Here we go for another round of CISfball TOP 10s. It’s hard to judge a team prior to any game being played. Therefore, this pre-season Top 10 is based on previous year achievements, returning players and general momentum.
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Defending Vanier Cup champions deserve to be first on the board with the return of All-Canadian WR Mike Dicroce and HEC Creighton favourite, QB Kyle Quinlan.
With more than 10 new starters on both sides of the ball, the 2011 Vanier Cup runner-ups will have a brand look in 2012. Thanks to A+ recruiting from coach Constantin and the return of 2 times linemen of the year Arnaud Gascon-Nadon and All Conference LB Fredo Plesius Laval is, once again, the team to beat in the Q.
Third year QB Eric Dzwilewski and All Canadian RB Steven Lumbala lead a Dinos offense that should be a force once again. Coach Blake Nill brings in a solid defensive unit led by one of the nations top D-linemen, Linden Gaydosh.
Led by a healthy All Conference RB Rotrand Sené and a defensive front 7 that might be one of the best in the country, the Carabins are solid contenders; if they can get past all time nemesis Laval.
Second year pivot Jérémi Roch has what it takes to be one of the elite QBs in the CIS but will have to overcome the loss of two-time HEC Creighton nominee Charbonneau-Campeau to the CFL. The 2012 defense might just be the best the team has ever had.
READ: 2012 RSEQ teams preview
Even with their six 2011 wins vacated, the T-Birds have shown they have what it takes to compete with the best. HEC Creighton winner Billy Greene enters his 5th year; look for him to be a force once again.
Thanks to a 2 week training camp experience with the Alouettes, QB Kyle Graves comes into the season with positive momentum and should lead his team to another great season atop the AUS.
After a satisfying 2011 season, the Gaels look to keep building under very promising QB Billy McPhee. Head Coach Pat Sheehan has his team where he wants.
The loss of all star RBs Nathan Riva to the CFL and Tyler Varga to the NCAA leaves a big hole in the Donnie Marshall led offense.
President’s trophy winner LB Max Caron will lead a very sound defensive unit in 2012. Look for a breakout season from 3rd year WR Kris Bastien in the Coach McGrath offense.