2014 CIS Football Team Preview: Ottawa Gee-Gees

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Source: Ottawa Sports Info

2013 regular season record: 5-3
2013 regular season standings: 5th in OUA
2013 playoff record: 0-1
2013 playoff finish: Lost 41-7 to McMaster inconference quarterfinal

The Gee-Gees had mixed results in 2013, experiencing highs suchas a 523-yard passing game vs. Toronto and a win over bitter rivalsCarleton in the return of the Panda Game, as well as seeingdefensive tackle Ettore Lattanzio named the OUA’s Lineman ofthe Year after leading the CIS in sacks, as well as bitter defeatsat the hands of Western and McMaster.

Looking ahead to 2014, thesecond season under head coach Jamie Barresi, the Gee-Gees willneed to improve defensively (the team ranked 8th in the OUA) andbalance a new quarterback with a new running back on offence.

Quote from head coach:

There are certainly some players with big shoes to fill, but Iam pleased with the work that the players put in – they are ahard working group. We’ll have more depth on defence thisseason, and things will be evolving on offence. The early part ofthe season will be key for us in terms of getting our young guysready. The big thing for this group is to take a step forward andimprove on 5-3.

Head Coach: Jamie Barresi

– Number of seasons as head coach with team (including 2014):2
– Number of seasons as head coach in CIS (including 2014): 2
– Career regular season record with team: 5-3
– Career regular season record in CIS: 5-3
– Career overall record with team (reg. season & playoffsonly): 5-4
– Career overall record in CIS (reg. season & playoffs only):5-4

OFFENCE

Number of returning starters: 6

Key returning players: Vincent Campbell (SB),Nic Dagher (SB), Taylor Servais (OL), Ian Stewart (REC), Mack Tommy(RB), Adam Valchuk (OL), Derek Wendel (QB)

REC Ian Stewart is the senior man on the receiving corps thisseason, and had two 100 yard performances last year. Thefourth-year from Burlington, Ont. has three career touchdowns.Third-year Vincent Campbell was electric on special teams last yearand has the speed to eat up yards, while sophomore Nic Dagher wasfirst on the team last season with 82.1 yards per game.

Key recruits or transfers: Jackson Bennett(RB); Ottawa, Greg Cherniak (RB); London, Bryce Vierra (RB); SteAnne-de-Belleville, Que.

Key losses: Aaron Colbon (QB), BrendanGillanders (RB); Toronto Argonauts, Simon Le Marquand (REC), AndrewMullings (REC)

DEFENCE

Number of returning starters: 8

Key returning players: Ettore Lattanzio (DL),Marc-Antoine Laurin (LB), Nick Lecour (LB), Andrew Randall (DL),Zach Wilkinson (DB), Randy Williams (DB), Dustin Wilson (DB)

Ottawa will get the services of Randall and Lecour on defenceafter both missed the entire 2013 regular season due to injury.Lattanzio has led the Gee-Gees in sacks in each of the last threeseasons, and enters his fourth year as the reigning national sackleader and 1st Team All-Canadian. Laurin, entering his thirdseason, led Ottawa with 34.5 tackles in 2013. Wilson attended theEast-West Bowl in 2014, while Williams was invited in 2013.

Key recruits or transfers: Tanner Care (LB);Burlington, Ont. [Bishop’s], James Flemming (DB); Belleville,Ont., David Hron (LB); Kingston, Ont., Osas Obas (DL); Montreal,Que., Jeff Radford (LB); Belleville, Ont.

Key losses: Rob Griffiths (LB), Matt Bond (DB),Julien Campbell (LB)

SPECIALTEAMS

Key returning players: Domenic Belardini (P),Lewis Ward (K)

Ward was 12-17 on field goal attempts as a rookie in 2013,longest was 39 yards. Bellardini averaged 37.6 yards per punt, alsoas a rookie.

Key recruits or transfers: Felix Daigneault(K/P); Gatineau, Que.

Key losses: none

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