Chicoutimi Cougar, Lauzon Falcon now a Vert & Or

Sherbrooke continues to grow their 2017 class.

Going to university can be a lonely experience. But, Jean-Simon Guilbert, a linebacker from Cégep de Chicoutimi and Jérémie Verreault, a defensive lineman from Cégep de Lévis Lauzon felt right at home with the University of Sherbrooke Vert & Or.

Jean-Simon Guilbert

Jean-Simon Guilbert jumps for the ball. Courtesy of Jean-Simon Guilbert.

Jean-Simon Guilbert jumps for the ball. Courtesy of Jean-Simon Guilbert.

Jean-Simon Guilbert was first drawn to Sherbrooke for its academics. “The academic part was appealing, as a future electrical engineering student, I was really satisfied with the program that Sherbrooke was offering,” he said.

It was the university’s atmosphere that sealed the deal. “Also, I chose Sherbrooke because of the team spirit that you can feel. Just by visiting, I could feel that there was something special. The guys are close to each other. It really feels like a family,” he said.

“Finally, I really respect and believe in the same values than their new head coach, Coach Lecompte. The coaching staff looks really professional. They know where they are going, and they are enjoyable,” he added.

Guilbert hails from a rather northern part of Québec. He is from a town called Chicoutimi, which is north of Québec City. He spent five years with the high school team, Les Titans du Séminaire De Chicoutimi (RSEQ) and three with Les Cougars du Cégep De Chicoutimi (RSEQ Division 3). The 5’10, 185lbs athlete has also suited up as a defensive back.

In 2015, Guilbert won a “Mérite académique” (academic merit), which is delivered by the RSEQ to a player that stands out because of his grades. He won a second “Mérite académique” this year. He was also nominated to the “Collégiale Division 3” all-star team as a linebacker and was the Cougars’ team’s MVP.

Jérémie Verreault

Courtesy of Jérémie Verreault.

Courtesy of Jérémie Verreault.

Jérémie Verreault, who is from St-Lambert de Lauzon, Québec, a small community south of Québec City, will have less of a drive to his new home in Sherbrooke. “I chose Sherbrooke because their family meets my values and my personality. They integrated me into their family since the first day,” he said. “What I want above all is to write a page of history with my new family!”

The future business administration student spent his high school years with two different teams, Les Vikings d’École secondaire de l’Aubier (RSEQ) and l’Arsenal de l’Académie St-Louis (RSEQ). In cégep, he hit the field with Les Faucons de Lévis Lauzon (RSEQ Division 1). In 2013, the 6’0, 240lbs athlete was a juvenile all-star.




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