#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team West Sophomore WR Osinga a dual-threat

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

Chase Osinga has always been about the team, and never shied away from taking steps to improve his game.

“I feel that my team-first attitude and willingness to learn new skills has made me a fast learner and then being able to put them into practise when playing,” said the Niagara Spears standout. “I have had some great coaches with the skill set to teach me the game and a few tricks.”

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Osinga has, for the most part, played wideout his entire career with the Niagara Regional Minor Football Association (NRMFA), the Spears & Niagara Generals of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), and the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs of the Niagara Regional High School Athletics Association (NRHSSA).

He added quarterback to his repertoire upon his entrance into high school in 2014, and has grown to love playing both positions.

“When playing wide receiver I love going up for a ball with DB around me and coming down with it,” elaborated the dual-threat offensive star. “When playing quarterback it’s all about the perfect throw and catch,” he added.

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Osinga says he doesn’t look up to one professional player, but models his game after a multitude of players.

“I enjoy watching football and trying to pick up different things from all different players.”

On April 30, Osinga will suit up for the Team West Sophomore squad in his third Ontario Prospect Challenge.

“[This year], it gives me a chance to work on my skills against well-established DB’s,” he said of the 2016 event. “Everyone is the same age this year and in the past I was one of the younger ones. I also have a good group of coaches this year that seem to get everyone involved on the team.”

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The 6’2, 195-pounder says he is approaching this game like any other he has ever played, but is also focussed on soaking in the atmosphere this time around.

“I approach every game like its a new game. I’m not a real emotional player so I take everything in stride,” expressed Osinga. “I just want to go out and hopefully have an opportunity to make some plays and have fun.”

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Having played in two OPC’s, two OVFL Championship games and an International Bowl, the big stage is nothing new to the Niagara native.

“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in some big cames in the past through my OVFL experience and international experience,” he recalled. “So it really doesn’t bother me.”

 

 

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