For the first time in history, the Laval Rouge et Or and the UBC Thunderbirds will face off in a preseason game played at the PEPS.
For new head coach Blake Nill, this will be his first game with UBC, but his third visit to Quebec. "I'm excited and it will be a great opportunity for our young team to evolve and face a strong team. It will help them realize what they need to do to achieve the highest levels. "
Nill has no illusions as to the outcome of the match. "We are not Alabama," said the former head coach of the Calgary Dinos and Saint Mary's Huskies, "but Laval will benefit enough to justify our presence. It is certain that this game will be more profitable for us."
"I'm lucky to be the coach outside the Quebec Conference that gets to play Laval, although some might think otherwise because of our record", says Nill. "We have played good games and we've been dominated on other occasions. Our players will get to see the winning culture, preparation and professionalism of the Rouge et Or. "
Although the Thunberdirds had a record of two wins and six losses last year and missed the playoffs, Nill believes that the players are eager to reach a higher level.
"We are not as powerful as my Calgary teams of the past two years, but we have a better team than the Dinos did in 2008 when we played Laval in the Uteck Bowl," he said. "We are bigger. It's funny now, but it wasn't at the time - one of our cornerbacks completely panicked before the game and he was so tense that he needed two physiotherapists to relax. "
In addition to the game, both teams will hold joint training on the 27th and 28th.
As soon as he was appointed to the helm of UBC, Nill contacted the star defensive end Matthew Betts. "That was the first player that I called. He's a special player. I will recruit in BC first, but I hope to reach Quebec in the future. "
Nill has his sights set on transfer Penn State quarterback, Michael O'Connor. "He was visiting Vancouver this past week. As for Alex Skinner, I have not spoken to him recently, but I think he will continue his career in Ontario. "