Local commits find home with Carabins

Montréal welcomes two local commits to their 2019 class.

Léonardo Sem, a fullback from Collège André-Grasset, and Bertrand Beaulieu, a linebacker from Collège Montmorency, are ready to show the RSEQ why the University of Montréal Carabins have faith in them.

Léonardo Sem

Courtesy of Léonardo Sem.

When it came down to it, the University of Montréal had what Léonardo Sem was looking for. He said he chose the school because they have the program he wants to study, which is physical education. “And they have a really good football team,” he added. “Furthermore, I believe they can win championships and that’s what I like about them. They like to compete, and I like to compete.”

Speaking of compete, the product of Montréal, Québec, said that “the coaching staff is extremely solid. Most of them are winners of the 2014 Vanier Cup.”

In high school, Sem spent five years with Les Kodiaks du Collège Mont-Saint-Louis (RSEQ). He then played three seasons with Les Phénix du Collège André-Grasset (RSEQ Division 1). Last season he was named as the most improved player for Les Phénix.

“Knowing that I played defensive in my high school years, the transition from linebacker and defensive end to fullback was huge,” said Sem, who is 5’9, 220lbs. “Fortunately, the season went really great.” He added that the team won the 2018 Bol d’Or.

Bertrand Beaulieu

Courtesy of Bertrand Beaulieu.

Having grown up in Montréal, Bertrand Beaulieu knows how special it is to play for a hometown team. “For me, it’s an honour to represent my area nationally and be a part of something that will get big,” he said.

Beaulieu also has faith in the team’s coaches. He said they are “really great. They are really sharp, so I got to stay focused and prepare myself mentally to not make too many errors and they will help me get to where I want for sure.”

Standing at 6’2, 235lbs, Beaulieu played for such teams as Les Nomades du Montmorency (RSEQ Division 2), Collège Charles-Lemoyne and the Chateauguay Raiders (QMFL). The 2018 all-star is interested in taking physical education.

With the U Sports season still several months away, Beaulieu has a message to share: “I’m one of the best defenders in the province of Québec and I will make an impact in the other level very soon.”

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