Four Gryphons named to All Rookie team

Getting back to some of the news I wasn’t able to cover in the past six weeks …

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce the 2014 Football All-Rookies.

The two top teams in the league, the McMaster Marauders and Guelph Gryphons, had several rookies make major contributions with each team having four of its players named to the All-Rookies.

The All-Rookie list is designed to identify exceptional freshmen and to give recognition for their outstanding rookie performances. The 2014 OUA All-Rookies were selected by the OUA coaches through a nomination and voting process.

The four Gryphon players named to the OUA’s All Rookie team were DB Nick Parisotto, OG Andrew Pickett, DE Charlie Taggart and QB James Roberts.

2014 All Rookies

In my opinion Guelph had many more than four freshmen of the calibre to earn All Rookie honours but not every freshman is going to get the necessary playing time. While that opportunity is largely earned, there is also a component of luck involved – i.e. playing time that results from an injury, etc.. But … then it’s about what you do when you get the opportunity. And these four freshmen performed.

Nick Parisotto led the team and was 2nd in the OUA with 4 interceptions. He also made 21 solo tackles, forced 3 fumbles, recovered a fumble and broke up 3 passes in the regular season. Parisotto had another six tackles and an INT in the OUA playoffs.

Andrew Pickett saw substantial playing time in multiple roles over the course of the season. Besides seeing lots of action at OG Pickett was the long snapper on FGs in multiple games. Late in the season and playoffs he played an increasing role on the defensive line as well. He was a regular part of the D-Line rotation in the Yates Cup and recorded two tackles.

Charlie Taggart stepped in quickly to fill a void at defensive end. If I’m not mistaken he started 3 or 4 games and played regularly in most of the others. Taggart was involved in 11 tackles including 4 TFL and 3 sacks. Taggart also recovered 3 fumbles.

James Roberts started one game and filled in for an injured Jazz Lindsey in three others. Guelph won all but one of those games. During the regular season Roberts saw action in six games, plus he played the majority of two playoff games. In total, Roberts completed 55 of 103 passes for 776 yards and 8 touchdowns.

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