Local Red Dog cracks team Alberta roster


One local football player has the chance of a lifetime as made the cut onto team Alberta’s roster for the Football Canada Cup.

Cole McCormick will play for team Alberta at the 2010 Canada Cup. McCormick plays full-back for the midget tier-2 Red Dogs in the Capital District Minor Football Association, but he made team Alberta as an offensive tackle.

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“Offensive tackle is what I’m used to playing so I’m pretty excited,” said McComick. “I’m definitely undersized at tackle because I’m 205 pounds, and a lot of the other lineman are upwards of 270lbs.”

While McCormick may be undersized for the offensive tackle position, McCormick is sure he can make that up in speed and technique.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said offensive coordinator Rod Kirby. “To have a guy that size that can move like that on the ‘O’ line is going to be nice, so it’s really good for him.”

His coach also thinks he has the chance of a lifetime as he’s set to impress scouts in the United States and Canada.

“Any chance someone has the opportunity to leave town and see how other people do things and play with other kids and others coaches, I think it’s a good benefit to them,” said Red Dogs head coach Chris McKenna.

The Red Dogs will also be looking for big things from McCormick at the Canada Cup.

“He’s a really good football player. He’s really tough, he’s actually been playing full back for us so he’s a really good athlete,” said offensive coordinator.

McCormick’s knowledge of the game is what really put his over the edge, as he made the team as a tackle when he’s been playing full back for the better part of the regular season.

“He took on a new position with us, and within two weeks he was playing like he’s been playing for years,” said McKenna “He’s been really helpful with the younger guys, helping them out on certain plays, so he’s definitely going to be a leader and I think he’ll do well.”

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The Red Dogs will now play the Sherwood Park Wolverines on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The Red Dogs will then play for the tier-2 championship on Tuesday in Edmonton against the Edmonton Seahawks at Clarke Park.

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