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Lambros Selected 10th Overall in CFL Draft

May 6, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Matt Lambros was selected 10th overall in the CFL draft.

Matt Lambros was selected 10th overall in the CFL draft.

Matt Lambros became the second Liberty Flames player selected in a professional football draft this spring, as the wide receiver was selected by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), in the second round (10th pick overall) of the annual CFL player draft. Liberty running back Rashad Jennings is the only other Flame from Liberty's 2008 Big South Championship squad to be drafted by a professional football squad, after the Jacksonville Jaguars took the running back in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Lambros becomes only the third player in program history to hear his name called at the CFL Draft and the first since 1993 when the Argonauts selected running back George Nimako in the fourth round. Tight end Steve Kearns was the first Liberty football player to play professionally after the British Columbia Lions selected him in the fourth round of the 1980 draft. Lambros will become the eighth overall Flame to don the jersey of a CFL franchise after their days on Liberty Mountain, and the first since Biff Parson signed a free agent contract in 2002 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

A Canadian citizen, Lambros hails from Calgary, Alberta, prepping at Sir Winston Churchill High School. The four-year letterwinner helped Liberty win back-to-back Big South Championships in 2007 and 2008. Over the duration of his career, Lambros appeared in 34 games, catching three passes for 26 yards.

While playing a vital part of the Flames' special teams squad, Lambros recorded two tackles, while also helping Liberty become one of the most potent special teams units in the nation on punt and kick returns. In 2006, Liberty ranked third nationally in kickoff return yardage and was the only team in the nation to return three kickoffs for touchdowns. Again in 2007, Liberty pulled high marks in the return game, ranking No. 8 in punt return yardage and No. 10 nationally in return yardage.

Lambros will receive his degree in marketing from Liberty this Saturday.