BRIANNA THICKE/CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
Brandonite Keegan Treloar has been the second-most accurate kicker in the CIS this season, hitting 90 per cent of his field goal attempts for the Concordia University Stingers. He credits an improved mental approach for his success.
Keegan Treloar is a little bit conflicted regarding how he should feel about his season so far with the Concordia University Stingers.
On one hand, the 20-year-old kicker from Brandon is having the best of his three seasons in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. On the other, the Stingers are scuffling through a winless season, with only two games remaining.
"It’s obviously a crappy feeling when you lose as a team and the reason I play football is for the guys that are in the locker room, so that’s why I’m here," Treloar said. "But it’s good to see individual goals met and see myself progress through the past few seasons and eventually have so far a pretty good season … so you don’t really know how to feel about the season."
With the dream of a professional football career driving him, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Vincent Massey High School graduate set a goal of hitting 90 per cent of his kicks this season after hitting on 57 per cent (12-for-21) and 68 per cent (17-for-25) of his field goals in his first two years at the Montreal university. The 0-6 Stingers haven’t given him a lot of opportunities, but Treloar is right on track, making nine of his 10 field goal attempts this season, with his crowning achievement coming in a 53-52 overtime loss to the McGill Redmen when he was good on all three of his tries, from 50, 48 and 44 yards, breaking Rene Paredes’ school record for longest field goal.
"I can attest that (the reason for the improvement is) a mental change for me," Treloar said. "I’ve always been able to kick the football and the physical skill was never an issue. It was always mental. … I’ve got a great special teams coach with Shawn Mayne this year and he’s definitely worked with me on making me relaxed. Then once we get into a game I start thinking about making more kicks and being hungry for kicks."
Paredes, a former Winnipeg Blue Bomber now with the Calgary Stampeders, is the top kicker and leading scorer in the Canadian Football League this season, and Treloar would like nothing more than to become the next graduate of the kicking factory that is Concordia to make his mark in the CFL. He hopes his play this season will earn him a spot in the spring’s CIS East-West Bowl, a showcase for players eligible for the following year’s draft.
"Next year is my draft year so this year is definitely important to get onto the scouting rosters and kind of make a name for myself so the scouts can be watching me in the next year," he said.
While Treloar’s Stingers are playing for pride in their final two games, Brandon’s other CIS football players face key matchups for their playoff hopes tonight. Neelin grad Nevin Gamblin, who has started two games on the University of Manitoba offensive line this season, will try to help the Bisons beat the Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon. At 3-3, the Bisons are still hoping to secure home field for a Canada West semifinal, and could help their cause by beating the Huskies, who sit second in the conference at 4-2.
Starting linebacker Connor Ketchen and the Regina Rams face a key battle against the undefeated University of Calgary Dinos on Friday. The Rams (2-4) risk falling out of playoff contention with a loss to the Dinos (6-0).
Ketchen, a second-year Neelin graduate, is tied for seventh in Canada West with 23 solo tackles this season and has added 11 assists. He also has a half-sack and intercepted one pass, returning it for 59 yards.
Two other former Spartans have seen action with the Rams as first-year players this season, with Brandon Williams coming off the bench to play three games on the offensive line, while linebacker Dylan Minshull registered a tackle in his only game. First-year linebacker Michael Bright, a former Vincent Massey Viking, has yet to see any game action in his first season at U of R.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 18, 2013