Gryphons quick to replace departed DB coach

It was a little bit of a surprise to see that DB coach Mark Forsyth was part of the new Western Mustangs coaching staff announced last month. The veteran Forsyth, who came to Guelph after almost 30 years at McMaster, had coached Gryphon defensive backs since Spring 2017.

Forsyth joins former Gryphon coaches Kevin MacNeill (DL coach, Special Teams Coordinator & Recruiting Coordinator) and Adam Grandy (LB coach) on the Mustangs defensive staff and is reunited with Greg Marshall whom he worked with when Marshall was head coach at Mac.

Losing a top-notch coach like Forsyth late in the process could be problem. But with Donnavan Carter (Special Teams Coordinator) already on the staff I wasn’t too worried. Carter coached Gryphon DBs in 2016.

However, Coach Sheahan and DC McPhee went outside the current staff and hired former CFL defensive back Richard Karikari to replace Forsyth. KariKari was on the UofT staff last year along with Carter and OC Surya.

Karikari was a standout at StFX earning CIS All Canadian honours and a nomination for the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2002. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2003 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes. He was a 2005 CFL All Star. Karikari played in 4 Grey Cups during his 6 year CFL career, 3 appearances with the Alouettes and a GC victory with the Calgary Stampeders in 2008.

Richard Karikari #1 led the Alouettes with 9 interceptions, second in the CFL, in 2005

Richard Karikari is a busy man. He has owned and operated the Pickering Dolphins OPFL franchise since 2014 and he is currently the owner and founding director of Complete Sports Performance (CSP).

I like the fact that Karikari seems to fit the model that Coach Sheahan has used with most his hires – i.e. he combines excellent football knowledge and experience with the potential to be a large contributor to Gryphon recruiting.

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Quick news hits – July 18/2019

♦ Royce Metchie making his 5th straight start for the CFL Stampeders

royce-metchie_stampsI noticed Metchie was the starting Safety for Calgary last week versus the Tiger-Cats. A quick check of the Stamps depth charts shows he has started every game this season including tonight’s game against the Argonauts.

There is one other Gryphon starter in the game and that’s veteran OL Ryan Bomben. I’m not going to try to figure out how many games the 10-year CFL vet has started. I’m sure it is 100+.

♦ Kickers are people too

♦ Annual FOGF Golf Tournament almost sold out

Next Friday 144 Gryphon alumni, coaches and supporters of the program are going to tee off in the annual Friends of Gryphon Football Golf Tournament. I feel pretty confident saying that since there were only 6 spaces left 24 hours ago. It sounds like tournament organizer George Bortolato has done a bang-up job securing sponsors, prizes and giveaways.

♦ Top “recruit” says Yes to Coach Sheahan

A huge congratulations goes out to our Head Coach, Ryan Sheahan, who got engaged last month to Jillian Farrow. Ryan popped the question on Jillian’s dock in Bobcaygeon, her favourite place in the world. She said YES! Congratulations Coach and Jillian! We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

♦ Sheahan hires new S&C Coach

Former U Sport and CFL defensive end Adam Kania is the football program’s new Strength & Conditioning Coach. The Burlington native replaces Shea Pierre. Since his football career ended, Kania has acquired more than a decade of experience in fitness and personal training. He is in charge of the Gryphons off-season training program.

 

UPDATE: I meant to mention that the Gryphons have a record number of players staying in Guelph this summer. That is a real positive. Even more important, among them are returning CFL draft picks Eric Starczala and Job Reinhart. That is a real bonus. They bring not only talent and experience at OL and LB but veteran leadership.

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CFL Riders add Gryphon to practice roster

If you have read the comments on this blog recently, you’ll know I predicted this would happen,

… Gabe is a free agent after being released by the Stamps.
I expect he will get a shot with another team before too long.

Less than 3 weeks later the Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Ferraro to their practice roster.

You can read more in 3DownNation‘s story …

Riders sign USports record holder, Canadian kicker Gabriel Ferraro

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15 Gryphons on CFL rosters to begin the 2019 season

The CFL season is underway. I’m watching Saskatchewan at Hamilton right now.

Congratulations to Lukas Korol on playing in his first CFL game tonight with the Ticats. He moved from the practice roster to the active roster just yesterday.

