8:30 p.m., Jan .18)
St. Peter Knight hoping 2017 is his year to shine
By Mike Beasley
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.
Years 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.
Peter High School alum Sean Decloux is among the later.
His New Years resolution it to make the Ottawa Redblacks
as a place kicker/punter and his ficus hasnt changed
one bit since he signed a free agent contract with the
CFl team on Dec. 2.
former St. Peter Knight made local headlines when he was
announced as one of Ottawas first signings after
winning the Grey Cup.
23, was passed over in all eight rounds of the CFL college
draft last May.
was disappointed when I wasnt 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
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.
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.
to his Grade 12 year, Decloux moved to the State of Delaware
to attend the prep program at the Red Lion Christian Academy.
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.
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.
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.
from the office, Decloux spends hours rehab his injured
groin and strengthening his leg which hell need
when the Redblacks mini-camp opens in April.
leg strength is getting better every day, I can feel it,
With several kickers expected to be in camp, Sean knows
he has his work cut out for him.
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.
something that Sean will continue to focus over the coming
weeks and months.
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