Players of the Game
Special Forces – Kevin Campbell
Defense – Jordan Thompson
Offense – no one
Scout Team Player of the Week – James Ingram
Thoughts: Kevin Campbell made a big hit on GeeGee punt returner Zach Raynor that separated him from the ball. Jordan Duncan recovered the fumble giving Guelph excellent field position. This was a big play that set up our sole touchdown. Campbell had 3 special forces tackles in total. Worth at least an honourable mention was Alex Charette’s work as a returner.
I’m not quite certain why the coaches chose freshman Jordan Thompson on D. I’m not saying he played poorly because he showed a lot of grit for an undersized guy, just that I didn’t see him playing very much until late in the game. He recorded one solo tackle. Perhaps there was a message being sent to the veterans. I would likely have given the honour to one of the leading tacklers – Jake Reinhart (8 solo tackles, 6 assists) or Jordan Duncan (10 solo tackles, 1 assist).
Several receivers had strong games – Dave Honig’s performance stands out in my mind (4 catches for 58 yards) – but I can understand the coaches foregoing the offensive selection on such a disappointing day. Jedd Gardner’s breaking of the Gryphon’s all-time receiving yardage record is worth noting. I hope he adds substantially to that record over the next 7 games.
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From Mike Hogan’s column – IN THE HUDDLE – at oua.ca
… I have to admit when Ottawa Head Coach J-P Asselin told me “we’re very confident we can win it all,” I had some doubts based solely upon the number of great players that had graduated. But after watching them in their opener at Guelph I now see what he means …
Hogan essentially shared my sentiment towards the GeeGees.
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For the Box Score, Scoring Summary and the most complete statistics you will find on the game go to this page on the CIS website.
I should have included this link yesterday. If you haven’t already seen it, here is the Mercury’s game story – No sparkle in Gryphon’s opener.
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Check out this video from the UofG Frosh Week Pep Rally. You will find at least 6 or 8 more videos of varying length and quality on YouTube.