2014 CIS Football Player To Watch: John Augustine, Guelph Gryphons


Source: Michelle Pino, Guelph SportsInfo

Name: John Augustine
University: Guelph Gryphons
Hometown: Welland, Ont.
High school: Notre Dame
Position: Running Back
Academic program: Sociology
Year of eligibility: 2
Height: 5-9
Weight: 200

It is not every day that a first-year football player makes itonto the starting lineup, let alone for the first game of theregular season.

But that’s exactly what happened last year,when John Augustine found himself starting on labour day followingan injury to Gryphons star running back.

The sky is the limit. That’s what Gryphon footballassistant coach John Casasanta had to say about the running back.Casasanta began recruiting Augustine almost immediately after hisfamily moved to Welland, Ontario from Florida. Casasanta knewinstantly that he was the type of student-athlete that embodieswhat it means to be a Gryphon.

“His work ethic, resolve and toughness are second to none.His dedication not only on the field but off the field to histeammates, coaches and most importantly his family isextraordinary.”

Funny enough, football wasn’t always Augustine’sfavourite sport. Growing up in Florida Augustine was enamored withbasketball and track. It wasn’t until his first year of highschool that he finally strapped on the football pads after muchconvincing from friends and coaches. In his very first game playingfootball Augustine rushed for over 300 yards and scored threetouchdowns. After scoring his third touchdown of the game Augustinesaid he stood in the end zone and knew football was the sport forhim.

Head Coach Stu Lang comments, “Johnny is the definition ofsomeone dedicated to football and our team.”

It is this level of commitment and dedication that culminated inAugustine dressing in six games for the Gryphons in 2013, a rarityfor first year players, including the season-opener against Laurierwhere he rushed for 127 yards on 16 carries. He finished the seasonrushing for a total of 393 yards on 59 attempts with one touchdownand was named an OUA all-rookie team member.

“As the running back coach with the Gryphons I can‎suggest that Johnny is one of the most committed and dedicatedathletes I’ve ever seen,” said Neil Lumsden.

As for the future, Augustine is 100% committed to bringing aYates Cup to Guelph, citing winning as his ultimate goal as aGryphon. Without a doubt the running game for the Gryphons willcontinue to be dynamic with the duo of Rob Farqhuarson andAugustine.

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