Rebuild magnetism

Team Alberta standouts latest additions for CWUAA team

Two Alberta offensive standouts have decided to stay locally for the next chapter of their gridiron careers.

Colby Miller and Joel Johnson are the most recent recruits to join the Alberta Golden Bears for the 2014 season.


The 6’0, 190 pound receiver from Stony Plain, Alberta said there were several reasons why he committed to the Golden Bears.

One of the reasons has to do with the current roster of players as well as the team’s 2014 recruiting class.

“There are a lot of my old Spruce Grove teammates that are already playing there,” explained Miller. “Also a large amount of the guys I played with this summer for Team Alberta have already committed.”

“Just having that chemistry with other players from past experiences makes me feel that it will be an easy transition into the program.”

Another factor in his decision was the opportunity to play for Head Coach Chris Morris.

“I really am intrigued by the chance of being a part of the rebuild going on over there and under Morris and his staff, there is no way the program won’t be on the rise,” explained the Alberta standout.  “The atmosphere surrounding the program is one of change and it is a change I really hope I can be a part of.”

This fall, Miller is playing for his high school team, Spruce Grove Panthers of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA).  His stats so far this season are impressive – 657 receiving yards on 28 receptions, and nine receiving touchdowns.  Additionally, he accumulated 56 rushing yards on three carries and one rushing touchdown.

This past summer, the Alberta receiver represented his home province as a member of Team Alberta at the 2013 Football Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.  The team brought home the silver medal after losing the gold medal game against Team Quebec. Mitchell has previously played for Stony Plain Bombers.

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The 6’1, 185 pound slotback from Calgary, Alberta committed to the school for academic and personal reasons.

“I chose University of Alberta because it has the program that I want to take in university,” commented Johnson.  “The university is close to home but also far enough away.”

“I have lots of family and friends that are also attending the school which will help me transition easily from high school to post-secondary.”

Ultimately, the Calgary slotback is looking forward to contributing to the Golden Bears for many years to come.

“The football program at University of Alberta is rebuilding and on the rise,” added Johnson.  “I want to be a part of that.”

Johnson will join the Golden Bears after playing high school football for Ernest Manning Griffins of Calgary High School Athletic Association (CHSAA). This past summer, he won a silver medal representing Team Alberta at the 2013 Football Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick.


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