Last week the OUA announced their 2016 All Star selections and …
In just his second season in the league, rush/cover Job Reinhart (Guelph, Ont.) is the Guelph Gyphons lone first-selection. Reinhart, who is studying landscape architecture, made 16.5 tackles this season while playing in all eight regular season games for the Gryphons.
Guard Andrew Pickett (Kitchener, Ont.) is an OUA second-team selection in back-to-back seasons, while defensive halfback Nick Parisotto (Guelph, Ont.), who was named to the first-team in 2015, is a second-team pick this time around.
There is a story with more details on the Guelph players selected on Gryphons.ca – Three Gryphons Recognized as OUA All-Stars
Second year linebacker Job Reinhart (Guelph, ON) was the lone Gryphon to be selected as an OUA First Team All-Star after a tremendous season on the Gryphons special teams units. Reinhart, who was named a special teams all-star at the Rush/Cover position, played a critical role on all six of the Gryphons special teams units. The local Guelph native, who was also perfect in handling the Gryphons long snapping responsibilities on field goal and punt, finished the 2016 season with 12 special teams tackles and one forced fumble. Reinhart, a two-sport athlete who also competes on the Gryphons men’s wrestling team, is the younger brother of U of G Alum and current CFL’er, Jake Reinhart, who handles long snapping duties for the Toronto Argonauts.
A pair of Gryphons also earned OUA Second Team All-Star honours. Third year defensive half-back Nick Parisotto, who was named a Second Team All-Canadian last season as a sophomore, finished fifth on the team in tackles (28.5) in 2016 while also recording a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three pass break ups. He is joined on the OUA Second Team by Gryphons offensive lineman Andrew Pickett. This marks the second year in a row that Pickett has been named an OUA Second Team All-Star. Three seasons ago, Pickett dressed every game as a rookie. The last two seasons, he has helped anchor the o-line by starting at left guard.
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My Thoughts: First, congratulations to Job, Nick and Andrew. Second, only seeing three Gryphons recognized with All Star selections is disappointing but it’s part of going 3-5. The surprising 2-6 season in 2011 saw only two Gryphons on the All Star team. The player I feel really disappointed for is linebacker Luke Korol. There really wasn’t any more he could have done. He was tied for the most tackles in the OUA with a player who was a first team all star. Had the Gryphons been 5-3 or 6-2, no doubt Korol would have received the votes he deserved.
Being selected to the OUA All Star team is a real and important honour. A number of potential Gryphon All Stars were affected by injuries or other circumstances. A’dre Fraser missed 4 games. Ryan Nieuwesteeg looked like an All Star receiver – 19 receptions in 2 games – before injury issues sidetracked his season. Jaylan Guthrie missed the first three games of the year. You need some good luck as well as talent.