Morning rounds...

A little late today, apologies:

  • San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end Vaughn Martin (Western) is starting the season in the NFL. The Chargers are a 3-4 team which also play some 4-3, which is his time to shine. (
  • People in B.C. are expecting running back Jamall Lee (Bishop's) to be in a Lions uniform sooner rather than later. The news out of Carolina will not disabuse them of that notion. (Herald)

  • It's Canada West preview day! (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Regina Leader-Post)

  • Speaking of the Calgary Dinos, D-lineman Deji Oduwule is looking for a little more than good, clean, close game vs. the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday: "To prove that we are the big dog in this conference, we have to go in there and we really have to beat them up." (Calgary Herald)

  • What's this about Manitoba tailback Matt Henry promising to rush for 1,200 yards this season? Bottom line, the U of M Bisons are a confident bunch. (Sun Media)

  • Our own Evan Daum has as an advancer on Alberta's opener on Friday vs. UBC. (The Gateway)

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Andy Fantuz (Western) is denying a David Naylor report that he is hoping to pursue NFL opportunities next season. Naylor does not have the rep for pulling stuff from thin air, though (and Fantuz's representation is the same firm which represents Vaughn Martin). (Regina Leader-Post)

  • The stability of wideout Zach Bull's knee is a bit X factor for Western. You'll remember that he went out on the first series of the Vanier Cup. (London Free Press)

  • Six-foot-8, 350-lb. Matt Sewell (only a freshman!) is projected to start at left tackle for McMaster on Opening Day. (Hamilton Spectator)

  • Queen's has been using backup QB Tom Howes as a receiver. Apparently he can kick, too, just like another Golden Gael with the same name (Beau Howes, the QB in the late 1990s).

    Long-time Golden Gaels fans will recall Craig Spear starting his career throwing passes and switching to catching them. And didn't Rob Weir start at wideout for the 1992 Vanier Cup team, then go on to start at quarterback in later (seasons)? (Kingston Whig-Standard

  • Shifting from wide receiver to fullback is rare, but Guelph's Kevin Campbell is better for the effort. (Guelph Mercury)

  • Windsor defensive end Chad Cossette is ready to plant some quarterbacks. Protecting them can wait for when he is in the CFL. (Windsor Star)
  • Considering that three Final Four teams have visited Ottawa in the past four seasons, it jumps out at you when Carleton coach Dave Smart says the St. John's Red Storm might be the best to ever visit the capital. The Red Storm have a diaper dandy, combo guard Omari Lawrence, plus they return almost all of their scoring and rebounding.

    The games on Sunday (1 p.m. at the Ravens' Nest, 8:30 p.m. at Montpetit Hall) are a good chance to get a window into the two Ottawa teams, both of which have significant changes. Smart noted he has been "spoiled" the past seven seasons, but that this young Ravens team is a "talented dangerous team -- one that scares both coaches." (Sun Media)

  • Len McNamara is out as UNBC's athletic director (and it sounds ugly) but Loralyn Murdoch, coach of the women's basketball T-Wolves, says "we're well on our way to going CIS." (Prince George Citizen)

  • Defenceman Jordan Smith, the one-time Anaheim Ducks prospects whose NHL ambitions were dashed after his lost his left eye after being struck with a puck, will wear the captain's C for Lakehead this season. (
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1 comment:

  1. It really says a lot that Canada West preview day comes after the season starts.