Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Thunderbird always working to improve (VIDEO)

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Quarterback, Linebacker

4’10, 85 lbs

Forest City Thunderbirds (OFC)
LMFA Wolverines


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Nine-year-old Koen Jajal really likes football, but his favourite part is playing in games.

Although he enjoys learning new skills at different positions, he likes to play quarterback and linebacker.

Koen likes these positions because he is very fast and thinks they are good for him.

Currently, he plays for the Forest City Thunderbirds in the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) and for the London Minor Football Association (LMFA) Wolverines.

The Thunderbird’s goals for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) is to get better at the linebacker position, and increase his speed and footwork, as well as his ability to read and react to the play.

“I want to make the team, but I am nervous about it,” said Koen.

During the offseason, he likes to run to get faster and play competitive soccer for the London Youth Whitecaps, which helps him stay in shape year round and helps with footwork and agility.

He also loves to plat catch with his older brother Kaeden.

Moreover, his football idol is Cam Newton because he is a mobile quarterback.

He also likes Lawrence Taylor because he changed defence forever by being very intense.

“I love to play it because I am naturally good at it and I like being with my teammates,” commented Koen. “I feel very comfortable playing football.”

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