Saturday, August 29th – Telus Stadium
Kickoff at 10am (PT)
Photo Credit: Wilson Wong, UBC Athletics
Under new head coach Blake Nill, the UBC Thunderbirds are eager to get their 2015 season underway – but first, they’ll have to battle it out against the University of Laval Rouge et Or in a historic preseason game in the first ever matchup between the two CIS schools in program history.
The Thunderbirds, who went 2-6 last season, are looking for a fresh start this year and will be eager to showcase how different the team is compared to last season. Several players to look out for include Marcus Davis, who was named First Team All-Canadian in his rookie season after making a name for himself on special teams, and Michael O’Connor, who joined the team after a season at Penn State and took part in the BC Lions mini camp during the offseason. The Thunderbirds lost defensive tackle Donovan Dale to the Huskies in the offseason and will need to find another player to fill the shoes of the Second Team All-Canadian and the Canada West Outstanding Lineman awardee.
On the other hand, Laval, the most successful CIS football program in history with eight Vanier Cup wins, won’t be an easy team to beat. Under head coach Glen Constantin, who has been the head of the program for the past fifteen seasons with seven Vanier Cup wins under his belt, the Rouge et Or went 7-1 last season. Several key players for the team include Hugo Richard, who led the CIS in touchdowns thrown last season with 22 and averaged 322.3 yards per game, and receiver Felix Faubert-Lussier, who caught nine of Richard’s touchdown passes last season. One player who will be missed by the team will be Boris Bede, who joined the Montreal Alouettes this season.
In their first meeting ever in program history, will the Rouge et Or topple the Thunderbirds? Or will the Thunderbirds show that they’re a brand new team this season? Tune in to find out this week!