- Defensive end Vaughn Martin (Western) comes in for some praise from CBSSports.com NFL writer Clark Judge.
"Martin ... has a decent chance to make it with the Chargers. Though he is raw, there seems to be enough athletic ability to keep the club interested. Yes, the defensive line is crowded, but it can always use a run stuffer like Martin -- especially if he plays as he did in the preseason opener against Seattle."(CBSSports.com)
- "Very settled" is the buzz phrase with the Steve Sumurah-coached Saint Mary's Huskies. It does not take Adam Schefter from ESPN to know that a schism could develop if a team does not stick with one a quarterback. That is a shot at ESPN (explanation), not the Huskies!
Last season, Saint Mary's "shuffled through QBs like a teenager bored with her iPod," as some wiseacre worded it in the Huskies preview. The hope is SMU can laugh about it now, having come through such a tough situation. (Metro Halifax)
- Regina has the same starting linebackers that it had last season. This is new. (Regina Leader-Post)
- Queen's safety Matt Vickers, reports the excellent Mike Koreen, played in the Australian Ice Hockey League while he was at teachers' college.
Another Golden Gaels note via Mike: Running back Marty Gordon is still slowed by a leg injury. Koreen also has a Saturday feature on Saskatchewan Roughriders wideout Rob Bagg. (Kingston Whig-Standard)
- Western and Laval play an exhibition game Sunday at PEPS Stadium. In a converation earlier today (for Sun Media's OUA preview which will appear next week), Greg Marshall talked about Da'Shawn Thomas' arrival giving the Mustangs some "flexibility" with their other running backs and wouldn't you know, the Free Press article notes Ryan Tremblay will play some slotback. (London Free Press)
- Laval has its own position battles in the receiving corps, too. Nineteen-year-old Yannick Morin-Plante is one of the new names to learn; he tore it up in the CEGEP AAA league last fall. (Le Soleil)
- Guelph's best deep threat, wideout-kick returner Jedd Gardner, likely will not practise until middle of next week due to a tweaked hammy. (Guelph Mercury)
- Ottawa needs a stadium announcer ... just e-mail jennifer.elliott(at)uottawa.ca. (Capital Region Football)
- cishoops.ca will probably have updates on the OUA-NCAA games this weekend.
- Mark Wacyk looks at the Cape Breton Capers, who have been perennial bridesmaids in the AUS across the past few seasons. It's ipso-facto that they have a shot at being a tournament team if third-year guard Tremaine Fraser stays the full five seasons. (cishoops.ca)
- Windsor coach Chris Oliver put his Lancers through a 30-minute practice after a 90-39 loss to Ohio State. (Windsor Star)
- Nipissing's inaugural men's hockey season will feature a cheering section (the Laker Maniacs) and maybe a closed-circuit TV feed throughout the North Bay Memorial Gardens. (North Bay Nugget)