September 5, 2003  
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Mustangs offense

By: Ian Denomme

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 Canada.

As a freshman, Fantuz broke the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record for receiving yards in a season with 1300 en route to being named the CIS Rookie of the Year. He also set new Western records for most receptions with 57 and touchdowns with 12. Barring any "sophomore jinx" Fantuz should be the go-to-guy for Hessel.

Hessel returns from an impressive season of his own setting new Mustang records for passing with 2806 yards, touchdown passes with 21, attempts (255) and completions (158).

Returning starters Guillaume Leroux, Jay Leroy and Christian Heffernan will also be important targets for Hessel. Running back Drew Soleyn returns from an all-star season and will give the Mustangs a dangerous running game.

With the depth on offense this year, head coach Larry Haylor is confident his offense is one of the best in the country.

"We've been blessed with depth and quality of talent, which will make it difficult for opposing defenses," Haylor said. "We have a dynamic running game and the greatest speed we've ever had."

With so many talented offensive players, outsiders may think ball distribution and players' egos would become a factor, but Haylor was quick to put those concerns to rest.

"We have created an environment where egos are subservient to the team. I'm sure Andy [Fantuz] would trade half his catches for a trip to the Vanier Cup. Individual achievements usually come as a result of team achievements."

Fantuz agreed the Mustangs offense looks very positive.

"We have the possibility to be good. We're fast and aggressive and have a lot of our offensive line back with good recruits."

If the offense can duplicate and improve on last season's performance, they have the potential to be one of the top offenses in Canada.



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