2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Ron Omara, StFX X-Men

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Source: Krista McKenna, StFX Sports Info & AUSCommunications

Name: Ron Omara
University: St. Francis Xavier University
Hometown: Alymer, Que.
High school / Cegep: Ottawa Sooners
Position: Linebacker
Academic program: Arts
Year of eligibility: 5
Height: 6-2
Weight: 240

Key stats in 2013:

62 tackles (2nd CIS), 47 solo tackles (2nd CIS), 7.8tackles/game (2nd CIS), 3 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 2 forcedfumbles, 1 interception, 1 break-up

Awards & honours (since start of CIScareer):

– 2011 StFX X-Men rookie of the year
– 2013 CIS second team All-Canadian
– 2013 CIS East-West Bowl participant
– 2013 AUS defensive player of the year
– 2013 AUS defensive all-star (LB)
– 2013 StFX X-Men most valuable player
– 2013-14 StFX Male Student-Athlete of the Year

PROFILE

After missing half of the 2012 season due to injury, StFXlinebacker Ron Omara was named the top defensive player in theconference last season, garnering the AUS defensive player of theyear award, along with being recognized as an AUS all-star.

In eight games played, Ron collected 62 total tackles including47 solo tackles to lead the conference and was second overall inthe country.

A CIS second team all-Canadian and most valuable player of theX-Men, Ron also led the AUS in tackles per game with 7.8 andrecorded 3 sacks, 6 tackles for a loss of 32 yards, 2 forcedfumbles, 1 interception and 1 break-up.

Ron will be called upon to lead the X-Men defense as he entersinto his fourth season with the team and is up for the taskcommenting, “This season, there is a lot at stake. The conferencewill be wide open once again, and the expectations will be high forus. I believe we have a great group of players and a solid coachingstaff that can get on the same page and make a run for an AUStitle.”

“I am looking forward to being able to contribute to the team asmuch as I can, as I believe my teammates will do as well. Mybiggest expectation is ultimately for the X-Men to be competitors,which, in return, will spark a special season.”

The 2014 StFX Male Athlete of the Year competed for the Eastsquad in the CIS East West Bowl this past spring, recording a keyinterception late in the fourth quarter that he returned for 41yards to help secure a 19-12 East victory. Ron also had one soloand two assisted tackles in the game.

X-Men Head Coach Gary Waterman on RonOmara:

“Ron Omara is coming off an outstanding year where he was namedAUS Defensive Player of the Year and StFX Male Athlete of the Year.He is one of our team captains, volunteers in the community and isa member of our Unity Council. Simply put, Ron is a terrific personand an impact football player. We look forward to another big yearfrom him.”

Getting to Know Ron Omara:

Nickname: Omara

My favorite StFX sporting moment to date is…
Defeating the Concordia Stingers at their home field.

My favorite Disney movie or character is…
Simba from the Lion King

My biggest pet peeve is…
When people with bad breath talk directly in front of yourface.

My dream job is…
To be happy

My biggest fan is…
My Family

Tell us something interesting about your hometown?
It’s right next to the nation’s capital.

Favorites:

Color: Blue
Number: 42
Food: Burgers
Holiday: Christmas
Social Media: I just have Facebook
TV show: Spartacus
Vacation spot: Uganda
Singer/Band: Can’t just pick one
Item of clothing: Athletic gear/V-necks
Pro sports team: New England Patriots
Pro sports athlete: Tom Brady

Ron Omara’s Career Stats Summary:
(Clickhere for full profile/career stats)

DEFENSE GP TKL AST TOT TKL/G SCK YDS TFL YDS FF FR INT YDS BRUP-------------------------------------------------------------------------2011 7 32 16 40.0 5.7 1 8 4.0 13 1 - 1 16 2 2012 4 17 5 19.5 4.9 1 3 3.5 8 1 - - - - 2013 8 47 30 62.0 7.8 3 24 6.0 32 2 - 1 17 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------Total 19 96 51 121.5 6.1 5 35 13.5 53 4 - 2 33 3

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