Another Marauder joins Team Canada squad

With one McMaster offensive lineman already committed, Canada’s senior men’s football team added some more Maroon talent with the addition of Jason Medeiros, who has reported to training camp in London, Ont.

Heading into his fourth-year on the Marauder offensive line, Medeiros will be re-united with his McMaster teammate Justin Glover, who joined the Team Canada roster on the weekend. The Canadian team is preparing to compete in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship, being played in Austria from July 8-16.

“Jason will be exposed to some great coaching as there are some top quality CIS coaches working with Team Canada,” remarked McMaster coach Stefan Ptaszek. “The experience he should gain and bring back with him is invaluable.”

A Hamilton native and graduate of St. Thomas More high school, Medeiros was one of three players who represented McMaster at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports East-West Bowl last May. Ptaszek says that Medeiros showed his versatility at the East-West game by playing at the guard spot, when he regularly lines up at tackle along the Marauder offensive line.

Ptaszek is counting on Medeiros, who is heading into his Canadian Football League draft year, to be a key team leader for the Marauders in 2011, adding “It will only do him good to line-up for some one-on-ones across from a guy like Adriano Belli. Playing against a seasoned CFL veteran will help make Jason a better player.”

Canada will compete in Group B at the World Championship, along with France, Japan, and Austria. Group A includes the defending champion USA, Australia, Germany, and Mexico. The Canadians open the competition on Saturday, July 9 versus France.