U of T defensive end James Bodanis got started late in competitive sports, period, for a very good reason, as the Toronto Star detailed Tuesday.
"Forget making an impression as a raw rookie defensive end at the University of Toronto. Bodanis has already had a lifetime of impact through his devotion to his autistic brother Jake.
" ... From the time he was 4 years old, James has pitched in to help with his brother. He was 14 before he asked his parents if he could play competitive sports with his friends, though he never let it interfere with helping Jake.
" 'He’s my brother and I’d do anything for him — even if that means quitting sports,' said James."
Bodanis, who is 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, actually played in only one high school game before playing in a summer league this year to get up to speed. There's a guy to root for, to say the least.
A couple other OUA football links from today: The Star ran its capsules on all 10 OUA programs. There is also a positive report from the Kingston Whig-Standard on Queen's new starting QB, sophomore Justin Chapdelaine, which mentions that he has changed his "shot-put-like" throwing motion.
And was that Pat Sheahan likening Chapdelaine to another francophone dual-threat QB who played at an Eastern Ontario school, late-'90s Ottawa legend Phill Cote? Yes, yes it was. That's some high praise.
If you never saw Cote play, he was like a CIS version of Doug Flutie -- this sawed-off scrambling improviser who seemed to turn a highly technical game into a rough-touch game at recess.