According to this tweet Guelph now ranks 3rd among all U Sports schools for graduating players to the CFL.

 

By my count there are actually 15 Gryphons on CFL rosters heading into Week 1. They are grouped together on 5 teams.

OTTAWA RedBlacks

OL Andrew Pickett
WR Jacob Scarfone

TORONTO Argonauts

OL Ryan Bomben
LS Jake Reinhart
DL Jeff Finley
WR Alex Charette
OL Eric Starczala *

HAMILTON Tiger-Cats

LB Curtis Newton
LB Lukas Korol
DE Cameron Walker [practice roster]

WINNIPEG Blue Bombers

FB John Rush
RB Johnny Augustine [practice roster]

CALGARY Stampeders

P Rob Maver
DB Royce Metchie
OL Jaylan Guthrie [practice roster]

* Starczala is an interesting case with the Argonauts. He is still listed on their active roster but a June 7 transaction said he had been “suspended” by the team which would clear the way for him to return to Guelph for his final season of eligibility. Another 2019 draft pick, LB/LS Job Reinhart, was similarly “suspended” by the Stampeders. Suspending a rookie allows the player to return to U Sports while the CFL club that drafted him retains his rights.

If Starczala was counted in the total of 14, then it was probably Jeff Finley who was missed. Finley’s name does not appear on the roster when you look at the Argos website. But again, when I checked the transaction wire I found this …

Whether the number is 14 versus 15 is actually irrelevant. Either way Guelph is 3rd among U Sports schools at producing CFL talent.

The two vets in that group are Rob Maver and Ryan Bomben who have been in the league since 2010. The remaining players have made it into the league since 2014.

Looking back, receiver David McKoy played for Saskatchewan in 2007 & 2008. Mike O’Shea retired from the Argonauts in 2008, ending his 16-year career.

As recently as 2009 there were no Gryphons in the CFL.

Moving from zero to 14/15 CFL Gryphons is amazing and says a lot about what Stu Lang has done for Gryphon Football.

New Head Coach Stu Lang is introduced – April 2010

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Gryphons add CFC 1st Team All Canadian to 2019 recruiting class

Before I could even finish my analysis of the 29-member 2019 recruiting class, introduced on May 25, Coach Sheahan and his staff have added one more recruit. And, a very good one at that.

Kaine Stevenson becomes the second CFC Top100 ranked player to join the Gryphons recently. The other one being offensive lineman Matteo Kucinic [6’3″ 290 C/RT] out of Football North/Clarkson Secondary. Interestingly, both had previously committed elsewhere before switching to Guelph.

Stevenson originally signed an LOI with UBC 3 months ago. Kucinic committed and signed with Laurier back in January. Both schools were thrilled to announce those signings.

These additions bring the total of CFC Top100 [or Top60 in the case of CEGEP & JUCO players] to six. DT Joshua Campbell, QB Mason McGriskin, LB Kristian Stewart and LB Scott Murray are the others.

While Kucinic was ranked among the Top 100 prospects for 2019, Stevenson earned that distinction coming out of WF Herman SS in 2017. Stevenson was also named a CFC 1st Team All Canadian in his final season at Herman, as the top FB/H-Back/TE prospect in the country. Stevenson was a 3-time All City player, a 5-time WECSSA champion, a 3-time OFSSA champion, while also being a multi-year honour roll student. Stevenson was a team MVP in basketball and football.

The past two seasons Stevenson has played for the Westshore Rebels in the BCFC of the CJFL. With the Rebels Stevenson caught 46 passes for 634 yards and ran the ball 26 times for 254 yards. He added another 535 yards as a kick returner.

Given the added maturity and experience he possesses two years out of high school, along with the natural talent evident in his highlights, Stevenson looks like a player who can contribute quickly.

I agree with Coach Nill that Stevenson has “big potential as a slot receiver” and also the versatility to move in and out of the backfield. He looks like the kind of weapon that OC Mark Surya won’t have any trouble finding a role for.

Look for more of my thoughts on the entire 2019 recruiting class to be posted soon.

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East-West Bowl Game Day Thread

I’m enough of a U Sports Football junkie that I really look forward to this annual game. I attended my first one at the brand new Ron Joyce Stadium in May 2008. I watched my son play in the 2011 game along with Mike Millar and Saxon Lindsey, and went back to London to watch the 2012 game as well.

