Mountie pride on the gridiron has had a strong presence since 1955. In the 2012 season, several individual Football Mountie success stories have continued to instill pride in our team and in our school.
As the season concluded, three major announcements were made when two Mounties made their mark on the CFL and another was honoured as a national university rookie of the year nominee.
Former Mountie great and two-time Hec Crighton winner Eric Lapointe was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame, 12 years after he graduated from Mount Allison. Third-year Mounties' defensive standout Akwasi Antwi was named to the Calgary Stampeders' roster and had a great year. And all-star defensive tackle Jacob LeBlanc was named the 2011 AUS Rookie of the Year and a nominee as the CIS Rookie of the Year. LeBlanc was then named to the IFAF World Team (Under-19s) and was selected to play against Team USA at the International Bowl in Austin, Texas.
Akwasi says, “I was ecstatic to hear I was drafted. It’s safe to say every CIS player dreams of playing pro, and for me to actually get the opportunity coming from a small school in Sackville, NB, I was really happy and surprised. I guess even when you think no one is looking, someone is always looking.”
LeBlanc, a past athlete of the year at J.L. Ilsley High School in Halifax, NS, felt Mount Allison was a great fit for him.
“The reason I came to Mount A was mostly because of its good combination between the school, the coaching, and the other players. It felt like a good place to be. Mount A is a great home away from home... I don't think I could have made a better choice.”