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Coach October


October is a former NCAA and professional (NFL/CFL) player who has coached/played on both sides of the ball. He currently is the Pass Game Coordinator/Wide Receiver Coach with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Previously the wide receiver coach and play-caller for part of the season for the Ottawa Redblacks in 2019. Saw Dominique Rhymes and R.J. Harris reach career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. In 2018 developed a group which had three players with 1,000+ yards and each were selected as Eastern Conference and CFL All Stars. Tutored Brad Sinopoli who broke the Canadian Football League and RedBlacks regular season all time reception record with 116 receptions. Sinopoli also received the 2018 Most Outstanding Canadian award in CFL while leading the league in yards after catch (486). Ottawa were the Eastern Conference Champions and 106th Grey Cup participants.
Prior to Ottawa October consistently developed one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s and nation’s most productive receiving corps during his four campaigns with The College of William and Mary (2014-2017). Evidence of his unit’s productivity can be found in multiple All-Conference/Americans selections and a pair of NFL mini camp invites. Highlighted by Tre McBride, drafted in 2015 by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Also selected as the 2014 Touchdown of Richmond Top FBS/FCS Wide Receiver of the Year in Virginia. Devonte Dedmon who was selected as the 2015 Touchdown of Richmond Top FBS/FCS Special Teams of the Year in Virginia and 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Year. William and Mary won the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship.
October joined the Tribe staff after a seven-year stint (2007-2013) at Virginia Military Institute where he coached wide receivers for five seasons and cornerbacks for two years. He also worked with the return specialists. During that time, he helped produce the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time kick return yardage leaders in the Big South Conference’s history. Also Montreal Alouettes (CFL) signee Tim Maypray.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Richmond, October was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 (CAA) selection as a defensive back and earned All-America honors as a senior. Additionally, finished his career ranked No. 1 on the conference’s and school’s all-time punt return yardage list.
After graduation, October played professionally with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League for two seasons where he led the league in punt returns (1999-2000). After a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 2001, he returned to the CFL to play with the Edmonton Eskimos where he helped the organization win the 2003 Grey Cup. Additionally, he finished his career ranked fifth all-time in punt return yardage in CFL history.