2014 CIS Football Team Preview: Mount Allison Mounties

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Source: Pierre Arsenault, Mount Allison SportsInfo

2014 regular season record: 4-4
2014 regular season standings: 2nd AUS
2014 playoff record: 2-1
2014 playoff finish: Lost in Uteck Bowl to Laval48-21

The Mount Allison Mounties overcame a slow start in 2013 byfinishing the regular season with three straight wins. TheMounties continued their win streak by winning back to back playoffgames and capturing their first AUS Title since 1997 and the rightto host the Uteck Bowl in Sackville, NB for the first time inschool history.

2013 marked the third time in the last four yearsthe Mounties have earned an AUS playoff berth.

In 2014 the Mounties look to capitalize on a large group ofreturning starters to go with key additions on both sides of theball. The Mounties lose AUS Most Outstanding Player JordanBotel but feature a veteran heavy roster in Botel’sabsence. All 12 Defensive starters return to go along with 10of 12 starters on Offense. With a veteran presence theMounties will look to start fast in 2014 in defense of its AUSTitle.

Quote from head coach:

“We are fortunate to have a large group of startersback. We lose an excellent back in Botel but we have a lot ofexperience coming back to offset the loss. Our focus is toimprove on playing better early in the season. We have all ofthe tools to play well early in the season with a veteran defense,strong kicking game and returning QB.”

Head Coach:

– Number of seasons as head coach with team (including 2014):7
– Number of seasons as head coach in CIS (including 2014):7
– Career regular season record with team: 13-35
– Career regular season record in CIS: 13-35
– Career overall record with team (reg. season & playoffsonly): 15-39
– Career overall record in CIS (reg. season & playoffs only):15-39

OFFENCE

Number of returning starters: 10

Key returning players:

QB Brandon Leyh 3rd season. 2013 AUS All-Star. 20131190 yards passing (1st AUS) with 5 TD’s in the regularseason. In three playoff games Leyh completed 57% of hispasses for 594 yards and four touchdowns.

REC Troy Trentham 5th season. 2013 AUS All-Star. 2013 26 Receptions for 279 yards, 1 TD. Two blocked punts,one passing TD.

OL Jon Graves 4th season. Three year starter atGuard. Anchored OL that had the leading rusher in the AUS inconsecutive years.

REC Rod Joseph 2nd season. 2013 34 Receptions for 344yards, 2 TD in seven games. 4.9 Rec/Game (2nd AUS).

Key recruits or transfers:

REC Idahosa Yorke – Oshawa, ON.

RB Kiel Ambursley – Toronto, ON.

OL Liam Hickey – Bedford, NS.

Key losses:

RB Jordan Botel

OL Alex Healy

DEFENCE

Number of returning starters: 12

Key returning players:

DT Jacob Leblanc 4th season. 2013 32 Total Tackles, 3Sacks, 5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 Blocked FG. Team Canada 2012, TeamWorld 2013, AUS Rookie of the Year 2011, 3x AUS All-Star(’11, ’12, ’13), 2012 2nd Team All-Canadian.

CB Donovan Saunders 3rd season. 2013 19.5 Total Tackles, 3INT for 116 yards, 5 Pass Breakups, 1 FF. 2013 AUSAll-Star. 2012 AUS All-Star Return Specialist.

LB Te Nguyen 4th season. 2013 49 Total Tackles, 2 Sacks, 4.5TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 4 INT (T-1st AUS), 4 Pass Breakups. 2013 AUSAll-Star.

FS Kwame Adjei 4th season. 2013 1st Team All-Canadian. 2013 45 Total Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 4 Pass Breakups.

DB Michael Bohan 3rd season. 2013 37.5 Total Tackles, 1Sack, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 Pass Breakups.

Key recruits or transfers:

DE Shaun Robinson – Halifax, NS.

LB Damian Halstead – Brampton, ON

DB Nate Rostek – Halifax, NS.

SPECIALTEAMS

Key returning players:

P Kyle McLean 4th season. 2013 – Punting 33.7 Avg., 9Punts Inside 20 Yard Line. 2013 Kicking – 3 of 4FG’s. Playoffs 5 of 5 FG’s.

PR Michael Bohan 3rd season. 2013 AUS All-Star ReturnSpecialist. 2013 Punt Returns – 52 Returns for 552yards, 10.6 PR Average, 78 Long, 1 TD. 2013 Kick Returns– 6 Returns for 141 yards, 23.5 Average, 53 Long.

Key recruits or transfers:

K Ryan Lambert – Grimsby, ON.

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