Training Camp news & links – Aug 20/15

My apologies for not being able to provide first-hand reports from training camp. The 4-hour morning power practice format doesn’t jive with my work schedule. But I do like the concept and reasoning behind it. My expectations of receiving some feedback were washed out by this morning’s rain. We do know Randy Dimitroff owns an umbrella because he had one and not much else in his golf bag at last week’s FoGF Golf tournament.

Fortunately there is more coverage than ever from some other sources. The Guelph Tribune has had several short pieces like this …

Grinnin’ Gryphon

Jaylan Guthrie of the University of Guelph Gryphons football team smiles while posing for his head shot on Saturday morning at the school.

It was the first day of training camp as the team prepares for the 2015 OUA season.

Guthrie is a Gryphons freshman from Vanier College in Montreal.

OT recruit Jaylen Guthrie Photo: Ned Bekavac/GuelphTribune

OT recruit Jaylen Guthrie
Photo: Ned Bekavac/GuelphTribune

FWIW O-Line Coach Mike MacDonald told me five or six months ago that Guthrie was still growing and would report to camp bigger than he was listed.  This photo confirms that if you ask me.

Rob Massey has had daily stories in the Guelph Mercury. Most focus on an individual player. But add them together and you get a good sense of what is going on.

♦ Former Laval pivot officially a Gryphon – QB Alex Skinner

♦ Ferraro brothers plan to keep Gryphons kicking game strong – Daniel & Gabriel Ferraro

As expected, there’ll still be a Ferraro kicking for the Guelph Gryphons this OUA football season.

Second-year Gryph Gabe Ferraro will take over from his brother Daniel Ferraro as the kicker/punter for the team this season. Unexpected, though, is that Daniel will still be with the team, but in a coaching capacity.

♦ No bench time for Gryphons Thompson – DE Jordan Tompson

Jordan Thompson got to watch every Guelph Gryphons football game last year and he hated every minute.

“I’m on schedule to graduate this year,” he said. “Last year I took care of business with schooling. Not being a part of football allowed me to focus heavily on academics, so I took full advantage of it.”

♦ Fraser, Gryphons have desire for OUA football success – WR A’dre Fraser

♦ Gryphon linebacker Rush returns for final shot at Yates Cup – LB John Rush

♦ Confident Gryphons ready for training camp to begin – Coach Stu Lang

“We think we’ve hit a plateau — 7-1 is great, but let’s not stay there,” Gryphons’ head coach Stu Lang said. “Let’s go beyond and win some hardware and I think that will do wonders for the program. It’s nice to brag and say we’ve won more games in the last three years than any other team in Canada except Laval, but we don’t have anything to show for it. That’s the next step up the ladder for us, to win a championship.”

♦ Roberts enters camp as Gryphons top quarterback – QB James Roberts

“Being lucky enough to get in my first year and getting some meaningful reps, the reps in the Yates and the playoffs, was big for my development as a quarterback and as a young man myself,” Roberts said. “I think that gets me more ready for (this) year and the years to come.”

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Something new this year – daily youtube video interviews with James “Lobby” Ingram and Rob Carnegie. They interview a different player each day in a light-hearted way.

Rob & Lob Report Day 1 – Matt Nesbitt

Rob & Lob Report Day 2 – John Rush

Rob & Lob Report Day 3 – James Roberts

Rob & Lob Report Day 4 – Mac Myers  – Confirms Mac Myers return to the defensive backfield after a couple of years playing the Sam Linebacker position

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The Guelph Gryphons team preview appeared on the CIS website today.

As usual there is lots more content on Gryphon social media. Check it out on Facebook, Twitter, Vines and Instagram. Some samples …

CUT WHAT? #GryphonDrill #GryphCamp15 day 5 Manitoba bound

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