Former SDSS standout off to fast start for Thunderbirds

David Mann has found instant chemistry with the UBC Thunderbirds football team's prize off-season recruit.

The second-year receiver and former South Delta Sun Devils standout has already easily surpassed his 2014 totals in helping the Thunderbirds start the season with a 2-1 record.

Teaming up with Penn State transfer Michael O'Connor at quarterback, Mann has 12 catches for 285 yards to date. That includes three receptions for 99 yards in Saturday's 27-20 win over Regina in front of an estimated 7,000 fans at Thunderbird Stadium on Homecoming Day.

Mann nearly scored his first major of the season, being hauled down on the one-yardline after a 58-yard pass and run play.

The UBC line-up also includes two other SDSS alumni in the starting line-up - linebacker Riley Jones and defensive back Chris Adams. The fourth-year players have been credited with 10 and seven tackles respectively.

Also cracking the Thunderbirds' active roster this season is freshman receiver Bryce Connors who was a key member of David Mann slotback in the second half. South Delta's 2014 provincial AAA championship team. UBC returns to action Saturday at Manitoba.

Meanwhile, Connors' former teammates Jack McDonald and Blake Gau have both earned roster spots at the University of Calgary.

Gau (linebacker) was credited with a tackle in the Dinos' win over UBC two weeks ago.


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