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(Posted 8:30 p.m., Jan .18)
Former St. Peter Knight hoping 2017 is his year to shine
By Mike Beasley
OrleansOnline,ca

For St. Peter Knight Sean Decloux has signed a free agent contract with the Ottawa Redblacks to try for the team as a placekicker and punter. File Photo

New Year’s resolutions are the norm around this time of year. Some people have already failed at whatever it is they singled out as needing to quit or change, while others stick with it and persevere every day.

St. Peter High School alum Sean Decloux is among the later. His New Year’s resolution it to make the Ottawa Redblacks as a place kicker/punter and his ficus hasn’t changed one bit since he signed a free agent contract with the CFl team on Dec. 2.

The former St. Peter Knight made local headlines when he was announced as one of Ottawa’s first signings after winning the Grey Cup.

Decloux, 23, was passed over in all eight rounds of the CFL college draft last May.

“I was disappointed when I wasn’t drafted but the reality is that no team is looking for kicker with a groin injury,” Decloux admitted, “but then my agent told me that Ottawa put me on their negotiation list. My attitude changed completely and I started to focus on rehabbing my injured leg.”

The former Knight made a name for himself at the University of Maine where he spent four years as the Black Bears kicker from 2012 to 2015.
Decloux made 72% of his field-goal attempts (44-for-61) during his four-year stay in Orono, Maine. He also handled kick-offs for the Black Bears.
Unfortunately for the aspiring Redblack, his kicking stats were diminished by an injury-filled senior campaign that hurt his draft status.

As a kid growing up in Orléans, Decloux spent time playing high school football at St. Peter and in the Ontario Varsity Football League with the Cumberland Panthers.

Prior to his Grade 12 year, Decloux moved to the State of Delaware to attend the prep program at the Red Lion Christian Academy.

The University of Maine liked what they saw and offered Decloux an athletic scholarship. He graduated last May with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Now on the cusp of playing in the CFL, Sean will always remember his Ottawa roots.

“Training at Gridiron Academy and playing football with Cumberland and St. Peter gave me the foundation to be able to play at the next level,” Decloux admits.

For now, Sean has two interests to keep him busy. He is putting his University diploma to good use while working for a private engineering firm in Toronto.

Away from the office, Decloux spends hours rehab his injured groin and strengthening his leg which he’ll need when the Redblacks mini-camp opens in April.

“My leg strength is getting better every day, I can feel it,” says Decloux
With several kickers expected to be in camp, Sean knows he has his work cut out for him.

“The Redblacks kicking situation reminds me of when I went to Maine as a freshman. I will have to be better than everybody else,” says Decloux with a tone of determination in his voice.

It’s something that Sean will continue to focus over the coming weeks and months.

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