Ex-Laval QB joins Gryphons

Nick FitzGibbon, Matt Rossetti, Grant MacDonald and Justin Dunk at FoGF 2015 Golf Tournament

Nick FitzGibbon, Matt Rossetti, Grant MacDonald and Justin Dunk at FoGF 2015 Golf Tournament

Former Gryphon QB Justin Dunk breaking the news about the newest Gryphon QB tonight on Sportsnet.ca. This would seem to be confirmation that Laval-transfer Alex Skinner will be playing for Guelph this fall. Gryphon alumni and fans had heard about that possibility at Friends of Gryphon Football’s regional social events over the past two months.

Dunk was at Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club yesterday for the Friends of Gryphon Football Annual Golf Tournament, so you would expect him to be on top of this story.

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QB Alex Skinner (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

QB Alex Skinner
(Andrew Vaughan/CP)

Vanier Cup winning QB Skinner commits to Gryphons

Vanier Cup winning quarterback Alex Skinner has committed to play for the University of Guelph Gryphons, according to sources.

After taking over the starting quarterback job for the Rouge et Or midway through the 2013 season, Skinner helped Laval lift the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship trophy to end that campaign. Just two days later he was charged for alleged assault in a bar fight that has been said to have occurred in the summer earlier that year. Skinner has pled not guilty as he continues to go through the legal process.

The Ottawa native was suspended by Laval for three games to start the 2014 season and then left the program. That move allowed Skinner to be free and choose where he wanted to continue his university football career. University of British Columbia head coach Blake Nill had interest in Skinner – as did many other schools – before the Thunderbirds got a commitment from Penn State transfer Michael O’Connor.

Back in 2013, Skinner completed 72 of his 105 attempts in 2013 for 1,013 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. As a CIS starter he has a perfect 8-0 record. Skinner has an impressive arm as his YouTube trick-shot video shows.

Skinner was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country coming out of St. Peter High School in Ottawa and after playing a season at Kimball Union Academy – a prep school – in New Hampshire.

The move to bring Skinner in gives Guelph important quarterback depth with talented and hard-working second-year signal caller James Roberts the only other pivot on Guelph’s roster with university playing experience.

Read the original story here.

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