York U Football Lions: New video features new recruits, new energy and a new season



TORONTO, Aug. 26, 2011 –The York University Football Lions are preparing for a big season led by head coach Warren Craney, returning coaching staff and a new group of recruits, bringing a new energy to the latest season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football.

“I’ve put together a coaching staff that has a tremendous pedigree,” says Coach Craney. “And probably the biggest part of their pedigree is their history of winning.”

Another key element of York’s high hopes for this season is Coach Craney’s recruiting vision, whether it’s his philosophy of “owning our backyard” or showing student athlete’s that “it’s not about York’s past, but about York’s future,” the players are ready to turn the corner.

New recruits echo Coach Craney’s desire to win, including Torontonians Marcus Grandison and Riser Markel.

“It’s pride – I grew up down the street,” says Grandison, York’s free safety/defensive back. “I want to be the guy that changes York’s football team.”

“I have big shoes to fill,” says Markel, York’s running back, “but you take it one day at a time and you work your hardest and see where that takes you.”

Sault Ste. Marie’s Max Sullivan also looks forward to the season ahead. “I wanted to come and contribute to the football team,” says York’s O-lineman. “There’s no better feeling than being the underdog, working hard and getting that first win.”

York kicks off its regular season at Lions Stadium on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 5 against Laurier.



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