Manitoba welcomes one out-of-province and two local commits to their team.
Manitoba is calling its boys, both new and familiar to her ways, back and Samson Abbott, a defensive end from the University of Alberta, Luc Catellier, a defensive back from the Calgary Colts (CJFL) and Remis Tshiovo, a running back from St. Paul’s High School are answering after committing to the University of Manitoba Bisons.
Samson Abbott has already had experience playing in at the U Sports level. The former St. Paul’s Crusader is transferring back to his hometown team after a stint with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
“My whole family and extended family live in Manitoba, with my sisters playing volleyball for the Bisons. Between coming home and being with them and the sucess and resources that Bisons football has had in recent years, my family and I decided this was the right move,” he said.
The 6’5, 238lbs mechanical engineering student has had experience working with the Bisons coaching staff during his off-season training. He also played under them on the U18 provincial team. “They’re very intelligent, very experienced and excellent at communicating their ideas in practice,” Abbott said.
While in high school, he was a team captain and saw a 20-0 record with two provincial championships. The former member of Team Manitoba U18 is also a three-time all-star. His talents aren’t exclusive to football, however, as he has won four provincial championships in rugby and was a provincial gold-medalist in high school wrestling.
Abbott has already impressed his new head coach. Dobie said, “I am thrilled to welcome Samson as he transfers back home to the University of Manitoba, and to the Bison Football program. Samson is an intelligent, focused, and disciplined young man who will return to Manitoba to continue to pursue his degree in engineering.
He added that, “Those same personal assets that Samson possesses will enable him to contribute to our team on the defensive side of the ball, in several areas. A former star with one of Manitoba’s elite programs, the St Paul’s Crusaders, we welcome Samson back to Manitoba and the Bisons!”
Luc Caterllier will be heading across provincial lines to reach the University of Manitoba. The 6’2, 190lbs CJFLer calls Calgary, Alberta his hometown. He spent time playing with the Edmonton Wildcats in 2014 and the Calgary Colts in 2016. Prior to his time in the CJFL, he played with the St. Francis Browns (Calgary High School Athletic Association). In six regular season games with the 2016 Colts, he had 17 tackles and five assisted tackles. In his two playoff games, he had ten takes and one assisted tackle.
Brian Dobie, the Bisons’ head coach, said that, “Luc Catellier is one of the top defensive backs in the nation, as indicated by his selection as a CJFL All-Canadian. He has it all, size, speed and a tremendous football IQ. That has been accented by the excellent coaching and experience he received while in Coach Blokker’s Calgary Colts program. We are excited to have Luc join us at Manitoba.”
Remis Tshiovo is a member of the St. Paul’s Crusaders (Winnipeg High School Football League) that went 7-0 on the 2016 season. He also suited up for Team Manitoba-Gold in the 2016 Football Canada Cup. Standing at 5’10, 175lbs, the dual threat running back and wide receiver can run the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds. The Winnipegger will be staying home as a member of the Winnipeg-based Manitoba Bisons.
Head Coach Dobie had nothing but praise for the newest member of the receiving core. “One of the leaders of the provincial champions St Paul’s Crusaders, Remis brings a very diversified skill set to our football program at Manitoba. We look forward to Remis’ contributions to Bison Football as a receiver, a running back and a returner,” he said.
“We are honoured that Remis has chosen the University of Manitoba to pursue his academic and athletic goals”
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