Photo courtesy of the London Beefeaters
Last season the London Beefeaters had a solid campaign finishing third with a 5-3 record and amassed three shutouts in the Ontario Conference.
Quarterback Clarke McCallum showed tremendous growth completing 91 passes for 1275 yards and seven touchdowns. His top two targets were Cody Young and Spencer Foster who combined for 43 receptions 545 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Due to the Beefeaters success head coach Chris Marshall has been given an opportunity to coach at Western University in U-Sports. The move opens the door for a number of other opportunities and the Beefs are hoping they pay off.
Following the departure of Coach Marshall, London native Jesse Maddox becomes the new head coach. For the past 11 years Maddox has been coaching football in Alberta and has just recently moved back to Ontario. In Alberta he coached the Fort McMurray Monarchs to their second Canadian Major Football League title in 2018. He also coached the Fort McMurray Ravens midget team, and was guest coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and at a number of high school camps.
This season the Beefeaters will wear red jerseys, adding a strong bold clean cut and clear statement of how they would like to look on the field.
They are also changing the culture and vision. They will showcase a strong attention to on and off the field environments and the direction of the Board and Coach Maddox. They are looking to create a fun and very competitive environment for their players on and off the field to be successful in the pursuit of their goals/aspirations of school, work and football.
LB Oscar Reddecop was the Beeefeaters best defender last season and was named an Ontario Conference All-Star. He tallied at team high 28 solo tackles and was a nuisance in the opposition’s backfield adding pressure more often than not and recorded a pair of sacks, had a blocked kick and recovered a fumble.
DL Brendan Hepburn was named an Ontario Conference All-Star following an outstanding season. He led the Beefeaters with four sacks to complement his 14 tackles, one blocked kick and two forced fumbles.
OL Austin Lowe was a rock on the offensive line and was named an Ontario Conference All-Star. He was one of the main reasons for the success of quarterback Clarke McCallum
What They Need:
The Beefeaters need to bulk up their defensive ends. Players with experience at this position are hard to come by much like on the offensive line. Currently they have a great crop of players but time will tell where they stand making the jump from high school to the CJFL.
QBs Clarke McCallum and Jake Pow: McCallum returns for his third season while Pow enters his first in the CJFL after earning a roster spot with the Western Mustangs for the previous two seasons. They are super excited to have two starting calibre leaders under center coming into the year and are looking forward to seeing what both can do starting against the Niagara Regional Raiders in their opener on August 18th.
OL Matt Bettencourt started on the offensive line at Western in 2017 and won a Vanier Cup. He is a big, strong, nasty and someone every team wants protecting their quarterback. The Beefeaters believe he is the best offensive lineman in the country at this level, and are excited to have him be a leader up front.
DB Jacob Mandel has come to London via the GTA Grizzlies last year. He was named an Ontario Conference All-Star after leading the Grizz with 29 tackles, while adding two knockdowns, two forced fumbles and three interceptions.
As the Beefeaters prepare for the 2019 season they have had a huge influx of new players in the last 2-3 months seeing 50-60 new players on top of 30 plus veterans returning. They are very much looking forward to changing this program around and too hit the ground running. Underdog mentality!
For some this coming Saturday is the biggest day of their young lives, as the CJFL presents its National Signing Day.
The day is earmarked every year on June 1st, the day in which players can finally sign with a CJFL club. When a player signs he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.
Some players have attended multiple Spring Camps to get an idea of their best fit. So many considerations are made before signing with a CJFL club; location, team support, roster depth, coaching staff, scholarship program, etc all weighs in on a player’s decision.
National Signing Day is not only exciting for the players, but the coaches as well. Their ideas, hopes and hard work will finally come to fruition as they start to fill their roster spots.
Following Saturday coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if he’s a good fit for their team. That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Saturday.
Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches can begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starters. They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season.
All three Conferences and 18 CJFL teams will participate on Saturday, signing players to their 2019 roster.
Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigning as teams will be posting once a player signs.
The Ottawa Sooners will have a new man at the helm this season as they have announced former star quarterback Wayne Jacobs as their new head coach.
Jacobs enjoyed a very successful playing career which included an outstanding stint quarterbacking the Sooners and was highly recruited across North America. He left Ottawa for Texas to quarterback for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners (NCAA Divison 1). After UTEP, he returned home to be the starting quarterback for the University of Ottawa GeeGees.
Following his collegiate career, Jacobs travelled to Europe to play professionally. He played for the Lyon Falcons (France 1st Division), Landquart/Calanda Broncos (Euro and Swiss Premier League), and the Oslo Vikings (Norwegian 1st Division and Euro Champions League).
Since retiring from his playing days Jacobs has been coaching quarterbacks for over 20 years. His coaching career started at the tender age of 17 at the city and high school level. When his playing career took him to Europe, Jacobs brought his extensive coaching knowledge and passion with him to the European leagues. He served as the offensive coordinator and then head coach of the Oslo Under-19 Team. He also spent time working with the quarterbacks for the Swiss Junior National Team.
Once returning to Canada, Jacobs expanded his resume serving as the quarterback coach for the University of Ottawa GeeGees, the CEGEP d’Outaouais Griffons, the head coach of the Ottawa Invaders, and the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach for the Saint Mary’s University Huskies.
He is currently coaching in Europe, but will return to the Sooners in plenty of time before they open the season August 17th when they travel to Hamilton to take on the Hurricanes.