#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team East Freshman DT Leduc keeping a level head

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams and players participating in the big event. 

 

Cameron Leduc has earned the trust of his teammates on the gridiron.

“My biggest attribute is leadership. I am usually known to pick up plays easily and I lead my team by knowing the Offensive and Defensive play books,” he conveyed. “I am the one to check with if one of my teammates forget the play and positioning.”

The 6’2 defensive tackle thrives upon the satisfaction of recording a sack.

“I enjoy playing this position because I like the technical aspect of it and all the different ways to get by the offensive line and get to the quarterback to get the big sack,” he said.

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When asked about a football idol, Leduc said his is perennial Pro-Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, and one of the reasons is rather interesting.

“My idol is JJ. Watt. I have a connection to him because I made the same transition between hockey,” elaborated the St. Peter’s Knights’ standout.

“And I try to emulate his work ethic by going hard to the whistle.”

Leduc has never played an organized football game outside of high school. That will all change when he becomes the second member of his family to participate in the Ontario Prospect Challenge under the lights at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on April 30.

“I was introduced to the OPC by my brother,” Leduc reminisced. “He showed me clips of the game from last year and i thought it looked very professional so I took a shot at playing on a biggest stage in Ontario minor football.”

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The Ottawa native is focussed on learning all he can from some of the province’s premier coaches.

“I am trying to use the resources that I am given with the great coaches provided and learn as much as I can and preform at the top level come game time,” commented Leduc.

That said, he is not putting too much stock into the added pressure of playing in the OPC.

“This will be something new but to me this is just another football game on another field,” he expressed. “I try to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted by all the attention on the game.”

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