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
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
"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.