Sherbrooke adds DB, REC to commits

Vert & Or 2017 class grows by two more local commits.

Going into a new locker room can be a jolting experience, but transitioning to a new program together with a teammate makes it a little easier. Defensive back Gaberial Orrego and kicker/receiver Marc-Étienne Dupont from Volontaires Cégep de Sherbrooke (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec Division 2) have both committed to the University of Sherbrooke.

Gabriel Orrego

Courtesy of Gabriel Orrego.

Courtesy of Gabriel Orrego.

Gabriel Orrego has been playing football for four years, starting with the Sherbrooke Bulldogs (Québec Midget Football League). The young football player, who stands at 6’2, 195lbs, was born and raised in Sherbrooke.

“What motivated me was staying at home and being apart of the team that I used to go see with my dad when I was younger,” he said of his decision to sign with the Vert & Or.

When asked about the team’s coaches, Orrego said that he believes it is very important for the coaches to care about their players. “In Sherbrooke, there is definitely a strong relationship between coaches and the players,” he added.

In 2013, he received an all-star team mention in the QMFL. When he joins the Vert & Or, he said he is interested in going into primary education or physical education. He added that he would like to be a teacher.

In the end, he said, “I came to the University of Sherbrooke to succeed in my hometown and see the team I love win.”

Marc-Étienne Dupont

Marc-Étienne Dupont (#11) jumps for the ball. Courtesy of Marc-Étienne Dupont.

Marc-Étienne Dupont (#11) jumps for the ball. Courtesy of Marc-Étienne Dupont.

Marc-Étienne Dupont, who is 6’2, 185lbs has been in and around football for nine years, having spent five years with the Barons du Séminaire de Sherbrooke (RSEQ Juvenile Division 2) and four years with the Volontaires. During his career, he has been named as an all-star three times. He also calls Sherbrooke his hometown, which played a role in his decision to commit to the Vert & Or.

“I chose this team because I’m from Sherbrooke and I have also played with some guys out there. I like the vibe there,” he said. Dupont also added that he will be studying business in university.

The Vert & Or coaching staff will look a bit different next year after it was announced that the team would not be renewing head coach David Lessard’s contract. “I don’t know what to think about it but during my college years, I had three different head coaches so it won’t be hard for me to adapt,” Dupont said.

“I can’t wait to get back on the field,” he said.

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