Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Notable Patriot (VIDEO)

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Positions: Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6’0, 210 lbs
Teams: Saint Paul Patriots (high school: NRHSAA), Niagara Spears (junior varsity: OVFL)
Commitment: None
Official Visits: None
Considerations:  Western, Waterloo, Guelph, Acadia, York, McMaster, Queen’s, Toronto, Carleton, McGill, St. Francis Xavier, British Columbia, Simon Fraser (NCAA Division 2)
Class: 2016

Linebacker Teddy Mansell has been playing football for almost eight years.

This past season, Mansell played for the Saint Paul Patriots of the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association (NHRSAA) and spent the summer with the junior varsity Niagara Spears of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

In only eight games with the Spears, he accumulated 110 points, leading the OVFL in defensive points and his team in tackles.

This upcoming season will be Mansell’s first with the senior Spears squad and looks forward to playing at a higher level in order to have a productive season.

During the offseason, the linebacker does many activities to help him stay fit and keep in shape, such as play high school basketball, where his coaches are constantly pushing their fitness levels to improve endurance and stamina as they emphasize intense physical conditioning.

“In addition, I work out at the gym twice a day and continue to practice my football skills and drills all winter,” said Mansell. “I also attend a lot of football camps during the offseason to help keep my fundamentals sharp.”

The linebacker’s main Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) goal is to build on his successes from last year’s game, including being a team captain.

“I want to play hard, lead the team with the most defensive tackles and hopefully win the Defensive MVP again,” added the linebacker.

When 2016 comes around, one of Mansell’s highest goals will be to make the CFC 100 list as he sees it as a great honour.

Ever since Mansell was young, he has always had a competitive spirit. He also enjoys being the underdog since it makes the game more interesting and the victories more rewarding.

“If opponents feel the need to switch their strategy or prepare differently when playing against me (such as double-teaming) I welcome the challenge because it tells me I must be doing my job right and therefore contributing toward my team’s success,” commented the linebacker.

Mansell has made a large impression on the field and has attracted the interest of many university programs such as: Western, Waterloo, Guelph, Acadia, York, McMaster, Queen’s, University of Toronto, Carleton, McGill, St. Francis Xavier and UBC as well as NCAA Division 2’s Simon Fraser.

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