Windsor – Preview

2008 regular season record: 3-5
2008 regular season standings: 7th
2008 playoff record: n/a
2008 playoff finish: n/a

The Windsor Lancer football squad is ready for the 2009 OUA football season. The Lancers look to recover from a disappointing 3-5 record in 2008.

On offense there is a blend of speed and power that should bode well for the future. A bigger and stronger version of Sam Malian is back at the helm following an outstanding freshman campaign. Sam has all the qualities to be one of the OUA’s best quarterbacks.

Replacing Stephenson will be virtually impossible but the Lancers will attempt to do it by committee. Special teams terror, Derek Hymers will be poised to secure some of the carries in the backfield and he will team with Saginaw Valley State University transfer Kamar Anglin and
third year Lancer Paul Lefaive to share the backfield load.

Defensively the Lancers appear much improved and return all key athletes from 2008. Chad Cossette returns from training camp with the Calgary Stampeders and is the mainstay along the
defensive line which includes Mike Stojcic, Dusan Maodus and Seamus Postuma.

Defensive end recruit, Max Strohmeier, from King City, Ontario will push some of veterans because of his great athleticism.

For the first time in a few years, the linebacking corps is finally healthy. Front-runners Chris Arquette, John Celestino, Travis Sartori and Damir Todic will be challenged by Matt Chick, Devon Favot, Brad Adams and David Tiede.

Quote from head coach: “We return seven players on offense and 10 players on defense for the 2009 season. The strength of our
offense going into camp appears to be our offensive line with over 100 total career starts amongst the five starters. Sam Malian returns at quarterback and great things are expected of him. The defense will be
veteran with the secondary being a much improved unit. In 2008 a number of freshmen played and gained valuable experience and that short term pain should turn into long term gain in 2009.”

Head Coach:
– Number of seasons as head coach with team (including 2009): 12
– Number of seasons as head coach in CIS (including 2009): 12
– Career regular season record with team: 29-58-1
– Career regular season record in CIS: 29-58-1
– Career overall record with team (reg. season & playoffs only): 30-62-1
– Career overall record in CIS (reg. season & playoffs only): 30-62-1

Key returning players (about 4-5):

OT Matt Morencie returns for his 5th season. 2 time OUA all-star (2008, 2007). Third round draft pick in 2008 CFL Draft with the B.C. Lions. 2008 Windsor Lancer Football team MVP.

OL Steve Platz returns for 4th season. 2009 CIS East West Bowl participant and won 2009 Lancer Football Most Improved Player award.

QB Sam Malian returns for his 2nd season. 2008-09 Windsor Lancers Male Rookie of the Year and team rookie of the year.

Key recruits (or newcomers: transfers)
Kamar Anglin RB Transfer from Saginaw Valley State University
Geoff Melnechuk OL (Oak Park HS/Winnipeg, MB)
Dylan Whitfield Rec (Holy Names HS/ Windsor, ON)

Key losses (about 3-4):
RB Daryl Stephenson
Rec Glenn MacKay
RB CJ Mwalwanda
LB Kyle Sleightholm

Key returning players (about 4-5):
LB Chris Arquette returns for his third season. Had a career high 22 solo tackles in 2008 and was a 2009 CIS East-West Bowl participant.
DB Matt Bucknor returns for his fourth season. Started in all 8 games in 2008, and had 24 solo tackles. Was a 2009 CIS East-West Bowl participant.

LB John Celestino returns for his fifth season. Sits 4th overall in Lancer history with 105 career solo tackles

Key recruits (or newcomers: transfers)
T.J. Simpson LB (Vincent Massey HS/Brandon, MB)
Matt McGarva DB (Lord Tweedsmuir HS/ Surrey, BC)
Louis Polyzois DB (St. Michael’s/Toronto, ON)
Key losses (about 3-4): None.


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