Google Mike Asare and football and youll find a five-minute and 19-second YouTube clip of the speedy defensive back closing in on would-be receivers and ball carriers.
The five-foot-eight, 167-pound defensive back is hoping to create an entirely new highlight package as one of the newest members of the Westshore Rebels secondary.
He started off just fine with four tackles in last weekends 46-8 win in Chilliwack after just two days of practice since arriving from his native Toronto. Hell be back in the lineup today when the 1-1 Rebels entertain the 1-1 Kamloops Broncos at Bear Mountain Stadium at 4 p.m.
The kid is a little ball of hate, Rebels head coach John Cardilicchia said with a chuckle. Hes a Christian kid, who reads his Bible, then he comes out and hes absolutely nasty.
Word is the 21-year-old can run.
Thats what I hear, Asare said with a laugh of his 4.6-second 40-yard time that his YouTube clip proclaims he runs.
Im just trying to get back into things, said Asare, who was at Bishops University, but lasted only two seasons and then ended up with the Brampton Bears of the Ontario Football Conference in 2011.
I got out here late, but Im back and ready to go. I just want to work hard with the boys.
So how did the Rebels find Asare?
He found us, actually, said Cardilicchia. He put in an email to me, looking for a change. He had played in Brampton, so I asked him for game film. We liked what we saw at spring camp and here he is.
Arriving late, Asare is still adjusting to the surroundings and getting acclimatized to the Island.
He looked sharp, Cardilicchia said of last weeks effort where he played strong side defensive back. For a kid who hadnt practised with us for a long time, you could see hes an athlete.
His hat [helmet] is always around the ball. Every play hes showing up in there, either on the bottom of the pile or diving on top of it. He likes contact and hes a good little football player.
Once he contacted the Rebels, Asare was sold on heading west.
I was talking to
Coach C and he sounded real determined, said Asare. He really wants to win a championship. He sounded hungry and I got to talk to the defensive co-ordinator [Scott Mennie] and I loved his mentality.
I love how he loves to bring pressure. Thats all me. All that intensity they bring, being family oriented. I love all of it.
Hell add to the Rebels defence while the teams offence got on a roll last week.
Greg Morris ran for 140-plus yards (including a TD), quarterback Jesse Herman threw for three touchdowns in the first half on just six completions; Eric Eggleston hauled in three TD catches, one each from Herman, backup Mark Black and third-stringer Mike Dumesnil, who was 4-for-4 for 106 yards in his appearance.
Smoothest receiver in the league, right now, Cardilicchia said of Eggleston. Hes a compete receiver very, very smooth. And Dumesnil, he keeps impressing us. He has a great awareness of the game.
Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk was also named special teams player of the week with four punts for 190 yards, including a 72-yarder; eight kickoffs for a total of 467 yards; recorded a
15-yard field goal and was six for six in converts.
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