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OUA All-Rookie Team Members Call SJU Home

OUA All-Rookie Team Members Call SJU Home

Date: Monday,January 08, 2018
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced the 2017 OUA football All-Rookie Team early in November, recognizing four players who call St. Jerome’s University home. Leading the University of Waterloo offence, which was described by the OUA as “one of the most potent in the conference”, is Norm Marshall OUA rookie of the year award winning quarterback Tre Ford. Brother and cornerback Tyrell Ford was also named to the All-Rookie squad with fellow Waterloo Warriors offensive tackle Spencer Andrews and defensive tackle Michael Perak. The OUA described the Warriors’ “young talent” as an indicator that “the future is once again bright for Warriors football.”
 
“We are delighted that these fine young athletes have chosen to make St. Jerome’s University their home away from home,” noted Dr. Scott Kline, Vice President Academic and Dean at St. Jerome’s University, federated with the University of Waterloo. “Our residence has been selected as the preferred choice by 33 varsity athletes this year, with many co-registered in the Faculty of Arts through St. Jerome’s University. Our community provides a supportive and caring environment that is ideal for balancing the challenging training and academic schedules of these student athletes.”
 
Warriors Coach Marshal Bingeman extended his congratulations to St. Jerome’s University on having four residents of the OUA All Rookie football team, including the OUA Rookie of the Year Tre Ford, as residents. “The welcoming nature and outstanding facilities of your community are a big part of Tre, Tyrell, Spencer, and Mike choosing to play for the Waterloo Warriors,” stated Bingeman.
 
Perak says that living and studying at St. Jerome’s University definitely has its advantages. “All of my classes are within a 30 second walk,” he noted, adding that the unlimited and quality of the food plan at the University provides athletes with the energy they need to get through their workouts. All of the rookies identified that the amenities on site at the residence are appealing, with the gym being a great asset. “St. Jerome’s University is close to everything,” added Tre.
 
Together is a daily part of the residence experience for these rookies, who do not have far to go to connect with their teammates. Spending time together with other football players and athletes has created what Tyrell describes as “one big SJU community.” Andrews adds that when they are not together, the study rooms in residence “allow you to get the quiet you need.”
 
St. Jerome’s University congratulates the success of these athletes who already have made significant contributions to Warriors football in their rookie year. With bright futures ahead, the community is proud to know that these talented students have chosen to call St. Jerome’s University home.