2014 CIS Football Team Preview: Saint Mary’s Huskies

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Source: Lori Forbes, Saint Mary’s SportsInfo

2013 regular season record: 5-3
2013 regular season standings: 1st in AUS
2013 playoff record: 0-1
2013 playoff finish: Lost 20-17 to Mount Allisonin Loney Bowl (AUS conference final)

The 2013 season was tremendous learning experience for ourplayers. After finishing first in the regular seasonstandings, which was one of our season goals, we did not do enoughto take the next step.

We are not entirely disappointed in our effort last year but weare disappointed in the results. We see 2014 as anopportunity to redeem ourselves.

We have had a fantastic off season and feel we have an excellentclass of student athletes coming in. We look forward to the newchallenges this year.

Quote from head coach:

“I am extremely excited and eager to work with ourreturning, veteran players and the new crop of student athletesthat have joined our family.” – Perry Marchese

Head Coach:

– Number of seasons as head coach with team (including 2014):2
– Number of seasons as head coach in CIS (including 2013):2
– Career regular season record with team: 8-8
– Career regular season record in CIS: 8-8
– Career overall record with team (reg. season & playoffsonly): 10-11
– Career overall record in CIS (reg. season & playoffsonly):10-11

OFFENCE

Number of returning starters: 6

Key returning players:

– Ben Rossong returns for his second year at QB –started 4 games last year and will be expected to take on the taskof leading the offense this year. He will be challenged dailyby Scott Borden and Drew Jacobson.

– Melvin Abankwah will be called upon to carry the load onoffense as both a receiver and running back. He will be ahuge part in any success we have on offense in 2014. JacobJesse and Derek Pisani will round out the depth at the RBposition.

– Offensive line is losing four starters. Returning youngplayers are expected to take on big roles to fill theseholes. Look to Sean Guihan, Djorge Petrovic, Richard Akikiand Nik Bartolacci to step up.

– Receivers: Returning dressers Mohamed Abdallah, MattMagee, John Watson and Lucas Snyder will be pushed by an impressivelist of sophomores and first year players.

Key recruits or transfers:

– Chris Doucette, OL from Hamilton ON
– Jon Paton, OL from Newmarket ON
– Quinn Polley, Rec/RB from Edmonton AB
– Rick Lemoignan, Rec from Edmonton AB
– Jaegar Prot, Rec from Ottawa ON
– Daniel Sule, Rec from Dartmouth NS
– D’Shawn Miller, Rec from Brampton ON

Key losses:

– Jack Creighton, QB
– Matt Simich, Rec
– Guillaume Gagnier, OL
– Riley Brown, OL
– Kyle Whalen, OL
– Sean Seafoot, OL

DEFENCE

Number of returning starters: 6

Key returning players:

In the secondary key returners Kayin Marchand-Wright, JesseLacle and Kevin Myrthil will be looked upon to be strengths forus.

Returning players Jack Gatza and Jean Legault will also look tobecome contributors.

Returning linebackers Jay Langa and Jeremy Nicole will be lookedupon to solidify the middle of the defense and will be challengedby several sophomores and first year players.

Up front on the defensive line, Marvin Golding and Matt Delmaslook to lead a young group first year players who will need to takeon huge roles on our defense.

Key recruits or transfers:

– Kanaar Bell, DB from Oshawa ON
– Mandella Loggale, DB from Edmonton AB
– Taylor MacDonald, Halifax NS
– Clay Matthews-Reid, Oshawa ON
– Simon Bell, DL from Hamilton ON
– Omar Abdallah, DL from Toronto ON
– John Paul, DL from Eskasoni NS
– Tresor Buama-Mafuta, Montreal QC
– Brad Herbst, LB from Ottawa ON
– Spencer Bennett, Halifax, NS
– Dylan Teeple, LB from Brantford ON
– Luke Ciraco, LB from Newmarket ON
– Kyle MacDonald, LB from Sackville NS
– Lawson Morassutti, LB from Newmarket ON
– Aiden Panchyshyn, LB from Edmonton AB

Key losses:

– Rob Jubenville, DL
– Prince Baffoh, DL
– Matt Lalande, LB
– Nigel Romick, LB
– Eric Black, DB
– Fraser Vrenjak, DB

SPECIALTEAMS

Key returning players:

Chase Kodejs will look to improve on a very impressive firstyear handling both punting and placekicking.

Mak Fox and Lucas Cristovao return as “jacks of alltrades” on special teams.

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