Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: LB hoping to appeal to universities

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5’10, 195 lbs

Myers Riders (OVFL)
Kanata Knights (NCAFA)


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Andrew Holmes has been playing the sport for eight years. He has played as a fullback, a slotback, a defensive and now linebacker.

He got his start back in Grade five in his local football organization, the Smiths Falls Minor Football, where he played for six years.

He then moved on to play four seasons with St. John High School in Perth, Ontario.

Moreover, last year he played with the senior varsity Myers Riders in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) in the summer and with the National Capital Amateur Football Association’s (NCAFA) midget Kanata Knights in the fall.

In the offseason, Andrew lifts weights and does speed training to help prepare for the upcoming season.

In this year’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC), there are a few key objectives he would like to achieve.

“My goals for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) are to make the varsity team and then to have a prominent impact during the game next spring,” said Andrew. “I hope to be seen by several of the universities attending.”

On the field, his role model is Adam Bighill, a linebacker for the BC Lions in the CFL.

Bighill just recently won the Defensive Most Outstanding Player at the CFL Awards in Winnipeg.

“I look up to Adam Bighill because he’s shown that undersized players can play and compete at a high level,” commented the Riders standout. “I also love the style and passion he plays with.”

“He is a tough hard nosed player who also has speed and can practically do it all on the field,” added Adam.

He loves the sport because there is no other game like it.

“The physicality of the game tests me mentally and physically,” explained Andrew. “I feel at home when I play football, I can be myself and do what I do best.”

“Football is also a way I can myself to be better and maintain playing at a high level.”

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