Wildman Dinner & Awards Banquet

With a bigger crowd in a new venue the Wildman Dinner had a different feel to it this year.  The ballroom at the Delta Hotel was a very upbeat place compared to the uncertainty that emanated at the 2010 event.  It seemed to me there was a greater turnout of players and their families, coaches and volunteers, plus numerous staff from the Athletic Department.  On the other hand not as many of the football program’s alumni were in attendance.  But that may have been deliberate as this year Guelph Gryphon Football will present the first Annual “Coach’s Gala” on June 11, a major new social and fundraising event for the program.

Each year since 1932 the Ted Wildman Trophy has been presented to a senior or graduating player who has “exemplified to the highest degree the traits of sportmanship, leadership, gentlemanly conduct and who has maintained good scholarship”.  The 2010 season winner is Matt Rossetti (above photo, on right).  Nick FitzGibbon (above on left) was named the 2010 team’s Most Valuable Player.

A new trophy was presented for the first time – the Kyle Walters Trophy.  It bears the latin inscription: amat victoria curam, which means “victory likes careful preparation”.  It will be awarded annually to the player who demonstrates the highest level of preparation by i) watching film, ii) training in the high Performance Centre and iii) working at practice.  The first recipient is Bryan Dunjko.

Major Award Winners:

Captains’ Award:               Jordan Cobourne
Scout Team Players of the Year:   Jamie Cook (offense) & Bryan Crosby (defense)
Special Teams Award:      Jake Reinhart
Rookie of the Year:            Kalven Seilis
Lineman of the Year:         Andrew Crosby
Defensive Player of the Year:   Adam Dunk
Kyle Walters Trophy:         Bryan Dunjko
Team MVP:                          Nick FitzGibbon
Ted Wildman Trophy:        Matthew Rossetti

The teams fourth year and graduating players, OUA and CIS All Stars were also recognized during the evening.

2010 Wildman Trophy Winner Matt Rossetti’s highlights video can be found on youtube.

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