Last year, I watched the on-line version of the game from Laval University via Facebook Live. It was a truly professional broadcast with Justin Dunk and Mark Lee handling the commentary and play-by-play. They are back again on this year’s broadcast which will be streamed via usports.live.

The link to the game is in the tweet below, as is the link for the live stats.

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There are 4 Gryphons particpating – OL Coulter Woodmansey, DE Carter Wilson, DB Dotun Aketepe and WR Kian Shaffer-Baker.

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Well, my plan to watch the game seems to be going down the drain with the U Sports broadcast unavailable in English or en francaise.

Viewers in at least four other provinces are all seeing the same message I do.

The Live Stats do work.

Apparently, Guelph’s Kian Shaffer-Baker caught a pass for a 45-yd touchdown on the 2nd play of the game to give the West team a quick 7-0 lead.

Good news! The broadcast is now working on the U Sports site. I’ve heard it’s also on Youtube.com.

My other frustration, the fact I don’t know the jersey numbers of the Gryphon players, continues.

Final Score: West 35 East 17

Recap –

From the CFPerspective story talking about the game’s standout players …

WR Kian Schaffer-Baker – Guelph Gryphons – Team West

While the talk all week about a receiver to watch was centred around Waterloo product Tyler Ternowski, it was Gryphon’s receiver Kian Schaffer-Baker who stole the show.

Schaffer-Baker was his Quaterbacks best friend in Saturday’s action. Schaffer-Baker was the most targeted (6) receiver for team West hauling in 5 receptions for 126 yards.

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Some observations on Spring Camp 2019

3 defenders trying to bring down #28 J-P Cimankinda Photo:Gryphons.ca

Spring camp was a 5-day event – April 21-25 – that culminated with a scrimmage on Friday. By waiting until exams were over Coach Sheahan and his staff had the full attention of their players.

The days were busy ones with meetings, therapy and film sessions just like training camp. The extra time was valuable since August training camps in the OUA have been cut from 17 to 10 days. [A terrible decision from my perspective.]

I made it to Guelph to watch the scrimmage. I made a few mental notes but generally forgot to take pictures. I attempted a few video clips, few of which didn’t begin or end with my feet. Coach Sheahan was respectful enough to respond to a few questions via email. His answers are the quotes in blue text that follow.

“I was very pleased with our efforts and execution during this camp.  This was a culmination of an off-season filled with effort  … overall the team did a great job grasping a lot of the ‘new’ on all sides of the ball.  We saw some veteran leadership and some new faces emerge as contributors to our football team.  I’m excited for the fall.”

I have to agree about the effort and execution. There was a high level of effort while there were no obvious signs that the team was struggling with the new playbook. If anything impacted the execution it was the high winds. I doubt we saw as many “deep shots” being taken down field as we would have under better conditions. It was a tough day to throw the ball consistently.

As far as new players emerging, a couple that caught my attention were Jake Bennett, a  redshirt freshman receiver out of North Vancouver’s Handsworth Secondary, and Justin Lauzon, a 2019 linebacker recruit from Quebec’s St-Jean CEGEP. Lauzon was one of three CEGEP recruits who enrolled in January.

Bennett looks both quick and fast. He’s still a little on the skinny side but he is an exciting runner after he catches the ball. Lauzon is short and stocky. He looks mature physically and made some big plays for the defense.

Lauzon tackle

#3 Justin Lauzon wraps up running back #2 Jamal Hooker       Photo:LaurelJarvis/GryphonAthletics

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“I was impressed the way the Quarterbacks progressed.  We brought a new playbook to Guelph, and it has taken a winter to implement it.  The QB’s got progressively better as the week went on.”

I’m glad Sheahan is happy with the QB play. For me, that is the number one area I hope we see an improvement based on his hiring. He had a reputation for getting the most out of his QBs in Calgary.

My biggest concern right now, with respect to quarterbacks, is that there were only two  playing – Theo Landers and Brayden Lassemba, last year’s starter and backup. I thought both were generally throwing the ball well. Many of the incompletions were related to the wind. Each one had a nice run for good yardage that resulted from some  slick ball fakes.

