I predicted last summer that Guelph would land some elite prospects from outside Ontario. I was just starting to wonder if that would happen when Mikey Carney, a high profile national recruit out of Burnaby BC, announced his commitment to the Gryphons. Carney is a three sport star at St Thomas More Collegiate who also quarterbacked Team BC in last summer’s Football Canada Cup. This outstanding 5’10” 170lb athlete has a long, long list of accolades:
- Subway Academic Player of the Year for BC ($2000 Scholarship)
- BC ‘AAA’ Provincial All Star Quarterback
- ‘AAA’ Conference Offensive Player of the Year
- 2011 Football Canada Cup Bronze Medalist, Team BC QB & Off. Player of the Game (Bronze Medal victory over Team Ontario West)
- 2010 BC ‘AAA’ Grade 11 Player of the Year
From Burnaby Now:
Two big plays by Mikey Carney was all B.C. needed to win the bronze medal at Football Canada’s under-18 Canada Cup in Lethbridge, Alta.
Carney, the Grade 11 provincial high school player of the year, was named B.C.’s offensive player of the game in the team’s 14-1 victory over Ontario West in the consolation bronze medal matchup on July 15.
Carney led his St Thomas More team to an 8-1 record. The Knights were the #1 ranked team in BC throughout the season until an upset in the ‘AAA” semi-final. [‘AAA’ is BC’s highest level of high school football.] He is a dual threat quarterback who would seem ideally suited for OC Galloway’s offense. In 2011 Carney passed for 1431 yards and 11 TDs with only 3 INTs. He also rushed for 443 yards and 5 TDs. An all-round athlete Carney also played defensive back for the Knights. Watching his 2011 highlights is the best way to appreciate his abilities.
In addition to his football exploits Carney won a gold medal at the 2011 BC Secondary School track and field championships in the 4×100 metre relay. And Carney excels as a point guard for a highly ranked STM basketball team. For example, at last month’s BC Catholic Boy’s tournament Carney was named the tourney’s top defensive player and a 2nd team all star. Earlier in January he led STM to a tournament title where the Vancouver Courier tells us, “senior guard Mikey Carney also made the all-tournament first team.”
Carney isn’t the only blue chip athlete in the family. His brother Sam Carino was a 5 year starter for the UBC Thunderbirds. He was a CIS 2nd team All Canadian and a 3-time Canada West All Star