Crusading to London

Manitoba running back one of nine CFC TOP 100 players to commit to Yates Cup Champions

After much consideration, CFC TOP 100 Alex Taylor has finally made his decision.

The 5’10, 190 pound running back  from Winnipeg, Manitoba will be planning a move to London, Ontario this fall. Taylor has signed with the Western Mustangs for the 2014 OUA season.

“Alex Taylor is an outstanding running back,” commented Mustangs Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Chris Bertoia.  “We’ve had a chance to watch him excel on the field both live and on film for over two years as dominant member of Team Manitoba at the Football Canada Cup and as a member of a championship team at St. Paul’s.”

“He is a very good student; he has a great attitude and really is a pleasure to be around.”

The Mustangs are looking forward to having Taylor’s playmaking abilities on the team’s offensive unit.

“He is a running back that fits into what we do, he’s a complete back,” assessed Bertoia.  “He has good speed, he can run through tackles, he can make defenders miss in the open field, he has good hands catching the ball and he has also proven to be a good blocker. “

“His accomplishments on the field have been recognized in the city of Winnipeg, and at the Football Canada Cup tournament.  We’re excited to have Alex Taylor join or university and football program.”

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This past season, Taylor led the St. Paul’s Crusaders of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) to their third consecutive Provincial ‘AAA’ Avanets Bowl Championship.  The league recognized his play on the field in 2013 by awarding him the Potter Division Offensive Elite Performance Centre Player of the Year.

While playing on the ‘AA’ team in his rookie season, the running back was named Offensive Player of the Year.

Previous to the Crusaders, the CFC TOP 100 player suited up for the St. Vital Mustangs, where he was Team MVP three times.

Taylor has also represented his home province at two Football Canada Cup tournaments – 2012 in London, Ontario and 2013 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

With Taylor’s commitment, the Mustangs now have nine CFC TOP 100 players.  The elite group includes linebacker Jean-Gabriel Poulin, receiver Malcom Lee, linebacker Philippe Dion, receiver Zach Marcus, linebacker Noah Usherwood, running back Mitchell Smiley as well as offensive linemen Gregoire Bouchard and Aarmin Purewal.



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