Name: Andrew Chichka
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6 feet 4 inches
Weight: 295 pounds
High School: Samuel Robertson Technical SS [Maple Ridge BC]
Summer Club: Langley Rams [BCFC]
The 22-year-old Chichka is a graduate of Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC. His high school did not field a football team during his time there. He played minor football in the North Langley Football Association before playing the past four years for the Langley Rams of the BCFC, one of the CJFL’s member leagues. In 2014 the Langley Rams finished second in the regular season with a 7-3 record, then won the Cullen Cup [BCFC championship] with a 23-21 upset of the 9-1 Okanagan Sun. Chichka’s Langley team also won the Cullen Cup in 2012.
Andrew Chichka is one of five OL recruits in this year’s recruiting class. While Guelph will return all of the starters from 2014, there will be major turnover in the next two years with as many as 8 current OLs graduating. Three of five starters are members of the 2011 recruiting class [i.e. heading into their 5th season]. The other two starters will be heading into their 4th year.
Andrew Chichka is an interior lineman who gives the Gryphons immediate depth on the O-Line. He displays a lot of toughness. Chichka looks like someone who can compete for playing time immediately and who may be able to play several positions. His 2014 video highlights seem to confirm that. I love his physicality. He always finishes his blocks, frequently putting his opponents on the ground. He has the athleticism and speed to block in the second level. And he hustles up field on every play. If I recall correctly Chichka will have 3 years of CIS eligibility.
Odds & Ends
♦ As a CJFL veteran Chichka is fairly unique among Gryphon recruits of recent years when the vast majority of recruits have been graduating high school players.
♦ Talk about good testing numbers – Chichka benches more than 400 pounds, has squatted 500 while being able to run the 40 in 5.1 seconds.
♦ Chichka was winner of Langley’s Ram Award in 2014, given to the player who best embodies what a Ram’s football player should be – dedicated, committed to the TEAM aspect of football, a great teammate, hard working and display hard-nosed character.
Chichka’s 2014 CJFL highlights are on Hudl