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Yvenson Bernard
No. 26     Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: October 24, 1984 (1984-10-24) (age 25)
Place of birth: Boynton Beach, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon State
Undrafted in 2008
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
CFL status: Import
Career highlights and awards

Yvenson Bernard [EVAN-son] (born October 25, 1984 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is a professional American and Canadian football running back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Oregon State.

Bernard has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Early years

Bernard was a four-year starter and played running back, fullback and strong safety at Boca Raton High School in Boca Raton, Florida. He led Florida’s 5A football league in scoring his senior season with 19 touchdowns, rushing for 1,156 yards on 159 carries (7.4 average). Bernard also played baseball and was selected in the 30th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

College career

Bernard played at running back for OSU from 2004-2007.

In 2005, Bernard took the position of starting running back for the OSU. He ended the season with 1321 yards rushing on 299 attempts (averaging 4.4 yards/carry), and finishing with 13 touchdowns. Continuing 2006, Bernard rushed for 1309 yards on 296 attempts (averaging 4.4) with 12 touchdowns. In the Sun Bowl, he ran for the game-clinching 2-point conversion en route to an Oregon State 39-38 victory of the University of Missouri.

As a senior, Bernard was named as co-captain for the 2007 season. Despite having arthroscopic knee surgery on November 20 (and missing the Beaver’s Civil War match against the University of Oregon), Yvenson was able to play in the Emerald Bowl against the Maryland Terrapins. On 38 carries Bernard rushed for 177 yards, and was awarded the 2007 Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP. For the season, he ended with 1214 yards rushing on 275 carries.

Bernard ended with 3,862 career rushing yards, becoming the Beaver’s second all-time leading rusher behind Ken Simonton with 5,044 yards. Bernard also moved to No. 6 in the Pac-10’s all-time rushing list.

Professional career

Bernard ended up becoming a undrafed free agent after college and was signed a few weeks later by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams later released him before seasons end. He was then signed by the Seattle Seahawks, who also cut him, leading him to sign with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was released on July 16, 2009 but re-signed the next day to the practice roster.

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