♦ Job Reinhart of GCVI has re-signed with the Gryphons. I say “re-signed” because he was a member of the 2014 recruiting class as well. In fact, Reinhart was accepted to Guelph, enrolled in school and attended training camp in 2014. He even played well when he quarterbacked the Gryphons throughout the 3rd Q of the pre-season game at UdeMontreal. What changed, and I only learned this recently, is back in September he quickly realized he wanted to switch his major at UofG. And to do that he had to return to high school to take some prerequisite courses. The 6′ 210-pound Reinhart has also determined he will change positions and compete for playing time as a linebacker/long snapper/special teams player very much like older brother Jake Reinhart did.
♦ It won’t hurt to have another athlete like Reinhart competing for playing time at Long Snapper as Dan MacDonald will be heading into his 5th year of eligibility and it’s not out of the question he gets invited [or drafted] to a CFL training camp this summer. A CFL future is also a definite possibility for Kicker/Punter Daniel Ferraro. I don’t think you set a CIS field goal record as Ferraro did [28 FGs in one season] and not have CFL teams taking serious note of it. I expect he will in fact hear his named called on draft day.
♦ With Job Reinhart no longer in the picture at quarterback, Alec Reid shifting to TE and Mack Blewett graduating, the Gryphons are seriously short on bodies at the QB position. The ideal number of QBs on a CIS roster is probably five. Guelph has just two and one of them, Jazz Lindsey, is heading into his final season. At this point in time the Gryphons have no one to dress as a backup if Jazz or James Roberts were to be injured. There are also no QBs to work with the scout team. The role of scout team QB fell almost entirely to Mack Blewett this past season. [I heard at least one coach rave about the professionalism of Blewett this season, also saying that with his CIS experience and strong arm he gave the defense perhaps the “best looks” they have ever had.] In my mind the 2015 recruiting class won’t be complete if the Gryphons don’t sign at least two quarterback prospects.
♦ Between Christmas and New Years Gryphon recruit Diego Pineda played for Team BC in the 4th Annual Tanoa Bowl All Star Classic. The Tanoa Bowl is a series of all star games involving high school players from BC, Washington and Hawaii. Pineda, a 6’4″ 260-pound defensive end from Chilliwack, BC’s GW Graham High School, started at DE for the Team BC squad. Team BC lost 21-6 to a Washington state all star team with Pineda making 4 tackles and sharing a sack. As I wrote previously it was after Pineda’s performance at a Team BC tryout camp back in May that recruitment interest in him really exploded.
♦ Another Gryphon recruit will be heading south to play some high level football. Receiver Kade Belyk of Regina, SK’s Dr. Martin Leboldus CHS will play for Football Canada’s U18 National Junior Team which takes on Team USA U18 squad in the 2015 International Bowl in Dallas, TX. The Football Canada roster contains the names of several more athletes who I would like to see in Gryphon uniforms. Perhaps foremost among them is Gryphon alumnus Heron Tait‘s nephew, and Canada’s top ranked defensive back, Alonzo Addae.
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And some alumni news …
♦ It was great to hear that Gryphon football alumnus Rick Kohler‘s daughter won a Gold Medal this week at the Nations Cup in Germany. Rebecca, who plays NCAA women’s hockey at North Dakota, was playing for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Developmental Team. Rick’s son, Thomas, plays defense for the Gryphon Mens Hockey team.