Golden Bears football opens training camp on Monday

    The Golden Bears open the 2019 season at home on August 30th vs Calgary

    By Connor Hood on August 12, 2019

    EDMONTON - Looking to claim a spot in the Canada West playoffs for the second time in three seasons, the Alberta Golden Bears football team begins their 2019 season on Monday with the start of training camp.

    The Bears will start camp with player meetings, medicals and testing on Monday, with practices starting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Foote Field. The Bears will have 10 team practices over the next two weeks, before they host their annual Green and Gold Scrimmage on August 22nd.

    Alberta will open their 2019 conference season on August 30, when they host the Calgary Dinos at 7:00 p.m. at Foote.

    2019 GOLDEN BEARS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

    The Golden Bears battled numerous injuries across the field last season, finishing fifth in Canada West with a 2-6 conference record. However, head coach Chris Morris is returning a large portion of his youthful core this season, coupled with one of the best recruiting classes during his tenure with the Bears.

    ”I have been extremely impressed with the resolve, determination and work ethic of this group of young men,” said Morris. “It is a talented group of guys who really care and who have done everything they can to improve both individually and collectively this off-season. I am excited to see what this group of players and coaches can accomplish together this season.”

    Offensively, the Bears will be led by 2018-19 U of A Male Rookie of the Year, Jonathan Rosery. The freshman running back finished third in the conference with 612 rushing yards last season, despite only starting in six of the Bears eight games. Pushing Rosery at tailback will be top recruit Matthew Peterson, who competed for Team Alberta and Team Canada this past season. 

    Paving the way for Rosery will be the Bears talented offensive line, anchored by 2018 U SPORTS All-Canadian, and top CFL prospect Carter O’Donnell. O’Donnell is regarded as one of the top prospects for the next CFL draft, and is garnering NFL buzz leading into the season.

    Top recruit Luke Hornung will push for playing time at quarterback, as he will likely battle returning veteran Brad Launhardt for the starting spot in camp. Hornung, the Team Saskatchewan starter, also led the Miller Marauders to a provincial title in 2018.

    “This is one of if not the top recruiting classes we have had in the last 6 years,” continued Morris. “We brought in talent all over the field, including highly toughed high school players and several junior standouts, such as Jayden Dalke and Jassen Brown who we’re both All-Canadian PFC players that should make huge contributions to the team this season.”

    Defensively, the Bears will rely on returning starters Reggie Schoeppe (DB) and Aaron Chabaylo (LB), both of whom competed in the East West Bowl this spring in Ottawa.

    While the Bears will return a handful of starting athletes, they will have two new play callers on their staff this season. Former Edmonton Eskimo and head coach of the Edmonton Huskies Rick Walters was named the new offensive coordinator, while former McMaster Marauders HC Greg Knox will take over as defensive coordinator.

    2019 Golden Bears Training Camp Schedule

    DATE

    TIME

    VENUE

     

    Aug. 13-15

    7:30 – 10:30 PM

    Foote Field

    Training Camp Practice

    Aug. 16-17

    3:00 – 5:30 PM

    Foote Field

    Training Camp Practice

    Aug. 19-21

    7:30 – 10:30 PM

    Foote Field

    Training Camp Practice

    Aug. 22

    5:30 PM

    Foote Field

    Green and Gold Scrimmage

    Aug. 26-29

    6:30 – 9:30 PM

    Foote Field

    Regular Season Practice