Ottawa recruit signs with McMaster (VIDEO)

Ottawa offensive lineman joins OUA team’s 2015 class

In the coming weeks, Andrew Pye will be moving to Hamilton to begin his CIS journey.

Recently, the 6’3, 320 pound offensive lineman (guard/center) signed with the McMaster Marauders. Pye will join the Yates Cup Champions for the 2015 OUA season.

The main reason Pye opted for the Marauders because of the coaching staff.

“Coach [Stefan] Ptaszek is a great man on and off the field and runs a very successful program at Mac, I was also very impressed with how Coach [Jon] Behie ran the offense,” explained the offensive lineman of his decision.  “Most of all I was impressed by Coach [Jason] Riley as he is the most knowledgeable offensive line coach that I have ever met and I truly believe he is the best man to help me bring my game to the next level.”

Additionally, the emphasis on academic was central to his decision to sign with the Marauders.

“Mac is an amazing academic school and I also like that Coach Ptaszek always believes in academic first, because at the end of the day football is fun but the most important part of university is getting your degree,” added Pye.

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Finally, the offensive lineman felt at ease and a sense of belonging when he visited the Hamilton, Ontario campus multiple times.

“I have never been in a locker room where the team was so tight and really embodied what a team and family should be,” expressed Pye.  “The feeling of family doesn’t end in the locker room.”

“The school itself is very welcoming and everyone that I met on my visits really made me want to attend the university even if I wasn’t a football player.”

Pye, who is a native of Montreal but has lived in Ottawa for the past twelve years, began his career with the Nepean Redskins of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA).  Furthermore, he suited up for the Ottawa Myers Riders of both the NCAFA as well as Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

During his career which spans nine seasons, the offensive lineman has won five championships.  This past season with NCAFA’s Nepean Eagles, he was selected as a league midget All-Star.

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