Newest recruit to football team warms to campus

April 07, 2005, vol. 32, no. 7
By Marianne Meadahl

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Ingram Jaccard knows a thing or two about global warming having a father - SFU professor Mark Jaccard - who is an internationally known expert on greenhouse gas reduction.

But the young Jaccard's expertise is football, and his abilities are also generating some heat. Named B.C.'s high school 2004 AA football player of the year, Ingram will bring his skills to campus this fall as a member of the Clan.

Ingram joins the Clan as a backup quarterback and defensive back. But it's his overall athleticism that caught coach Chris Beaton's eye.

“To begin our recruiting season with a young, talented quarterback who is capable of doing so much more is just an excellent start for us,” says Beaton, noting Ingram's strength as a well-rounded athlete. “We liked him because even though we wanted a quarterback, we wanted someone really athletic who could play other positions. He just stood out.

During his last season in high school play Ingram threw seven touchdown passes and scored 13 rushing touchdowns. The NFL Canada scholarship recipient also shone on defence, picking off five passes, including one returned for a touchdown and recording 64 tackles. His influence was also felt on special teams.

Courted by both SFU and UBC and with the potential to play for other Canadian/U.S. universities, the young athlete felt SFU was the right fit.

The move pleased his dad, an SFU alumnus and former Burnaby South high school football team most valuable player (MVP) and captain. The pair will share their commute to campus. “Ingram seems made for football,” says Jaccard, who didn't pursue the sport after high school.

Jaccard's three sons spent several years playing hockey before Ingram, the oldest, tried football. He played with a community team in Coquitlam until the sport was serendipitously resurrected in his hometown of New Westminster. Two years ago the New Westminster Hyacks program was re-established. Coach Farhan Lalji enlisted dozens of students at New Westminster secondary school including Ingram.

“Given the excellent young man that he is, he soon became a mentor and quickly shone on the field,” says Lalji, a former sports information officer at SFU who now works for TSN. “I can't say enough good things about Ingram,” says Lalji.

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