Morning rounds...

  • U of T coach Greg DeLaval says his team is "decimated on offence." The D — that entire defence, not just d-back Derek Batchelor — could keep the Varsity Blues in games. They are still in a much better place than they were 365 days ago, or 731 days ago for that matter. (Toronto Sun)

  • Some might chafe at the Winnipeg Sun giving a byline to Manitoba's sports information director ("Chris Zuk, for Sun Media"). On the other hand, it is damn informative, since we now know the Bisons' projected O-line, starting at left tackle, is Scott Johnson-Landon Rice-Kurtis Stolth-Sam Nemis-Ryan Karhut. (Winnipeg Sun)

  • Laval offensive coordinator Justin Ethier pretty much is a Ste-Foy institution — he's been there since the team's second season. (Le Soleil)

  • Defensive end David Rybinski was a terror at Saskatchewan Huskies training camp on Tuesday. The Green Dogs are looking for someone to replace Ivan Brown, which will be no mean feat. (Huskies Football Outsider, which has been great with pointing to stories from from across Canada West)

  • Mr. Mo examines the Western Mustangs defensive line post-Vaughn Martin. Keep an eye on frosh defensive end Scott Fournier, whose dad Randy, a former assistant at Carleton and uOttawa, has come aboard as a part-time D-line coach. The younger Fournier played high school ball at St. Mark south of Ottawa.

    One tweak to the Western preview: Fifth-year man Andrew Rady was accepted to law school and will vie to be starting centre. He started at right guard in '08. (London Free Press)

  • Former Guelph Gryphons Hainsley Guthrie and Andrew Oosterhuis are appearing on an episode of Outdoor Life Network's show Mantracker, which airs Saturday.
    "The popular show, which is in its fourth season, sees teams of two try and evade professional tracker Terry Grant. They have up to 36 hours to reach a finish line 40 kilometres away through rugged and demanding terrain.

    "Their episode was shot near Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario last September."
    Did anyone else hear "Mantracker" and think it had to be some kind of dating show? Sorry for being sexist. (Guelph Mercury)

  • Not CIS, but St. Louis Rams safety O.J. Atogwe might be the best Canadian-born NFL player ever. People are aware of this ever, right? (Windsor Star)
  • Windsor coach Chris Oliver will have an awfully young team this season. (
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  1. Atogwe is better than Bronko Nagurski?


    (and Rueben Mayes?)

  2. If O J Atogwe's parents had a chance to do it over, do you think they'd still name their kid O J?
    After 1994, that name in most social circles became as popular as...Adolph.

  3. To be fair, his lovin' parents named him Oshiomogho. Not sure who was responsible for OJ ...