Gryphons add transfer DL

The Gryphons have added a talented and experienced OUA defensive tackle in Djordje Gavrilovic. Gavrilovic recently graduated from the University of Waterloo where he played four seasons for the Warriors. He is enrolling at Guelph as a graduate student and is eligible to play immediately. Gavrilovic only has one year of CIS eligibility remaining.

Djordje Gavrilovic with DC MacNeill

Djordje Gavrilovic with DC MacNeill

Biographical Info: 6’5″ 275 – Univ. of Waterloo grad (Sociology); High School: Sir John A. Macdonald [Waterloo, ON]

DT Djordje Gavrilovic #99

DT Djordje Gavrilovic #99

Position: Defensive tackle

Accomplishments: Participated in the 2012 East-West Bowl … recorded 46 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles in the past three seasons for the Warriors … I can’t find his stats from his freshman season [2009] but he was named a team captain all four years he wore the UW uniform … Gavrilovic stayed with the Warriors thru the suspended 2010 season when so many other players transferred … From the CIS website‘s pre-season profiles of top players:

Djordje Gavrilovic is one of the most all-around athletes on the Warrior football team.  His size, competitiveness and athleticism are unmatched and he is on the verge of breaking out as one of the top defenders in the country.  Gavrilovic will be relied on for his leadership and consistency each week and will be a key piece of the defence if the Warriors are to crack the top 6 in the OUA this season.

“Djordje is a versatile, hardworking defensive lineman and will play a pivotal role for us this season.  As one of our team leaders, not only is Djordje a great athlete but also a tremendous student and person.” – Joe Paopao

My Take: With it looking increasingly unlikely that defensive linemen Jeff Finley and Ian Marouf will be back in 2014, and uncertainty about the health of UBC transfer DL Ben Osmow [a knee injury kept him from participating in the Florida winter camp and the spring scrimmages] adding a veteran like Gavrilovic makes some sense. But if you’ve read this blog faithfully you’ll know in recent years I’ve never fretted over the quality of depth that the Gryphons have been able to accumulate along the D-Line. To put it simply … we’re loaded. Adding Gavrilovic just keeps it that way.

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4 Responses to Gryphons add transfer DL

  1. Nick says:

    Where is Marouf going to be?

  2. Ian says:

    What’s the story on Marouf?

  3. I heard back in May that Ian Marouf wouldn’t be in school for the fall semester but he will be back in Jan’15. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t play CJFL this fall. He was the Burlington Braves Lineman of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2011 IIRC. I could see him getting a shot in the CFL without even returning to Guelph as 2015 should be his draft year. A big loss for sure! Could be much worse if Guelph weren’t already deep at the position and adding Gavrilovic.

  4. TJSiskin says:

    Welcome to the program Djordje!
    Thank you Ian for a great season last year. Hope to see you back in Guelph. Best of luck with whatever you pursue.

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