Morning rounds: R&O lose lineman; GGs' Mason a no-show

  • Laval has lost guard Michel Boudreault for the season with a broken leg. The information telegraph says the Rouge et Or are thin (for them) up front. (Le Soleil)

  • The Bishop's-St. FX game on Oct. 17 in Antigonish, N.S., will be the CIS first matchup between two black head coaches, the Gaiters' Leroy Blugh and rookie X-Men boss Gary Waterman.

  • The U of S Huskies have been experimenting with a no-huddle look in practice. They also know how to deal with noise after the concert AC/DC played just down in the road in Regina on Monday. (Huskies Football Outsider)

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders' receivers — including Queen's Rob Bagg, Regina's Jason Clermont and Chris Getzlaf and Western's Andy Fantuz — earned a 'B' in one beat writer's mid-season report cards.

    The special teams, including kicking duo of Luca Congi (SFU) and Jamie Boreham (Manitoba), did not fare too well. (Regina Leader-Post)

  • Six-foot-7, 360-lb. freshman Western O-lineman Shane Bergman has been nicknamed "Big Country." Liking that nickname depends on whether you remember the original Big Country, Bryant Reeves, more for his college or NBA career. (London Free Press)

  • Queen's tailback platoon of Marty Gordon and Jimmy Therrien are "finesseful," in the words of Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • Four months after one Ottawa newspaper profiled Brad Sinopoli, another informs readers that he is the Gee-Gees new starting QB. (Ottawa Citizen)

  • A special thanks is due to readers who have sent along kind words about CIS Countdown 2009 (18 teams down, nine to go!). The team capsules are living documents, so if you see anything we missed, don't hesitate to speak up. For instance, the Ottawa preview has been revised since tailback Davie Mason has not at the Gee-Gees' camp as of 5 p.m. Monday.
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  1. Mason played three years of ball, but was in his fourth academic year last year. he may have graduated? His first year at Ottawa he sat out as he underwent knee surgery.
    Graduated or not the Gee-gees expected him back. He must be having second thoughts. He seemed to be injured part of every season, and that may be a factor in his having second thoughts.
    Too bad we have never seen how good he really could be in the course of an injury free season.

  2. Very good job guys - a lot of research and double checking...

    Can't wait for the 9 other teams...