There have been five more “media” stories from training camp that I haven’t linked to or referred to yet. They are all on the GryphonFootball Team App or Gryphons.ca. Check them out!
Working backwards, there is a short report [excerpt below] on Sunday’s scrimmage – Gryphons end camp by hosting Marauders
All four quarterbacks — James Roberts, Theo Landers, Zach Buchan and David Luke — took turns calling the signals and running the offence. And there were a couple of standout plays, although most of the Gryphon effort followed its motto of Team First.
“The first big play that (running back) Mack Jones had there was pretty awesome and we had an interception for a touchdown,” MacNeill said. “There were some nice individual performances, but I thought it was a good well-rounded effort.”
An earlier story yesterday confirmed my speculation about the move of Rob Carnegie from the backfield to a receiver position – Carnegie joins rec city. It covers the background story and Carnegie’s adjustment to the new position.
Another story talked about the depth at the running back position – Full house backfield, something I’ve mentioned numerous times. It also explains why I hadn’t seen much of Brandon Gordon on my visits to camp.
For the running backs, team goals are their main goals.
“A Vanier Cup, that’s all I can tell you. That’s all. That’s a good season,” Augustine said. “Not even a Yates Cup, Vanier all the way.”
“To make it further than we did last year, for me and everybody,” Gordon said. “In terms of my performance, I just want to stick to the team goals and (running back) goals which is 6.4 yards average per carry. That’s what I want to stick to and exceed as well.”
That average would be an increase over their 5.6 yards per carry average they had in the regular season last year.
After missing out on last season, Carney has noticed changes in the Gryphon program and the affect that has on the players.
“I think it’s just getting better,” he said. “This program is developing. Every facet of this program is improving and to see all the efficiencies getting better, the locker rooms getting better, the camaraderie from offence to defence — there’s no more rivalry. For everyone, it’s team first.”
Unlike Carney, Graham didn’t miss the season last year but he too is returning from injuries – broken bones. It’s also interesting to see Derek Drouillard‘s name listed with the linebackers again. I saw him playing at the SAM LB position versus Mac and that was a change from the beginning of camp when I’m sure he was still working as a DE.
Rush and Newton combined for 100 tackles, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries during the regular season last season. Of this year’s returnees, Graham had 28.5 tackles, Derek Drouillard 21.5 and Luke Korol 14.5.
“The key for the defence this year is just going to be our speed,” Graham said. “We have an unbelievable back end with our DBs, so the speed that those guys have and the speed of our linebackers, that’s what’s going to help us really be successful this year. It’s just getting 12 guys flying to the ball on every play and just rallying around that thing and just suffocating the ball carrier.”