Bison Football announce commitment of nine national players

With the 2010 Bison Football training camp right around the corner, The Manitoba Bisons football team is pleased to announce the commitment of nine national players for the 2010 season. All these players are from the offence side of the field.

PHOTO CREDIT: Yvonne Churly

Quarterback Cam Clark; receivers Tyson Takasaki, Jared Ralko, Tyson Hinds, Xavier Johnson and Quincy Hurst; tailback Justin Grochowski, fullback Andrew Berry and kicker Nick Naylor have all committed to the Bisons for the upcoming 2010 season.
This recruiting group all play on the offence side of the field

“We are very pleased to announce this outstanding group of national players,” stated Bison football head coach Brian Dobie, heading into his 15th season at the helm of the Bison Football program. “Our recruiting philosophy is to recruit the best available football players from the province of Manitoba and then to supplement them with impact national players from across the country. We feel in this year’s recruiting class that we have been very successful in doing that and look forward to entering our training camp with these national recruits join our Manitoba players on the field as we move forward to a competitive season ahead.”

Clark, 22, played last season with the Big Kahuna Rams (Surrey) in BCFC:
* In 2009 season, he was second in British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC) in passing yards with 2110, third with 15 passing TDs and fourth with 96 completions plus BCFC All-Star
* In 2008 season, he led BCFC with 1825 passing yards, 105 completions and 19 passing TDs in passing yards with 2110 and third with 15 TDs plus BCFC All-Star
* In 2007 season, was named CJFL (Canadian Junior Football League) Rookie of the Year and BCFC Outstanding Rookie after finishing with second most passing yards in BCFC with 2095, 139 completions and 18 TDs
* He will red-shirt this season as he played in college last season

Takasaki, 22, played last season with the Victoria Rebels in BCFC:
* In 2009 season, he was first in CJFL and BCFC for receptions with 50 and touchdowns with 17 (and established new CJFL receiving TD mark) plus broke CJFL record for most TD receptions in a game with six; second in receiving yards with 845 plus BCFC All-Star
* In 2008 season, he was fourth in BCFC for receptions with 24 and sixth in receiving yards with 429
* In 2008 season, he was fifth in receiving yards with 522 while sixth in BCFC for receptions with 27 and touchdowns with four

Ralko, 23, played last season with the Vancouver Island raiders in BCFC:
* In 2009 season, part of the 2009 CJFL National Championship team; he was tied for sixth in BCFC with five receiving TDs and finished with 12 receptions for 273 receiving yards
* In 2008 season, part of the 2008 CJFL National Championship team; finished ninth in BCFC with 16 receptions along with 247 receiving yards and three touchdowns
* Played with the University of Regina Rams in 2007 and had three catches for 32 yards and one TD in three regular season games; played with Rams in 2006 and had one catch for 11 yards in two regular season games

Hinds (6’3” SB) played last season with the Calgary Colts in Prairie Football League (PFC).

Johnson played last season with the Big Kahuna Rams (Surrey) in BCFC:
* In 2009 season, he was tied for fifth in BCFC with 609 receiving yards and 37 receptions

Hurst played last season with the College of the Desert in SFCA (Southern California Football Association):
* In 2009 season, he was second in team receiving yardage with 346 with 15 receptions (23.1 avg.) and 2 TDs
* Finished high school at Centennial Secondary (Coquitlam, BC)

Grochowski, 17, played last season with the Sir Winston Churchill C.V.I (high school in Thunder Bay, ON):
* In 2009 season, he was named team MVP and school’s athlete of the year after compiling a total of 12 touchdowns and 1200 rushing yards (unofficial numbers)
* He was also OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) bronze medallist in the junior boys 100 metres; will be part of Bison track and field team this season after football campaign

Berry played last season as fullback with the Niagara Spears in Ontario Varsity Football League

Naylor, 18, played last season in high school with the W.J. Mouat Secondary Hawks in BC: (PICTURE)
* In 2009 season, his punting average of 36.1 yards was second-highest in the provincial AAA ranks among those with at least 20 attempts and named to all-conference team
* Kicker and punter for team B.C. during the Football Canada Cup 2010 in Halifax, NS
* Grandson of former Bison head coach Gary Naylor

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