If you believe the cliche “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” you’ll have to agree new Gryphon recruit Rob Carnegie is one tough player. In five playoff games for the Frontenac Falcons, this 5’9″ 180-pound running back went over 100 yards all five times. In those playoff games Carnegie totalled 700 rushing yards and 9 TDs as Kingston Frontenac marched to an OFSAA Bowl victory. And he did it all without an ACL in his left knee. In fact, he played the entire 2011 season with a large brace on that left knee (see photo). He was the MVP of the KASSAA 2011 Senior Championship game and the KASSAA 2008 Junior Championship game.
As impressive as Carnegie’s success was as a RB, he is coming to Guelph as a defensive back prospect. It’s not a completely new position to him. Carnegie won a Canada Cup U-17 gold medal in 2009 with Team Ontario East playing as a defensive back. In 2010 Carnegie was on the Team O East U-18 squad as a RB and played extensively on special teams.
During his career at Frontenac Carnegie also was a team MVP in track and rugby. He played in the 2011 OFSSA Rugby Championships and qualified for the EOSSAA Track & Field Championships three consecutive years in the 100 & 200 metre races. Carnegie will join Frontenac teammate and DT recruit Kevin Thompson in Guelph.
Update: Carnegie had successful surgery on his knee in December and is almost fully recovered already.