Civic holiday update

One Gryphon veteran who won’t be back for the 2012 campaign is former QB Chris Rossetti.  In 2011, Rossetti worked as a summer intern for the Toronto Argonauts as a Communications Assistant. Argonaut GM Jim Barker was sufficiently impressed with Rossetti to bring him back this summer and give him more football related responsibilities. Chris has turned that opportunity into a position as a Scouting Assistant.

That doesn’t come as a big shock to me. If you know Chris, you will know he is a smart young man and has a good football mind. In a message to him I suggested he may be the next Thomas Dimitroff Jr.  A former Gryphon player, Dimitroff began his ascent to NFL General Manager as a part-time CFL scout.  His response, that would be the dream – he is a fantastic role model.  I wish him the best of luck as he becomes yet another Gryphon working in professional football.

Speaking of scouting, take a look at the photo below and see if you recognize someone else.

St Louis Rams Scouting Department
August 2012

Yes, that is Gryphon wide receiver Dillon Dimitroff in the front row (left). Dimitroff has been working for the NFL’s St Louis Rams this summer. It is not his first taste of working with an NFL team. Previously Dimitroff worked for his uncle’s Atlanta Falcons during their 2010 and 2011 training camps. Dimitroff, who played in the 2012 CIS East-West game, will be back in Guelph and catching passes for the Gryphon’s this fall.

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In yesterday’s post I alluded to what has been rumoured for a few weeks – Mark Durigon, a 3-yr starter at corner will return for his final year. This is good news as the Gryphons were projected to lose four starters and their top two backups from last season’s defensive backfield. There will still be lots of new faces in the secondary but having two vets like Durigon and Bryan Dunjko will make the transition easier. Durigon (2), Dunjko (4) and rising sophomore Iain Hutchison (2) accounted for 8 of the team’s 11 interceptions in 2011.

One person who isn’t worried about having enough talent in the defensive backfield is new DB Coach Gregg Butler.  Butler, a ten year CFL coach, who joined the staff back in the winter and worked with the DBs in the spring, believes he has the players for Guelph to have a very good defensive backfield.  He told me that in London after the East-West Bowl where he coached some of the CIS’s best DBs.  Essentially, to paraphrase him, the talent is there. It is up to him to get them ready to play in the OUA.  His job just got a little bit easier.

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A month ago I mentioned that … “a new, larger and more modern scoreboard [will be] installed at Alumni Stadium. It will be better suited to CFL games than any other scoreboard in the OUA.” 

Recently the Guelph Tribune provided some additional details:

Not only is Alumni Stadium at the University of Guelph getting new artificial turf and an eight-lane International Athletic Federation-certified track, it is also getting a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard.

The scoreboard, designed by Nevco, an Illinois-based company specializing in high-quality display and scoring products, is being donated by an anonymous donor who worked with Nevco on the proposal, said a news release.

The main component of the custom-designed display and scoring system is the 17-foot tall by 28-foot wide full-colour LED video display. The scoreboard will also include Nevco’s exclusive Intelligent Caption™ technology, which automatically displays sport-specific captions for football, track, soccer, lacrosse or field hockey.

The scoreboard will be installed and operational in time for the Guelph Gryphons’ football team’s first home game in September.

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