McGill offers mix of education, football

McGill adds two local commits and one Québec commit to their 2020 class.

Benjamin Bergeron, a running back from College St-Lambert, Cedric Dabady, a running back from Cégep de l’Outaouais, and Marlow Darius d’Pri Simmons, a wide receiver from John Abbott College, are excited to be members of the McGill football family.

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Benjamin Bergeron

For Benjamin Bergeron, it was all about opportunity. He said it’s one of the reasons why he chose McGill. “I was thrilled when the coaching staff saw my ability to create yards after carry and yards after catch in open field situations, and they want to take advantage of that to pick apart opposing defences,” he said.

“The coaching staff is amazing! I had great coaches at Champlain and had a great relation with my head coach Shawn Mayne,” Bergeron added. “Therefore, for my decision, I wanted to go somewhere where I could relate to my Champlain experience.”

Standing at 5’6, 185lbs, Bergeron is a versatile running back and can be used as receiver, kick returner and punt returner. He said he is excited to start working with the team’s running back coach. “He will help me improve my game and make me an excellent U Sports athlete,” he added.

In terms of education, Bergeron will be applying to the physical education program. He said that there are many players in that program already “Therefore, if every I need help with assignments, course selection and all, I am surrounded by a great group of teammates and coaches that can help me academically,” he said.

During his three-year career, he played solely for the Champlain Saint-Lambert Cavaliers (RSEQ Division 3). He won a leadership award in his second year. This season, he is hoping to with either an offensive player award or team MVP award.

Before leaving his cégep team, Bergeron said he wants to give a special shout out to Shawn Mayne, his coach, for being a role model in his life even outside of football. He also said thank you to his teammates and brothers Krys Isidore, Thomas Raphael, Olivier Joly and Zachary Brossard.

“I know I’m missing a lot of people to thank,” he said, “but honestly I want to acknowledge everyone who helped me get to this point in my life and football career!”

Cedric Dabady

With his focus on his post-football future, Dabady is in good hands at McGill.

“Honestly, I felt as if this school was a perfect mix of education and football. Those two aspects are very important to me, and it’s necessary for me to excel at both,” said Dabady, who is interested in architecture. “So, the thought of going to one of the top schools in Canada education-wise and being a part of their team made my choice pretty clear.”

He added that he met the coaches a few times and felt they are great. “They do a great job at making you like a member of the team from the start. The coaching staff is also probably one of the factors that got me leaning towards McGill,” Dabady said.

A five-year veteran, Dabady has played for Le Cyclone de Grande-Rivière (RSEQ) and Les Griffons de Cégep de l’Outaouais (RSEQ Division 2). He also participated in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge. In 2015, he was named ‘offensive player of the year’ in high school. He also won a Division 3 championship in 2015 and 2016. Dabady, who is 6’0, 210lbs, is from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

Marlow Darius d’Pri Simmons

When Marlow Simmons was browsing schools, it became a family affair. “My mother loved the school. She fell in love and once she fell in love, her sister fell in love, and then the love just grew from person to person and I knew it was going to be my choice,” he said.

It wasn’t just his family feeling the love, either. The coaching staff caught Simmons’s attention as well. “They have great character. I went out to dinner with them and really couldn’t stop laughing, a place I could really be myself,” he said. “Head Coach Ron was once a dog, and I know he has plan to create a bunch more.”

Hailing from Montréal, Québec, Simmons played for A-Ma-Baie, the North Shore Lions (NSFL) and North Shore Mustangs (NSFL). In cégep he played for the John Abbott Islanders (RSEQ Division 2). Simmons, who is 6’0, 185lbs, was also a member of the Monstars all-star team. He participated in the FPC as well.

“It was very interesting as it was my first experience of out-of-province talent,” said the potential psychology or economics student.

In his first season with the Islanders, he was named ‘rookie of the year’ and to the all-star team. He was a league all-star the following year. While with the Mustangs, he was named league offensive player of the year.

With post-secondary football in his sights, Simmons’s goal is simple: “I just want to be great.”

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