonauts rushing the ball 35 times for 220 yards and a touchdown. He also registered 14 receptions for 148 yards and a TD, the lone TD of the game for the Argonauts on Canada's Thanksgiving, on a five yard catch.
Jonathan Hefney, a four year pro of the CFL entered his fourth season with Winnipeg. The Blue Bombers finished with a 6-12 record in 2012. Hefney, a defensive back, finished the season with 74 tackles, three on special teams, a sack, an interception, and four fumbles.
Hefney played the entire season for the Blue Bombers not missing a game. He had a season-high eight tackles his final time out against Montreal.
Hefney is currently in free agency. Canada.com: Bombers look to lock up free agents now that season over and 2013 in sights