CFLers Rene Paredes (left) and Luca Congi (right) share a laugh with Brandon’s Keegan Treloar this week.
Keegan Treloar believes this past week will go a long way in helping him achieve the high expectations he has set for himself at Concordia University for next season.
The 19-year-old Brandonite has been working with three CFL players — Hamilton’s Luca Congi, Calgary’s Rene Paredes and Toronto’s Anthony Alix — as well as William Dion, who will attend the Montreal Alouettes’ training camp this season, in the Stingers Dome at Concordia this week as they worked to improve their placekicking and punting abilities with Stingers head coach Gerry McGrath.
It’s an annual pilgrimage for some CFL kickers as Concordia has an indoor training centre and has sent a number of kickers and punters — including Paredes, Winnipeg Blue Bomber punter Mike Renaud and former Saskatchewan Roughrider kicker Warren Kean — to the professional ranks in the last few years.
Treloar loved having them around as it allowed the 6-foot-1, 200-pound graduate of the Vincent Massey Vikings high school program to rub shoulders with players he looks up to as well get a different perspective on his training and tips to help his development.
"A lot of it is my inexperience has me really excited as a kicker and now they’re showing me how to relax and how to kick well and consistently and making everything the same," Treloar said. "They’ve been in my shoes before and they know what I’m doing and what it takes because they’ve gone through their programs and all that. They’ve done it before. They know what to say as opposed to a coach who hasn’t been in my shoes."
Treloar appreciates any advice he can get as he has set high goals for his third season with the team. After making 17 of 25 field goals last season and posting 74 points, the eighth-most in the CIS, Treloar wants to raise his kicking efficiency to above 90 per cent and be perfect from within 40 yards.
He also wants to become the team’s starting punter, which is a position he’s slowly becoming comfortable with. He knows coaches really like players who can placekick, punt and kick off, which is why he’s working so hard on punting.
All week, Treloar spent one hour working on his punting and then one hour on his placekicking. The ultimate goal for Treloar, who was averaging about 45 yards per punt in the dome, is consistency.
"The main thing I want is consistency as opposed to one long one and then a whole bunch of short ones and that kind of stuff," he said. "I’ve been working more on consistency … and then as that comes the leg strength will come as well."
With such high expectations for next season, Treloar plans to work hard during the rest of the semester and the summer, although he does want to come back to Brandon for a week to visit family.
However, he doesn’t want to lose his focus, especially since he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself this autumn.
"I want to train a lot and focus on training as it is my third year next year and that’s one of the most important years in the CIS coming into your draft year," he said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 16, 2013