While the McGill University Redbirds are last in the Quebec Student Sports Network (RSEQ) rankings, the University of Montreal Carabiniers (UdeM) will have to keep a close eye on Eloa Latendresse-Regimbald on Saturday. .
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In recent seasons, few first-year quarterbacks have looked as promising as this Montreal pivot. Even before his highly successful stint at Cégep Vanier, the 6’4″ senior was long talked about.
“He is a player who has shown great skill in his first three games. We all knew him in Quebec because he had a great college career and even before that, Carabiniers head coach Marco Iadeluca explained Thursday. He is a very explosive player that we call a “dual threat”. He is as dangerous with his legs as his arm. If you blink for a second, he will accuse you.”
Defender Kaylyn St-Cyr is also a veteran of the Vanier program, but she didn’t have an opportunity to play with Latendresse-Regimbald. The Blues veteran is still close to that school and the new Redbirds player has become a friend.
“During practices, we often compare him to Lamar Jackson because he can do so much with the pass and the run. This is part of the strategy with which we will approach the game,” said St-Cyr.
McGill University did not win any of their first three games. At home at Stade Percival-Molson, his players will starve. It is only a matter of time, according to many, before the Redbirds become as big a threat as the Carabiniers or the Université Laval Rouge et Or.
“I think the league is more balanced this year. All teams have excellent defenders. These are the best quarterbacks I’ve seen since I’ve been in the Quebec conference,” Yadeluca said.
And the defeats, although repeated, will not affect Latendresse-Regimbald, former teammate Jonathan Mutombo, who is now a member of the Blues.
“He’s a really competitive, never-give-up guy. When we played Vanier, even though we lost a lot, he was always the one leading the team. He never gave up,” assured the 20-year-old defensive player.
“Eloa is performing better than expected in his first varsity season,” Mutombo said. Just having him there will help attract players to McGill. In the following seasons, they will be much stronger than before.
The Carabins defensive unit is one of the best in Quebec this season, and a problem like McGill’s pivot doesn’t scare the players. With only one offensive touch in the last two matches, UdeM can try to revive the attack against a team that has already scored 100 points in three games.
Jonathan Mutombo will be patient
Jonathan Mutombo, a teammate of Eloa Latendresse-Regimbald for three years with the Cégep Vanier Cheetahs, also had the chance to receive an offer from a university team after his college career. The defender is still waiting for his first opportunity with the University of Montreal Carabiniers, but he will be patient.
There’s no point in going too fast for a 20-year-old. The Blues’ defensive unit is already very important, allowing Mutombo to continue to learn in training.
Last year, he led the Collegiate Premier League with 41.5 sacks, including 21 sacks. He is still highly rated by Carabiniers coach Marco Yadeluca, who has yet to field him.
“I live it very well. I know that the University of Montreal is a very prestigious institution with very good players. I wasn’t going there to directly make my place, but to learn more and become the best version of myself. I think I’ve grown as a player since I’ve been here and I’m stronger than before,” Mutombo assured on the phone on Thursday.
For defender Kaylyn St-Cyr, every player is important, regardless of their role on the team. Also a graduate of Vanier College, the third-year veteran can use his wealth of experience to help his teammate.
“The key is to really support him and say it’s part of the process. If I compare his situation to mine, I haven’t played much in 2019. Despite his talent, there are a lot of guys who can handle that,” explained St-Cyr, who gradually took the 6’3″ and 220 lb colossus under his wing.
“I get along very well with him. He has a lot of talent and a lot of potential. He needs to be reminded not to give up. We all go through it a little bit,” he said.
Mutombo believes he will have playing time by the end of the season, but he declined to dwell on the subject. Now it will be decided by the coaching staff.