In case you missed it … Guelph grads in football news

There are lots of things I hear or see, from time to time, that I think … “I should share that on the blog” but time and memory constraints often work against it. Here are a few of those things.

Stamps punter Rob Maver

Stamps punter Rob Maver

Two weeks back Rob Maver was named the Gibson’s Finest Special Teams Player of the Week. From cfl.ca:

Calgary Stampeders punter Rob Maver was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 16. Maver had five punts in the game for a total of 245 yards (49.0 average/punt) including a 57-yard kick in Calgary’s win 40-26 win over BC.

Maver, a Brampton, ON native and Guelph product is currently third in the CFL in punting average with 45.1 yards per punt this season.

Maver also won the coveted honour of a being awarded a “Game Ball” by TSN commentator Matt Dunigan who said … “Rob Maver had an unbelievable game with exceptional directional punting like this backing up the BC Lions …”. Video here.

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Guelph grad Ryan Bomben is now starting at Guard for the Montreal Alouettes

Guelph grad Ryan Bomben is now starting at Guard for the Montreal Alouettes

About the same time I watched a CFL game as another 2010 CFL draft pick out of Guelph, Ryan Bomben, was getting plenty of “facetime” on a TSN broadcast. That is something unusual for an offensive lineman, but Bomben, playing Right Guard for the Montreal Alouettes, was highlighted for making a dominating block on the goal-line, paving the way for an touchdown.

This week, with a game against the Ticats at Alumni Stadium the Montreal Gazette made note of Bomben’s Guelph connections:

GUELPH, Ont. – The year was 2006 and Ryan Bomben, an offensive-lineman who was raised in Burlington, Ont., had a decision to make on which college to attend while pursuing his collegiate football career.

Simply on the advice of a friend, Bomben decided on the University of Guelph, spending the next four seasons playing for the Gryphons while pursuing a degree in sociology.

On Saturday, in the unlikeliest of settings Bomben, now a guard for the Alouettes, was set to return to Alumni Stadium for a critical game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

… “I have nothing but good things to say about this place. It’s kind of like my second home,” said Bomben, who became a starter for the Als at right guard this season when veteran Scott Flory sustained an early season torn pectoral muscle that required surgery.

The Gryphons enjoyed a good season in 2013. But when Bomben was there, not so much, although the team did participate in the Yates Cup Ontario conference championship one season. Otherwise, the Gryphons, as Bomben remembered, were basically a .500 outfit.

“It was a grass field when I played here – and the grass was long,” Bomben remembered. “There’s turf now and more seating.”

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From the NFL Canada blog this week a story with more Guelph connections – Coaches Matter:

Jeff Yanchus, John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, Ontario, was named NFL Youth Coach of the Year in 2005. He was nominated by a Colin Dyer, a former player who went on to play at the University of Guelph.

“Coach Yanchus’ greatest talent was seeing when one of us was messing up, telling us in a way we could hear it, and then helping us fix the situation through hard work, character and perseverance,” said Dyer in his nomination essay. “In high school I was suspended more times than I can count . . . but during my University career I have become a Dean’s list student, a University of Guelph football team captain and a student senator. I think that a big reason I have been able to do this is because of the principles that Coach Yanchus instilled within me while I played on his teams.”

Yanchus continues to produce successful teams and turn out CIS players at J.F. Ross. What the article doesn’t say is that Coach Yanchus is also a Guelph grad and member of the 1984 Vanier Cup winning Gryphons team. BTW Colin Dyer, a two-time Gryphon team captain and a Wildman Trophy winner, graduated in 2007 and holds a Sales Management position in Toronto. He is starting “a mentorship program for the graduating Gryphons to help connect them with alumni in the industry they are looking to get in.”

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Jarryd Baines with his mother and grandfather

Jarryd Baines with his mother and grandfather

At the quarter-final game vs Windsor I sat next to Tim and Kelly-Anne Baines. Right behind us were several young football grads including their son Jarryd, Michael Fortino and Curtis Rukavina. I heard Jarryd make several observations that drew upon his experience in the CFL Operations Department. Baines has an internship position in the league’s head office and hopes to land a full-time job with a CFL team after he completes his internship which runs through to the end of the year.

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In case you missed it, video from & about the Parents-of-Players pregame tailgates. It is a part of the Gryphon Football experience that I really enjoy. And part of what keeps me coming back two years after my son has finished his career at Guelph. A big thank you to the P-o-P volunteers!

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