Springbank’s Teitz named to U SPORTS East-West Game
Monday, Mar 06, 2017 06:00 am
Springbank’s Micah Teitz is taking the next step towards his goal of playing professional football after being named to the west roster for the annual U SPORTS East-West Bowl March 1.
The linebacker gets the opportunity to compete against the top players heading into their fourth year of university football and will be able to showcase his talents to scouts ahead of the 2018 Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft.
“I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I started university,” Teitz said. “It’s been one of my goals from the beginning, so I am very excited about it.
“This is a big step in the whole CFL process. (Making the CFL) has been a goal of mine in my football career.”
Although Teitz’s third year of university football ended in heartbreaking fashion when he and the University of Calgary (UofC) Dinos fell to the Université Laval Rouge et Or 31-26 in the 52nd Vanier Cup, he is already back training for his fourth, and likely final, year with the Dinos.
Being named to the roster representing the west means Teitz will join 44 other third-years representing the Canada West conference and western schools out of the Ontario University Athletics conference.
Through the early stages of the top prospects’ game, the west was the team to beat, winning its first of five titles in 2003. In 2008, the east began its own domination, winning six of the next eight titles before the west got back to its winning ways in 2016.
Teitz said he hopes to help the west start another string of wins at this year’s game.
“Having a Canada West team in the Vanier Cup this past season just goes to show how strong the west is,” he said.
Teitz will be joined by six other Dinos in Quebec City at the game including fellow lineback Boston Rowe, who led the Dinos in tackles last season with 53.5, just beating out Teitz’s 52 in eight regular season games.
“I like playing with Boston. He’s an excellent player as well,” Teitz said. “(Us both going) shows how dominant the Calgary linebackers have been, not just last year, but over the past 10 years.”
Teitz said having a group of players around that he is comfortable with will help him in his game when the west takes to the field May 8.
As Teitz prepares to head into his fourth year at UofC, he is hoping to make an impact in the league and perhaps get noticed so he will have his name called during the 2018 edition of the CFL Draft.
One goal Teitz has set for himself ahead of everything else is winning the Vanier Cup for the Dinos – something that has eluded the school since 1995.
“Personal goals are nice, but football is a team sport and I couldn’t get the success that I’ve had without the guys on my team.
“This year we’re going to be so strong, especially on the defence. That will help carry the team to another Vanier Cup,” he said.