Empire Focal Point – Colquhoun & Woodman

Arjen Colquhoun

#17 National Defensive Back

6’0″, 188 lbs, 25 years old

Windsor, ON

The Edmonton Eskimos selected Arjen Colquhoun in the 2016 CFL Draft however, Colquhoun was not signed with the Eskimos until May 2017.

Colquhoun attended Michigan State University from 2011 - 2015. As a Spartan, this four-year letterwinner recorded 62 tackles, 15 passes defended with three interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and one sack in 40 career games. Prior to entering into university, Colquhoun was ranked among the nation’s top safeties by Rivals.com (No. 42), Scout.com (No. 61) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 62).

I strongly recommended this article written by Matt Bontorin in 2015, examining Colquhoun’s Canadian roots in football. One quote really stood out to me and I must admit, I believe he is correct: “Hockey is our main sport in Canada, but I feel like right now, football is the fastest-growing sport,” said Colquhoun. “If you look at the direction it’s going in, you see a lot of potential. Kids are becoming more aware and want to play football instead of hockey.”



In 2016, Colquhoun was selected by Edmonton in the second round (16th overall) of the CFL Draft but spent his 2016 season with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

In 9 games (with 9 starts) in 2017, Colquhoun finished with 26 defensive tackles and recorded his first-CFL interception in Week Six against the BC Lions. In the West Semi-Final, Colquhoun recorded 8 tackles.

2018 saw Colquhoun almost immediately on the 6-game injured list, much to our chagrin. He made his season debut in Week 8 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.


Josh Woodman

#7 National Defensive Back

6’1″, 190 lbs, 26 years old

Chatham, ON

The Edmonton Eskimos selected Defensive Back Josh Woodman in the 5th round (44th overall) in the 2016 CFL Draft.

In college, Woodman attended Western University where he obtained his Degree in Social Sciences, majoring in History, and played four seasons with the Western Mustangs (2012-16). Woodman recorded 66 tackles, 9 interceptions, 8 pass break ups and 1 forced fumble in 26 games. He led the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) in interceptions and was a CIS Second-Team All-Canadian in the 2014 season; he also had 5 receptions for 93 yards in all.

Woodman joined the Eskimos in 2016 were he was added to the practice roster; however, Woodman was active for three games and recorded one special teams tackle.

During the 2017 season, Woodman recorded 13 tackles and one interception in 12 games. Woodman appeared in the West Semi-Final (vs. Winnipeg) and in the West Final (vs. Calgary), in which he recorded one tackle.

So far in the 2018 season, Woodman has appeared in seven games, with 4 defensive tackles, 7 special teams tackle and 1 forced fumble.

After reading his choice of major in university, it should come as no immediate shock that Josh is a massive History buff. When football isn’t at the forefront, museums, historical landmarks, sites and monuments are a few things that peak this DB’s interest. To spend a day walking amongst the past, to see and to live in the consequences of our ancestors, is any historian’s dream.

Prior to falling in love with football, Josh had aspirations of fleeing our quiet country to join another league of legends: actors. Yes, Hollywood was the goal and acting was the dream. When asked, if given the limitless option, what movie(s) he would have desired to be a part of, above all others, Josh answered The Lord of the Rings trilogy (a flawless choice, in my humble opinion). One can only wonder if he would have donned set of elf ears, rode with the Riders of Rohan or would have become the rugged hero Ranger. Well, Hollywood’s loss is our gain as Josh found football… and dare I say, he made a good choice.


If you are not coming to Westivus in the Park Thursday Night, even though I question your life choices, I urge you to keep your eyes peeled for these two explosive DBs as the crack down on the Lions’ receiving core. Let’s cheer on our Eskimos as they aim to improve their record to 6-2! Game time is 8 PM MT / 7 PM Pacific.








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