SMU becomes dream realized for local recruit

Bedford linebacker joins AUS team’s 2015 class

Matt Bayne will be continuing his CIS gridiron and academic pursuits in his own backyard.

Last week, the Saint Mary’s Huskies announced that the 6’1, 180 pound linebacker from Bedford, Nova Scotia has committed to their football program.

Bayne comes to the Huskies after completing his career with Charles P Allen Cheetahs of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL). During his time with the team, the linebacker received several honours including three consecutive NSSAFFL Division 1 All-Star selections (2012-2014) as well as Cheetahs Co-Defensive MVP (2014).

Additionally, the linebacker has previously suited up for both the Metro Mustangs of the Nova Scotia Indoor Spring League (NSISL) and Bedford Saints. He began his gridiron journey at the age of eight with the Saints.

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Not only has Bayne been successful as a linebacker, he has played at the defensive back position as well as playing a significant role on special teams as a punt return specialist.

“We are extremely happy to add a student athlete like Matt to the SMU football family,” commented Huskies Head Coach Perry Marchese.

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For his part, the commitment to the Huskies is a dream realized for Bayne.

“I wanted to take business and SMU has a great reputation and Business School I have enjoyed growing up in Halifax and watching the Huskies,” expressed the Nova Scotia defensive standout.  “It was my first football game that I attended as a kid.”

“It is a local school and it will be nice to play at home. Everyone who was involved with showing me the school and the whole recruiting process was impressive.”



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