Wow! That is impressive. Measuring 40′ x 32.2′ and with a video screen that is approximately 28′ x 17′, this scoreboard will add to the gameday experience in a big way. While a new turf field or a new scoreboard doesn’t directly win you any games, it is interesting that the two OUA teams with video scoreboards and new fields – McMaster & UofT – have both improved noticeably since they received those upgrades. It is one of the truisms of college football – better facilities bring you better athletes. And better athletes win you more games.
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Gryphon fans will be happy to hear that Zach Androschuk has been accepted to medical school. That is no surprise as Androschuk has always been an outstanding scholar and as well as an athlete. If there is a surprise, it is that he has deferred the offer in order to play a fifth year of football and finish a neuroscience minor in the fall. Androschuk has been a stalwart on special teams the past three years. He has captained the unit and been named special teams Player of the Week several times. He will also provide some experience in a young secondary. He has filled in admirably on many occasions, at several different DB positions and started a few games. I get the sense that players like Zach and Mark Durigon feel that something special is happening with this team and want to be a part of it.
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The good news on the other side of the ball is that 2010 recruit Keith Walker is finally 100% and … ready to play football. Walker was an outstanding running back and a track star at Burlington Assumption. Walker’s only game action as a Gryphon came in the 2010 exhibition game against Concordia in Montreal. If I recall correctly he had an impressive performance with two catches including a touchdown grab. A shoulder injury that limited him in high school also kept him out of the Gryphon line-up and forced him to have surgery last year. Walker will play receiver and I see him as exactly the type of speedster who can excel at one of the slot positions – X or Y. Of Todd Galloway’s offense Walker said, “I love how its all about speed and quickness”.