Neither of last year’s freshmen QBs played. Michael Scarfone [Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year] was on the sideline in street clothes after re-injuring the knee he hurt in high school earlier in the week. As I understand it, the other freshman QB, Andrew Horscroft, missed all of camp with an injury. Horscroft had a shoulder injury prior to his arriving at his rookie training camp. It kept him off the practice field until October. If it is the same problem I hope it doesn’t end his career.

You’d like to have 5 or 6 healthy quarterbacks on the roster. Any less and you’re going to have potential problems. Currently, Guelph has two healthy veterans and two incoming freshmen QBs. Ideally, you’d like to know that one or both of Scarfone and Horscroft will be ready to go in August. If not, IMHO the Gryphons could use another QB, be he a recruit, a transfer or a returning player like 2017 freshman Deandre Rose.

Offensive line has been a place where we’ve had number issues in some previous Spring camps. I think Guelph went to a Spring scrimmage at Laurier with just 6 OLs a couple years ago. That isn’t an issue this year. There were plenty of big bodies available.

The really good news w.r.t the O-Line is that the new head coach thinks …

“I felt that our offensive line looked very impressive.  They demonstrated their ability to move the line of scrimmage and protect the passer.  That being said, I also really enjoyed the aggressive demeanor of our defensive front.  They won their fair share of battles as well.”

O-Line Coach Mike MacDonald agreed, saying … “[The] scrimmage to finish Spring Camp was terrific. Both squads of Oline played their butts off. Big progress during the week. Can’t wait for August!”

This is something I’m really happy about. There is always potential for a big drop when you are losing multiple starters, probably 3, from your offensive line. For the O-Line to impress the new HC is great news. In addition to Coulter Woodmansey and Ben Petrie, there are several returning OLs who have a fair bit of experience. Liam LaPointe started several games in his first year. Spencer Swan saw lots of action. Spencer Masterson dressed all year. One new face who looked like he will contribute early is Matt Famuwera of Champlain-Lennoxville.

Tough Up Front

“As the Head Coach I like the fact that we’ll be tough up front.”

Here are several clips of the action at the line-of-scrimmage. In the first one, the O-Line creates a nice hole for running back J-P Cimankinda to bust a 15+ yard run. The RG [Ben Petrie?] gets up-field and puts a LB on his butt.

 

From what I saw in the scrimmage Cimankinda’s late season emergence was no flash-in-the-pan. He looks like he is ready to pick up where he left off, and take it up a notch. The depth at RB is exciting with Juwan Jeffery and Richard Morris, plus Kwame Osei returning in August.

The next two clips [courtesy of Sofija Jelacic] are pass plays. In each, the D-Line does get push up field but the O-line keeps Theo clean long enough to throw. The D brings a 4-man rush in the first clip, then adds a blitzing LB in the second. DT #59 Jeremy Kapelinski, who almost gets to Theo in one of the clips, was the most disruptive defensive lineman that I saw in the scrimmage.

 

 

More on Spring Camp

Rob Massey’s story on gryphonfootball.com – Spring Camp 2019

“I thought it was super positive,” head coach Ryan Sheahan said following the camp-ending scrimmage. “Rome was definitely not built in a day and the fact that all the players I inherited and the new staff I recruited and the new recruits that were here watching, we’re all starting to come together as a family. It’s been new play books, new people, new faces and new attitude and we were able to go out there and move the football, sack the quarterback and make a few plays on both sides of the ball. I was really pleased. Even in these conditions — I thought I left Calgary’s weather behind, but it followed me here.”

Gryphons.ca – Spring Camp Recap

Gryphon Athletics photo gallery – 82 photos

 

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3 Gryphons selected in CFL Draft

2019 CFL draft

(L-R) Linebacker/Long snapper #54 Job Reinhart, offensive lineman #57 Jaylan Guthrie and offensive lineman #68 Eric Starczala were selected in the 2019 CFL Darft

From Gryphon.ca …

There are already 15 former University of Guelph football players currently listed on CFL rosters. Three more will now have a chance to add their names to that list.

On Thursday night (May 2) a trio of Gryphon football players had their names called as part of the 2019 CFL Draft. Offensive lineman Jaylan Guthrie was the first Gryphon selected, going to the Calgary Stampeders in 4th round (37th overall). In the 7th round, two more Gryphons were taken with offensive lineman Eric Starczala going to the Toronto Argonauts followed by linebacker Job Reinhart heading to Calgary.

