A trio of true freshmen from British Columbia had an impact on the University of Calgary Dinos defeat of the UBC Thunderbirds 49-16 in Canada West football action Friday evening.
True freshmen Jack McDonald, Blake Gau, and Seye Farinu all saw action on special teams. McDonald also played a couple of series on offense in the fourth quarter and Farinu got some time in at Linebacker on the final defensive series.
“All three young men had strong training camps and played well in our pre-season game at Medicine Hat against the University of Regina,” stated Head Coach Wayne Harris.
The 6’1”, 210 lbs McDonald, is from a football background. His father, Bruce, played for UBC and was a Conference all-star defensive back and had a tryout with Edmonton in the CFL. Jack joined the Dinos after outstanding High School career at South Delta. where he was AAA all-star linebacker and also played receiver on offense. He is being used as an inside receiver with the Dinos and has taken some reps with the first group during practice. McDonald’s family were on hand for Jack’s first Conference game as a Dino.
Gau was a teammate of McDonald’s at South Delta is splitting his time between outside linebacker and defensive back, a system used in the pas to create Dinos great and current Blue Bomber Sam Hurl. Gau recorded a special team tackle in his first game on Friday evening. Like McDonald, Gau played for Coach Ray Moon at South Delta helping them to the provincial Championship last year. The 6’, 195 lbs. Gau is enrolled in the Haskayne School of Business.
Farinu is a graduate of Mount Douglas High School in Victoria. He was a member of the AAA all-star team at running back and also saw action at linebacker. He is playing outside linebacker for the Dinos in his inaugural season in Canada West. Backing up former MVP Doctor Cassama. Seye played for coach Mark Townsend in High School and was ranked in the CFC Top 100 last year. The 5’9”, 195 lbs Farinu is a first year student in the Haskayne School of Business.
The Dinos look forward to additional contributions from Jack, Blake, and Seye not only this year but through out their careers with the program.