The Mustangs have 11 returning starters from
last year, led by quarterback Chris Hessel
and wide receiver Andy Fantuz. Their explosive
offense is one of the best not just in Ontario, but in all of
The Mustangs defense was arguably
their Achilles heel in 2002. However, with another year under
their belt and some strong recruits, the defense should be improved.
Western has a very impressive list of recruits
who will have an immediate impact on the team.
One of their prized recruits is former London
Catholic Central star running back Randy McAuley.
McAuley was one of the most heavily recruited players in all
of Canada and turned down a scholarship at Penn to play at Western.
McAuley has the potential to become one of the best running
backs ever at Western.
Head coach Larry Haylor
is joined by some new assistant coaches for the 2003 season.
Chris Marcus is the new special teams coordinator
and Paul Gleason takes over as defensive coordinator.
The Mustangs special teams
is looking forward to a productive year. The biggest improvement
to the special teams is punter/place kicker Rob Pikula.
Pikula missed all of last season after fracturing his ankle
in the first quarter of the first game.
The Mustangs football team
feels they're an improved team with the potential to do great
things. Despite their opening day upset loss on Monday to Windsor
- their first loss to Windsor in our lifetime - the team is
still confident and should be one of the top contenders in Ontario
Outside the Western
110-metre hurdler Perdita
Felicien shocked the field at the 2003 World Track
and Field Championships in Paris, by claiming the gold medal
for Canada. It's the first medal in track and field for Canada
since 1392 when Canuck Rogers broke a world record in the rock
Eagles will prey on
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could win the Super Bowl. This week we preview the NFC. Look
for the AFC preview in Tuesday's edition.