“We’re so happy for each of these student-athletes,” says Gryphon head coach Ryan Sheahan. “Having their names called last night is the culmination of four years of intense, hard work, both in the weight room and on the field. It’s also a reflection of the hard work put in from their positional coaches. As a staff, we couldn’t be happier for those guys.”

In total, there were 73 players selected in Thursday night’s CFL Draft, 52 of which were products of the Canadian University football system (U SPORTS).

Read the full article, including player profiles, here.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Record has a story on the Draft that features Eric Starczala – Toronto Argonauts pick Cambridge offensive lineman Eric Starczala

Starczala picked up a football when he was six and has been playing ever since. He rose through the ranks of Cambridge minor football and was part of the pigskin resurgence at Jacob Hespeler that has seen the Hawks win six consecutive high school championships.

He spent the past five years at the University of Guelph where he played for the Gryphons and earned a degree in sociology. He didn’t dress in his first year but worked his way into a starting role for the past three seasons.

“It’s the classic tale of never giving up and developing,” said Gryphons offensive line coach Mike MacDonald. “He did the work. He’s an outstanding player and very coachable. Everybody in the group loves the guy. He’s always trying to help the younger guys. I think he has a great shot of making it.”

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While there is excitement that Starczala, Guthrie and Reinhart will have the opportunity to add their names to the 15, or so, former Gryphons who were on CFL rosters last season, there is also a down side: you have to feel the disappointment that prospects like Zeph Fraser, Kade Belyk and Colin Jerome must be experiencing. All three, and Theo Landers as well, posted draft-worthy numbers at the Ontario Regional Combine.

In fact, the two mock drafts that I saw projected 5 or 6 Gryphons would be drafted.

There is still a chance that one or more will be invited to a training camp as an undrafted free agent. All of these players, both drafted and undrafted, still have eligibility remaining and could potentially return to school. That includes Starczala and Jerome who redshirted in their freshmen seasons at Guelph.

One thing I haven’t seen noted by anyone is that another former Gryphon was selected in the draft. That would be defensive lineman Chris Larsen who was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. Larsen was with Guelph for two seasons, and played as a freshman, before heading out to the BCFC to continue his football career. He played for the Manitoba Bisons in 2018. Larsen was chosen by the Ottawa RedBlacks in the 6th Round, 54th overall.

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Sheahan completes coaching staff

With this announcement last week from the Department of Athletics, we finally have a complete picture of head coach Ryan Sheahan’s new coaching staff.

The key hires were Mark Surya as offensive coordinator and Donnavan Carter as special teams coordinator. Both coaches have served in similar positions with UofT for the past two years. This is Carter’s second stint with the Gryphons, having served as DBs coach and recruiting coordinator in 2016.

Previously, it was known that Sheahan had retained coaches Mike MacDonald [O-Line], Brian Cluff [D-Line], Joe Sardo [LBs] and Mark Forsyth [DBs]. Dennis McPhee was announced as the team’s Defensive Coordinator back in February.

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Mark Surya at U of T

I’ve never met Surya and only know of him by reputation. Not so for Ryan Sheahan who was Surya’s position coach at Queen’s from 2007 to 2009. According to Sheahan, Surya has an intimate understanding of what he wants to do on offense. That may explain why Sheahan hired him as OC after originally saying he would be his own OC.

From the announcement …

At just 30-years-old, Mark Surya has already established himself as one of the top offensive minds in the conference after having previously held offensive coordinator positions at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as U of T. During his final season as offensive coordinator with the Golden Hawks in 2016, Surya handled play-calling duties for a Laurier offence that led the country in rushing yards per game (281.4), while also ranking second in points per game (42.6) and total touchdowns (43). That season, Surya was part of a Laurier team that claimed the 109th Yates Cup with a come-from-behind 43-40 win over the Western Mustangs.

I like the fact that Surya utilized a high-powered running game at Laurier while he also  understands Sheahan’s pro-style passing concepts. I’m hopeful this means he’ll be able to  utilize effectively the young talent Guelph has at the running back position, particularly until the pieces are in place for a pro-style passing offense.

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Donnovan Carter in 2018 as U of T’s defensive coordinator

I’m happy to see Coach Carter back in Guelph. I think he will bring a lot to the program as a recruiter and on special teams. He has a lot to live up to given the sustained success of Bill Brown’s Special teams units from 2010 to 2017.

