Mickey Donovan pleased with team scrimmage

Eight days into training camp, the Concordia Stingers football team ran a 50-play scrimmage under the watchful eyes of Quebec conference officials, and head coach Mickey Donovan was happy with what he saw.

“It’s the first time we went live since we started,” he said. “We went full out tackle and tried to simulate game speed. The first team was pretty sound. We definitely moved the ball well in the air.

“Of course, our quarterback Trenton Miller looked impressive.”

The Stingers focused on the short passing game and not too much on the run. Donovan thought receivers Yanic Lessard, Daniel Skube and newcomer Sam Nadon, a transfer from Simon Fraser University, stood out. He also praised the work of quarterback Colin Sequeira.

Donovan was equally impressed with the defensive play in the scrimmage.

“On defence we were fast, solid up front and did a great job rallying to the ball,” he reported. “Defensive tackle Michael Sanelli looked good and linebacker Mickael Côté looked good as well.

“The secondary is very young, but they showed they know the plays. They work well off each other. They are fast, athletic and physical.”

The team has a well-deserved day off on Monday. The Stingers are back on the field Tuesday. The week of Aug. 29, the team starts to zero in on preparation for the McGill Redmen game on the road at Molson Stadium on Sept. 2.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far,” Donovan said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done to get ready for Sept. 2. We will be ready and we’re looking forward to it.”

– Concordia Stingers Athletics

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