The Cégep Beauce-Appalaches Condors football team was founded in 1972. It took nearly 50 years, but offensive lineman Christopher Fortin was the program’s first product to break into the NCAA with the University of Connecticut Huskies.
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“It’s a great honor because I want to help pave the way for the next cantors who want to play in America. I know Jean-François Boss. [entraîneur de la ligne offensive] We were able to bring fellows to Canadian universities every year.
“Like Mark Loranger, I know I can get better every day with his training [entraîneur-chef]It helped me a lot to get into America,” noted the fellow from Saint-René.
Ford joined “UConn” in 2020, but his first season was canceled due to COVID-19. Since last season, he’s made up for lost time seeing a lot of ground as a blocker and guard.
“Last season, I was ready at times. This season, we have a good rotation of players on the offensive line. I play all positions, and I joke that I’m not a Swiss army knife, but a Canadian army knife. In my first game against Utah State, I played four positions. .It’s very rewarding to see them believe in me so much,” he said.
Ford is excited to have Jim Mora, a former NFL head coach with the Falcons and Seahawks, leading his team.
“He treats the team like an NFL club. It brings us a professional atmosphere considering we are student-athletes,” he noted.
Ford may have continued his college career in Quebec, but the lure of a Division 1 team south of the border was too strong.
“I got opportunities in Canada but wanted to go to camps in the US to showcase my talent. It was enough to get the coaches talking about me and inviting me to visit. Even though I wouldn’t spit on U Sports, I knew in that moment that I would live the dream of being a Division 1 player in the NCAA.
“Buffalo offered me a scholarship as well, but once I got to UConn and saw the campus and the field and talked to the coaches, I realized I was already at home. Why go somewhere else when you feel good? He expressed confidence.”
Big game in Michigan
Tomorrow, at noon, Quebec soccer fans will get a chance to spy Christopher Fortin as part of a scrimmage against a bigger rival. The student-athlete will live a unique experience in the famous Big House of the Michigan Wolverines, a stadium that can seat more than 100,000 people.
“I’m really excited. The Big House is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. The atmosphere will be great. Of course, when I get to the stadium, I have to pinch myself,” he laughed.
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