“It’s awesome to be back in Guelph,” says Carter, a 43-year-old Brampton native who has been coaching in the OUA since 2008, holding defensive coordinator positions with both the Windsor Lancers as well as the Toronto Varsity Blues. “The Gryphons have done an outstanding job on special teams in recent years and I’m hoping to add to that and take it to the next level.

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There are four other new faces on the coaching staff.

Devan Sheahan, Ryan’s younger brother and former Queen’s receiver, will coach the team’s receivers. After a strong 5-year career as a receiver with the Golden Gaels, Devan coached the Queen’s receivers for the past 8 years.

Devan Sheahan

♦ Former Western QB Stevenson Bone will be the new operations manager and work with the quarterbacks. Bone spent last season working in the CFL’s Operations department.

Stevenson Bone

♦ Coming to Guelph from Calgary is Bryce Harper. He will coach the running backs and serve as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Harper played running back for Sheahan in his Dinos offense in 2015 and 2016.

Bryce_Harper

♦ Former Mac Marauder Tom Sterling will assist Mike MacDonald with the offensive line. Sterling is a Burlington Stampeder product. I’m assuming that he was coached by MacDonald back in his Varsity days.

Tom Sterling

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The 2019 Gryphon Football Coaching Staff

Head Coach:  Ryan Sheahan
Defensive Coordinator:  Dennis McPhee
Offensive Coordinator:  Mark Surya
Special Teams Coordinator:  Donnavan Carter
Offensive Line:  Mike MacDonald
Defensive Line:  Brian Cluff
Linebackers: Joe Sardo
Defensive Backs:  Mark Forsyth
Quarterbacks/Football Operations:  Stevenson Bone
Running Backs/Assistant Strength Coach:  Bryce Harper
Assistant Offensive Line: Tom Sterling
Receivers: Devan Sheahan
Offensive Assistant: Rob Kitching
Kicking Coach: Daniel Ferraro
Player Personnel: John Casasanta
Player Personnel: Stephen O’Brien
Academic Coordinator: Lindsay Williams
Equipment Manager: Frank Tersigni

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Corfield chasing his CFL dreams

Corfield '18

Thanks to Bernie Puchalski of bpsportsniagara.ca for an excellent article on Greg Corfield today – Corfield chasing his football dreams

Niagara Falls native Greg Corfield (99) has been invited to Thursday’s Canadian Football League Ontario Regional Combine in Toronto.

In his first two years playing football at the University of Guelph, Greg Corfield vividly recalls his older teammates getting invited to the Canadian Football League Draft Combine.

“I always thought that was something I wanted to do and I looked up to those guys,” the 21-year-old Niagara Falls native said. “I think that made me work hard enough to get the invite.”

In early January, the Saint Paul alumnus received an invitation to attend this Thursday’s Ontario Regional Combine March 21 in Toronto.

“It was a bit of a surprise but it was a nice way to know that I put in enough work and effort this year,” the 6-4, 320-pound defensive lineman said. “I was so ecstatic about it because there is no heads up that they are sending out the email.

“One day you get it and it’s a dream of a lot of kids to play professionally. This is a big step towards that.”

The former Niagara Spears travel player put in a lot of time and effort to make that first big step a reality.

Greg Corfield (99)

“It was a lot of working out, a lot of weight room stuff and a lot of on-field conditioning, training and sprinting; just everything you can think of that would remotely contribute to becoming a better athlete, we would do it.”

All that translated to a definite style of play on the football field.

“It’s hard-nosed, nitty gritty and basically a street fight on every single play,” he said.

And the action is down in the trenches where there is little fanfare for a job done well.

“There’s not a ton of recognition, but when you make an incredible play, there will be guys beside you telling you that you have done well.”

Corfield feels he has taken big strides in his abilities over the past few seasons.

“Everything is coming into place and I am polishing up everything that I have been learning up until this point and everything is starting to click in my head,” he said. “When the coaches tell me little adjustments, I am start to get those down and be as flawless as I can.”

In layman’s sports terms, the game of football is slowing down for him.

“When you come in for your first few years, the game is so much faster and then everything just sort of slows down and you have more time to think about what you are going to do.”

Read the full story here.

 

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