The “Quebec” Quarterback Conundrum Part B : A Zero-Sum Game? Quarterback development and four-down football
CFC reporter Rahim deMolitor was tasked with getting to the bottom of the CANADIAN QUARTERBACK CONUNDRUM. This multi-series story digs
Today, CFC shines the spotlight on Class 2007 star receiver and recent University of Manitoba commit, Andrew Smith. Andrew began his football career at 17 years of age.
6’2, 205 lbs
Vancouver Island Raiders (junior: BCFC/CJFL)
Nanaimo Redmen (midget)
Commitment to University of Manitoba
At the age of 17, Andrew suited up for his first team, the midget Nanaimo Redmen. During his time with the Redmen, he was team receiver of the year in 2007.
However, the star receiver’s greatest gridiron success came while he played for the Vancouver Island Raiders of the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC) in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL). For his exceptional play on the field, Andrew has been team receiver of the year twice (2010, 2011), BCFC all-star (2010) and named an All-Canadian (2011).
“My most memorable experience is definitely winning the Nationals back to back in 2008 and 2009,” adds Andrew of the highlight of his career.
As for the next chapter of his gridiron career, the offensive standout will take his talents over to the Prairies as he’s recently committed to the University of Manitoba.
“I chose to go to Manitoba because I feel that I can be a contributor to the team and we have the talent to win games,” comments the future Bisons player as the main reasons he chose the school.
Andrew is inspired and motivated in football by his fellow teammates. However, his parents have been the main influences in his life.
Away from the gridiron, the star receiver is a die-hard Vancouver Canucks fan. Not only does he enjoy “good music”, but he rarely refuses a good tuna sandwich.
While he is unsure of his future academic or career plans, Andrew says his ultimate goal is to complete anything he sets out to do to the best of his ability.
No matter what the future holds for him, Andrew will take with him what’s he learned from the game and plans to apply it at the University of Manitoba to achieve further success.
“I’ve learned how to be a teammate, not an individual and that hard work and doing everything with the best of your ability is how you succeed,” says Andrew.