Players of the Game
Special Forces – Alex Charette
Defense – Bryan Dunjko
Offense – Chris Rossetti
While Carl Trivieri may have had the biggest return of the day, a 73 yd punt return for a TD, but Charette had another all-round great performance. Not only did he return a KO 40 yds but he averaged 18.3 yds on three punt returns. Trivieri also credited Charette with making key blocks on his TD return.
Chris Rossetti had an outstanding game passing and running the ball. Rossetti was also named the Gryphon Men’s Athlete of the Week. Several of the receivers had stats lines that would make them worthy of P-o-G status in most weeks.
Bryan Dunjko had a great bounce-back effort vs the Warriors with 2 INTs and 2 solo tackles. Jake Reinhart looks at home at the Mike LB spot and continues to put up big numbers – 2 solo tackles, 6 assists and a sack.
Scout Team Player of the Week – Fraser Speakman [Speakman is a sophomore LB from Sault Ste Marie St. Basil’s.]
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Working in Kingston this week kept me from attending the QB Luncheon yesterday (but I did send an operative). Unfortunately the season suspension of the program at UW affected more than just their player roster. Their technical capabilities were also diminished resulting in much of the game video being unusable. [Video presentations by the OC & DC, breaking down what did and didn’t work, are one of the highlights of the event.] In addition to Coaches Lang and MacNeill speaking, veteran players Jedd Gardner and Michael Millar spoke briefly and answered questions. There were six or seven coaches and a similar number of players present, as well as a couple of football alumni, several players’ family members and people from the community.
Mike MacDonald and his OL coaches – Zach Pollari and Nick Woehl were among the coaches. Pollari, who came to help out at training camp and has remained a part of the staff, works with the team’s tackles. Woehl is now a graduate assistant coach who works with the scout team. He also plays an important role in the booth on games days as well as breaking down film.
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Dumbest thing I heard at the Waterloo game: A 50-something UW fan lambasting Guelph for “showing no class” by passing on third down with 15 seconds left in the game. Perhaps the best response I heard: “You must be the soccer coach ’cause you don’t know “#@*!” about football.” This lone UW supporter seemed to be completely oblivious to the fact that the Gryphons were well within field goal range when they deliberately took a delay of game penalty on second down to run down the clock. On third down Jazz Lindsey deliberately threw the ball away – it was 5 yards behind the closest receiver and sailed about 10 yards out-of-bounds. Guelph turned the ball over on downs while still in FG range.