♦ In the Mercury, Rob Massey’s first article of the new football season – Mark Durigon – Guelph’s Prince of Picks – focuses on a hometown player:
Defensive back Mark Durigon of Guelph is hoping for another season of thievery with the Guelph Gryphons.
The prince of picks with the Gryphs, Durigon has 11 interceptions in two seasons of OUA football. Add in the one he got in two games with the Laurier Golden Hawks in 2007 before transferring to Guelph, Durigon has hauled down 12 opposition passes in 16 regular-season games.
An excellent article that talks not just about Durigon but also the entire, veteran defensive backfield. This unit is entering its third season intact and that is rare. The chemistry these vets share could be a factor in the success of the entire defense.
Another highlight … We’ve been talking about how excited we are to get to training camp, Durigon said. You don’t hear that too often because it’s tough, but we just can’t wait to get that exhibition game against Concordia, but even more important, we just can’t wait to get that home opener against Ottawa.
♦ A more recent article focuses on the “Orientation camp” for Gryphon players that preceded the beginning of training camp today: Gryphon football players back to class this weekend
♦ Over at gryphon.ca a couple of announcements:
First, the Gryphons will be televised twice nationally on theScore – Gryphons to play twice on University Rush. This is good news, not as good as last season when we were televised four times, but the TV exposure helps recruiting. I recently heard Niagara recruiter John Casasanta say that the TV exposure of the 2007 playoff run to the Yates Cup provided a big boost to recruiting.
Second, a press release about the opening of training camp emphasizes “Gryphon fans, alumni and supporters from the community are invited to attend practices during training camp” and includes a practice schedule for the entire two weeks – Training Camp Schedule.
♦ I definitely mixed something up with respect to the positions played by Jarryd Baines and Brian Dunjko. I’m not sure but it may have been as simple as reversing their positions. Baines may be the #1 SAM LB and Dunjko the defensive half. I’ll clarify that and have other news from camp in a couple days. If anyone has taken in any practices I’d like to hear your impressions. Post a comment on the blog or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org .