2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Luis Guimont-Mota, McGill Redmen

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Source: Earl Zukerman. McGill CommunicationsOfficer

Name: Luis Guimont-Mota
University: McGill
Hometown: Quebec City, QC.
Cegep: Collège FX Garneau 2012
Position: Running Back
Academic program: Business Management 3
Year of eligibility: 3
Height: 5-8
Weight: 190

Key stats 2013: 824 rushing yards (1st in RSEQconference and 5th in CIS), four rushing TDs (3rd in RSEQ and 20thin CIS), 17 recepts.

, 95 yds, 5.6 avg., 0 TD; Second on team (fifthin league) in all-purpose yards with 114.9 per game

Awards & honours (since start of CIScareer): RSEQ conference rushing champion in 2013…RSEQ conference all-star in 2013… McGill football’s mostoutstanding offensive player (2013 Dan Pronyk Memorial Trophy)

Nowhere is the old adage “Big things come in smallpackages” more appropriate than it is for McGill running backLuis Guimont-Mota. It is fair to say that as his season goes, sowill the fortunes of the McGill Redmen, which has been in arebuilding mode for a decade since the last time they reached the.500 plateau in 2004.

If anyone can handle the weight of the world on his shoulders,it appears that the shifty, 5-foot-9, 188-pound conferenceall-star, is the one to do it. Despite his diminutive dimensions,he has a larger-than-life persona on the gridiron.

A product of College F.X. Garneau in Quebec City, where hereached the elusive 1,000-yard plateau and led the league inrushing, he became a starter in his rookie year at McGill, rushingfor 381 yards and averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The businessmanagement student did not succumb to the sophomore jinx, more thandoubling his rushing total to become the first McGill footballplayer since Nick Hoffmann in 2002 to lead the league in thatdepartment.

Guimont-Mota more, ended up fourth in the nation with 824rushing yards on 147 carries. He averaged 103 yards per game and5.6 yards per carry, to go along with a team-leading fourtouchdowns in eight games.

Despite McGill’s fifth-place finish behind powerhouseprograms like Laval and the Montreal Carabins, he was voted by theconference coaches as an all-star at his position.

Now in his third year, his sights are set on leading the Redmento a playoff berth and if the ball takes a big McGill bounce,perhaps a berth in the 50th anniversary for the Telus Vanier Cup.The timing couldn’t be better as McGill’s MolsonStadium will be the host site for the CIS national championshipgame on Nov. 29, 2014.

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