The Dinos went through their fourth day of practice once again in cold, snowy, and windy conditions at Stampeder Field at Shouldice Athletic Park. On several occasions the coaching staff and players stated the conditions are similar to the post season weather the Dinos had to play in when they defeated the Universities of British Columbia, Manitoba and Western Ontario to advance to the Vanier Cup at Laval. The weather reminded some players of the conditions they had when they played in Vanier.
The Dinos are extremely grateful to the staff at Shouldice for having the field cleared so that spring camp could proceed on schedule.
“I was pleased with the tempo and execution especially given the conditions,” stated Head Coach Blake Nill.
Freshman defensive lineman Joel Van Pelt from Winston Churchill in Lethbridge has shown excellent technique for such a young player. Van Pelt is an excellent athlete having starred on the basketball court leading his team the provincial final but has chosen to concentrate on football. On the other side of the line former Kamloops Broncos offensive lineman Tanner Borowicz has been impressive.
Freshman defensive back Andrew Britton (Henry Wise Wood) of Calgary has shown promise in the secondary according to secondary coach Marcello Rapini.
All-Canadian Cyril Iwangebe and conference all-star cornerback Adam Laurensse have had excellent camps thus far in the secondary. Hunter Turnbull has been moved outside to cornerback and has not looked out of place at his new position. Sadly, Boston Rowe, a talented athlete has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Rowe was a redshirt freshman last year at quarterback and the coaches were looking forward to giving him significant reps in the secondary during spring camp.
Running backs Quinten Chown and Bryce Harper are in a battle for backup tailback to Mercer Timmis. Chown saw significant action last year on special teams making several big plays.
At the conclusion of the Saturday practice members of the team and coaching staff assisted with a Midget Development Camp for players from Calgary and surrounding area.