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SFU Clan football head coach Dave Johnson last year with now graduated wide receiver Chris Passaglia.

Clan football eyes biggest ever offensive line

August 14, 2008

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By Scott McLean

One thing SFU Clan football head coach Dave Johnson knew heading into fall training camp this month: the wait staff at the on-campus dining hall better be ready.

Johnson welcomed approximately 120 student-athletes Aug. 8 for the 2008 edition of the Clan football team, among them possibly the biggest offensive line in SFU history.

“We had the opportunity this year of being able to undertake some targeted recruiting,” said Johnson, who enters his second season at the helm. “We have brought some guys in who, when I look across the board at our offensive line, are going to be big. I’m talking 6-5, 6-7, 6-4, 300-pound guys who can play.”

Johnson was able to pinpoint for his recruiting class because he had the benefit this time around of a full off-season. After taking over the Clan in February of 2007, the former UBC head coach was forced to hit the ground running, taking a self-described ‘shotgun’ approach to the recruiting trail.

“We just had to go out and get anyone who could suit up to come in and compete,” says the former Vanier Cup champion defensive coordinator. “After playing a full season, and seeing who and what we had to work with, we were able to target positions accordingly, and bring in guys who can help us immediately.”

While there will be many new faces on the offensive side of the ball with the departures of Aaron Hargreaves (now with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers), Jason Marshall (graduation) and Chris Passaglia (graduation), the defensive side of the ball will feature veterans Anthony DesLauriers (Surrey) and Thomas Pearce (North Vancouver) in the secondary.

One of the highlights of training camp will be the second annual Alumni Scrimmage and Family Barbeque, which takes place on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. on Terry Fox Field (A highlight video of the first ever Alumni Scrimmage can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2iYK3IFW34).

SFU opens their regular season at home Aug. 23 against the UBC Thunderbirds at Swangard Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.
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