Week 3 preview – the University of Toronto

Our next opponent has the same 1-1 record we do.   The Varsity Blues lost their opener 38-5 to the Lancers in Windsor.  They then beat York 10-8 this past weekend.

From varsityblues.ca on the York game … “Fifth-year quarterback Andrew Gillis of Toronto was 19-of-39 for 268 yards, while sophomore running back Aaron Milton (Whitby, Ont.) led all players with 114 yards on 19 carries. Fellow second-year receiver and London, Ont., native Alex Pierzchalski was Gillis’s prime target for the day, with nine receptions for a game-high 127 yards in the win.

On defense … “Veteran defensive lineman Adam Fehler (Toronto) led the Blues with 6.5 tackles and fourth-year transfer Dorian Munroe of Miami, Fla., had six tackles on the day.”  The Blues also return the OUA’s leading tackler from 2010 LB Wilkerson DeSouza

You can find previews of UofT at the CIS website and AlwaysOUA.

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I would have to think the Toronto will be ready to play this week.  They certainly have to consider this a must-win game if they want to make the playoffs.  And I’m certain they haven’t forgotten their 15-13 last minute loss in Guelph last season.

The UofT game was our season opener last year.  It was played in late August because the schedule had to be revised to allow for the suspension of Waterloo’s team.  It was a day when the offence struggled to put up points but the defence played the best a Guelph D had played in several years.  The Gryphons outgained UofT 340 yards to 140.  But we almost lost the game because of miscues on special teams – missed FGs and two blocked punts.  It took a Chris Rossetti-led 65 yard drive in the final minute to set up a short game winning field goal by Michael Fortino.  It was a heartbreaking loss for UofT.

The Blues are a more talented and experienced team than we faced last week but they are not among the OUA’s top teams.  The game should allow us to build on the successes of the Waterloo game.  Some of our new starters and young players will add to their experience.  It would be a big upset and a significant setback if we were to lose.  I really hope that this game can be a momentum and confidence builder before the Gryphons face McMaster in the Homecoming game.

Speaking of the Sept. 24 Homecoming game, it may be a very different matchup than was expected.  Shocking news out of Hamilton today – McMaster has suspended indefinitely their allstar QB Kyle Quinlan after he was charged with one count of assault and two counts of assaulting a police officer.  The Hamilton Spectator story can be found here.

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