Sunday thoughts & links – Mar 23/14

Rob Farquharson vs UWOThe CFL’s National Combine continues in Toronto today. It wraps up this afternoon with the very important one-on-ones. Up to this point Gryphon tailback Rob Farquharson has put up some impressive numbers in the testing portion. Farq laid down a 4.76 sec time in the 40 – 3rd best time among the 8 RBs. He pushed out 23 reps in the bench press [2nd among RBs]. I have to admit he surprised me a bit with his jumps – a 33″ vertical jump [2nd best]  and a 9’5.5″ broad jump [2nd].

Farquharson has certainly proven he is among the elite athletes in the CIS at the running back position. And those numbers prove he is 100% healthy after a season that saw him limited by injuries. Full combine results here.

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Gryphons giving back at Bowl for Kid's Sake

Gryphons giving back at Bowl for Kid’s Sake

Year after year Gryphon football players have turned out in numbers to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph raise money. Each player invests some of their time and puts up a few of their own dollars to participate. It is just one more example of Gryphons giving back. Guelph’s Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2014 has raised more than $25,000, so far, in the past four days.

Bowl for Kid's Sake 2014

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It will be four years next week since Stuart Lang was hired. I’m sure almost every day of those nearly four years Coach Lang has shared his message about the Triple Victory with someone. Lang truly wants his Gryphon program to be successful in three ways – Win on the Field, Achieve in the Classroom and Give back to the Community. And … he walks the walk.

It was announced this weekend that Stu Lang is making a $10 million donation to his alma mater – Queen’s University. He made a similar donation last year to another alma mater – an $11 million dollar gift to Upper Canada College. Lang’s generous donation isn’t an everyday occurrence in CIS sport or Canadian academia so it has generated a lot of publicity. In case anyone thinks that this lessens his commitment to winning at Guelph just check out his comments in the first two links below.

Globe & Mail: U of Guelph Football Coach donates 10-million to his alma mater Queen’s

Guelph Mercury: Gryphon football coach donates 10 million to Queen’s stadium project

sportkingston blog: Campaign to replace Richardson Stadium gets 10 million boost’s Eh Game sports blog: University of Guelph football coach Stu Lang gives 10

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