Former Nevada wide receiver Brendan O’Leary Orange, a native of Toronto, Canada, is returning to his home country to play professional football.
O’Leary Orange was selected in the fourth round (37th overall) by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in Thursday’s draft. The Blue Bombers are coming off their 11th Grey Cup championship after an 11-7 (.611) season.
The 6-foot-4 wideout registered 61 career receptions for 941 yards with eight touchdowns in his four years with Nevada (2016-19). As a sophomore in 2017, he put together his best season. O’Leary Orange hauled in 39 receptions for 618 yards with four touchdown catches — all career highs.
His best game at Nevada came against San Diego State in 2017. O’Leary Orange totaled 11 catches for 214 yards and three touchdowns. His 214 receiving yards were the 18th-most in a single game in program history — the most since Trevor Insley (the best receiver in program history and one of the best in NCAA history) totaled 212 in a 72-10 loss versus Oregon in 1999.
The Wolf Pack has seen multiple alums go on to great success in the CFL, such as former quarterback Chris Vargas. O’Leary-Orange joins Cody Fajardo (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Don Jackson (Hamilton Tiger-Cats) and Lenny Jones (Calgary Stampeders) as former Pack players who currently play in the CFL.