As each CIS football team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, we'll reflect on what they did this year and compare their results to our expectations.
Next up: Concordia, eliminated from the playoffs in the QUFL Semifinal against the Laval Rouge et Or
Record: 4-6 (4-5 regular season)
RPI: 15th (out of 26)
Points for: 25.2
Points against: 27.3
Passing yards: 235.6
Rushing yards: 96.0
Passing yards against: 272.9
Rushing yards against: 100.3
Looking back at our preview questions:
WILL Terrence Morsink (or someone else...) make the strides necessary after an up-and-down first starting experience to lead the Concordia offence like Scott Syvret, Rob Mackay and Liam Mahoney before him?
Yes. That someone else was Reid Quest who started the final games of the season and gave Concordia the quarterback they needed to run the offence. Quest had a very good 11 TD-5 INT ratio and completed 61.5% of his passes. He had 1548 yards and Concordia should be looking forward to a full season with Quest as their starter next year.
CAN second year linebackers Max Caron and Travis Bent keep the momentum going at what has turned out to be Canada's linebacker U?
Well, it's hard to imagine it going any better, especially in the case of Caron. He is the QUFL nominee for the President's Trophy and should be the favourite to take the national award home as well. Caron led the Quebec conference in tackles (78.5) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (3). He also had 5 interceptions, 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.
Bent, who was also a highly touted second year linebacker is younger than Caron and is taking more time to adjust but the Stingers are still high on him. Concordia had good seasons from linebackers Alex Lemire and Christian Walcott.
HOW will Gerry McGrath utilize one of his strongest groups of running backs in recent memory?
It was hit or miss here, and the balance of the offence is why Concordia couldn't really challenge the conference's top three. It seemed like the pass and rush offence was never really good in the same game, especially in games against Laval, Sherbrooke and Montreal.
Concordia did average 96 yards on the ground per game which was mostly due to Edem Nyamadi (385 yards, 5.2 average) and Raul Thompson (379 yards 5.8 average). It was a good performance, especially compared to last year's 50.8 yards per game on the ground.
It was an alright season for Concordia as they made strides forward in their rebuilding effort but there are whispers of a lot of unhappiness at Concordia with rumours of one coach already stepping down, and possibly more changes to come but that is mostly speculation at this point.