VAUGHT: Bwenge preparing for CFL career

Alexis Bwenge didn't have as much success during his football career at the University of Kentucky as he expected, but never once did I hear the running back from Canada complain about a lack of playing time, carries or anything else.

That's why it's impossible not to wish him well as he prepares to start his professional career in the Canadian Football League with the B.C. Lions.

Bwenge, 24, was an academic All-American at UK and earned a master's degree in public administration and an undergraduate degree in political science. I'm not sure which one helped him more when he negotiated his own contract — something a first-round draft pick in the National Football League would ever do.

Bwenge, who was drafted by the Lions when he still had a year of eligibility left at UK, could have tried to make the NFL as a free agent. Instead, he wisely chose to go to the CFL where he'll have a much better opportunity for a long career. And as former UK receiver Craig Yeast has learned, the CFL offers a good life as well as good football.

The 6-1, 215-pound Bwenge has power and rushed for 835 yards on 207 carries at UK while scoring eight touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 259 yards and four more scores to show his versatility that will pay off in the CFL. And don't forget that he became a very good blocker for Rafael Little last year as well as a dependable special teams player for the Wildcats.

Maybe I'll be wrong, but I just think he's going to be a very productive player from the start in the CFL. He's too smart and athletic not to be successful.

After all, he once told me that he hopes to eventually be involved with the Olympics, possibly as early as the 2010 Winter Olympics depending on his professional football success. However, I just think he might have to delay those aspirations a few years because in 2010, I think he'll likely still be playing in the CFL.

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