Gryphons in the News – June 9

Newsmakers: Smyth, Maver, Charette, Ingram, Boutilier & FitzGibbon

“Alex the Great leads Spears into new season” – Preseason headline from a St Catharines Standard story.  Alexander Charette didn’t waste any time proving that the headline writers weren’t exaggerating.  In their season opening game Charette pulled in 7 receptions for 119 yards including a 40 yard TD.  Charette also had gains of 22 and 18 yards nullified by penalties.  Both of those catches would have picked up 1st downs in third & long situations. 

Charette has been hitting the weight room hard since the start of Grade 11 and has become noticeably stronger and faster. He has improved on the abilities that became apparent to head coach Dave Howe in a game against Essex in his rookie season in 2009.  (He is now listed at 6’2″ 195lbs)

“He was catching balls in double coverage and he was the youngest player on the team. He had great hands and leaping ability… He is definitely going to be an impact player here and at the next level. Hopefully he will get a shot at being an impact player this year at Guelph.” – Dave Howe

Charette is not the only talented receiver recruit off to a good start in the OVFL. 

Guelph Bears big slotback James Ingram has 7 receptions for 121 yards and a TD through two games.  Ingram picked up first downs on five of those catches.  He has a 40 yard per punt average on 7 kicks. 

London Falcons speedster Jordan Boutilier had 4 receptions for 82 yards and a 53-yd touchdown in his season opener.

Graham Smyth named OFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Graham Smyth of the Chatham-Kent Cougars got his season off on the right foot as he returned a kick-off for a touchdown.  He also had 5 tackles and two pass break-ups in the Cougars season opener.  For a little variety in Game 2 he returned a punt and an interception for TDs.  Smyth who is no stranger to scoring touchdowns is concentrating on playing defense this summer season.  That should have him ready for Gryphons training camp.  Expect to see Smyth playing cornerback on future Gryphon teams.

From the OFC website:

Built for speed, Graham runs a legit 4.4 40 time.
Graham was a great AAA Hockey player, but started to concentrate on football in Grade 10 and has not looked back.  Graham also enjoys track.
Graham was recruited and accepted to the University of Guelph.  Graham will be studying Agriculture and playing football in the fall. Graham’s parents Paul and Lee Ann are very proud of his accomplishments.
6’2  195lbs
Chatham-Kent Secondary School
7 seasons in football (4 years highschool, 3 years of Chatham-Kent Cougars Summer Football)

♦ ‘Ripped’ Maver wows Stamps – Kicker drops 20 pounds, cuts body fat in half

Burke Dales admits he was a little shocked at his first encounter with Rob Maver this year.
The veteran punter hadn’t seen the young kicker for a few months, and the man he saw in person a few days ago, when Maver arrived back in Calgary for his second season hoofing field goals for the Stampeders, didn’t bear much resemblance to the man who left Calgary last November.

Read the full Calgary Herald article.

Football Canada has a feature profile of Nick FitzGibbon on their website.  It includes three videos – a ScoreTV profile & interview, video from Nick’s 2010 CFL Ecamp (I’ve never seen this before) & his Guelph highlights (below).  FitzGibbon will represent Canada at the 2011 IFAF Senior Men’s World Championship in Austria, July 8-16.

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