Raiding Alberta (VIDEO)

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Winnipeg defensive back recently joins CWUAA team’s 2014 class.

Michael Penner is moving provinces to commence his CIS career.

Recently, the 5’9, 190 pound defensive back from Winnipeg, Manitoba signed with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.  Penner will join the team for the 2014 CWUAA season.

“I chose the University of Alberta for a couple of reasons,” explained Penner of his decision.  “I was impressed with their commitment to academic excellence and their football program.”

“After sitting down with Head Coach (Chris) Morris and hearing the plans he has for developing the program and his dedication to getting his athlete’s through their chosen degrees the decision was easy; it felt like a great opportunity for me. I look forward to working hard in the gym and on the field with hope of wearing the colours of the Golden Bears.”

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Penner completed a three year stint with Oak Park Raiders of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL) where he played at the cornerback, halfback and safety positions as well as on special teams as a punt returner.  This past season, he registered 47 tackles, caught four interceptions and had four forced fumbles while he was a defensive captain for the team. For his exceptional play, he was named Raiders Co-Defensive Player of the Year, nominee for WHSFL Elite Defensive Player, a nod to the WHSFL Honour Roll and a WHSFL All-Star selection.

Previous to the Raiders, the defensive standout suited up for the Crestwood Grizzlies.  During his time there, Penner played at both the running back and linebacker positions.

In July 2013, Penner represented his home province as a member of Team Manitoba at the Football Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“I have spent the last 3 years working hard in the gym, having made some of my biggest gains in the last year working out with Elite Fitness here in Winnipeg,” added Penner.  “Jeff Fisher puts together a great program for not only developing great young players but also for CFL and CIS players.”


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