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April 29, 2017

Bisons Camp | Day 1 Recap

The University of Manitoba Bisons football spring camp officially kicked off Friday night with the first of five on-field sessions.

Below are a few highlights…

Rookie linebackers show what they’ve got

The battle at the linebacker position will be arguably the most competitive all week, with two open spots entering camp. Head coach Brian Dobie was quick to point out the depth at the position, especially among the newcomers. Langley Stampeders product Nick Thomas, as well as St. Paul’s graduate Brody Williams and BCFC transfer Brendan Desjardins all stood out in the first session.

Thomas is a converted rugby player who is a fierce tackler. 

“His tackling is so good, so to get him out on our field rather than just to see him on film, that was pretty big,” Dobie said. 

Williams football IQ and Desjardins’ physicality were also evident. 

“The way he [Williams] looked at St.Paul’s, he translates perfectly on to this field, he’s another very physical linebacker and he’s very smart,” Dobie said.

Brayden Saville at the U of M Bisons camp.

Brayden Saville at the U of M Bisons camp. PHOTO: Chantal Zdan

Cole Adamson impresses 

Adamson, a rookie defensive tackle out of Oak Park High School, was one of the most sought-after prospects in the country due to his athleticism. He stood out on Day 1 with Dobie, as well as fellow players, noticing his abilities. 

“All our vets were all talking about Cole Adamson . . . He immediately impacted,” said Dobie. 

The return of Jamel Lyles 

It was impossible not to notice the presence of 2015 Canada West Rookie of the Year Jamel Lyles, who returned to camp after playing for Westshore of the BCFC last season. He’s even quicker following his time away from university football, however it was the change in maturity that caught Dobie’s attention.

“He came in here and showed true leadership. He was really positive and encouraging to the young high school backs. That’s the side that I want to see,” said Dobie. 

“He’s not a kid anymore, it seems to be that he’s got a much wiser perspective on things.”