Nathaniel McKenzie

Nathaniel McKenzie making a tackle
Photo by George Beshiri/Brampton Guardian

On a strong team deep in talent, Nathaniel McKenzie played a big role on both sides of the ball.  He was a key part of Brampton Notre Dame’s perfect regular season and Peel Tier 1 championship.  The Knights’ dream season came to an end in the Golden Horseshoe Bowl semi-final against Niagara Falls’ St Paul.  The 6′, 205-pound running back/linebacker will join Notre Dame teammate Elias Mensah at training camp in Guelph.  They will become Gryphon teammates with 5 members of that St Paul team they last faced.

I never watched him in person but based on his highlights I like McKenzie’s athleticism. He is fast and physical.  As a tackler he looks like what we used to call a Klingon.   That was a tackler who, once he got his hands on you, never let go.  And while he’s not a fictional Star Trek warrior, McKenzie is a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.  I would expect a high level of toughness and discipline from such a young man.  On defense he has played primarily as an outside LB.  As a running back he lined up in both the fullback and tailback spots.  McKenzie also makes a lot of big plays on specials, both blocks and tackles.  I am told he is being looked at primarily as a linebacker.

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