Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Thundering Gemini

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Positions: Linebacker (Strong, Middle, Weak)
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215lbs
Teams: Glendale Gemini (high school: TVRAA), Forest City Thunderbirds (OFC)
Commitment: None
Official Visits: Wilfird Laurier, Windsor
Considerations: Western, Wilfrid Laurier, Guelph, Windsor, Carleton, Open
Class: 2016

Linebacker Liam Spencer first hit the gridiron in his grade nine year for his high school team, the Glendale Gemini of the Thames Valley Region Athletic Association (TVRAA), and has since played the past few seasons with the team.

The summer after his grade 10 year, Spencer joined the Forest City Thunderbirds of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC), where he has spent two seasons.

During the past few years, he has had the honour of being captain twice, and has won multiple awards including Team Defensive All-Star and Defensive Unit of the Year.

The Gemini standout regularly goes to the gym to workout during the offseason, and to a field or track to improve his footwork, speed, agility and explosiveness.

“I also organize and participate in team activities to help prepare my high school team for upcoming seasons and I sign up for camps and other teams,” said Spencer. “I talk to coaches that have seen me play to ask for constructive criticism on my game so I know what areas I need to better myself in.”

The linebacker’s goals for the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) is to continue to get exposure, play with the top players across the province and better himself while competing against the best. He also hopes to show coaches that he already knows that he has improved drastically.

On top of the OPC, Spencer hopes to find himself on the CFC 100 list in his graduating year to show that he is a good player with a good attitude that can be an asset to a CIS team.

Spencer loves football for many reasons, including the teamwork.

“It is a game unlike any other, where it doesn’t matter how skilled one specific player is,” explains the Gemini, who also finds the coaches he meets as inspirational role models. “Every person on the field has an important responsibility that they must take care of or else there is no success; everyone must be on the same page.”

Overall, the game gives him an avenue to get away from the daily routine grind.

“When I play I can’t be bothered by anything and my mind is clear and focused,” added Spencer. “It is a temporary escape from everything in life that allows me to focus on my responsibility as a teammate and player.”


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