The trademark of Marcus Davis? It's the breakaway speed of the UBC Thunderbirds' do-it-all. Now, after the adversity of two season-ending knee injuries, a CFL career beckons in Hamilton. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics)
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The football journey of Ti-Cats’ draftee Marcus Davis: Two ACL injuries later, there is no doubting the purpose of UBC’s Mr. All-Purpose

VANCOUVER — Marcus Davis has never lost his purpose, and it’s why he’s convinced that he can get back on a football field, this time in the CFL, and show that he is still every bit Mr. All-Purpose.

Holy Cross senior offensive tackle Nick Giffen (70) takes a ton of upside to the top of Burnaby Mountain next season as a freshman with the Simon Fraser Clan. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
Ready to make CFL impact, Simon Fraser's Justin Buren said Friday he's ready to start the grind with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (Photo by Dom Gagne property of SFU athletics)
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Justin Buren: Battle for wins sparks a fire in SFU’s indefatigable receiver whose next challenge is a CFL career in Hamilton

BURNABY — Justin Buren was feeling a lot of satisfaction on Friday morning for closing a chapter of his football career with every ounce of effort he could muster.Now, he’s ready to head off to Hamilton to try to start his next chapter with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.Buren, 22, was selected in the fifth round (37th […]

New Westminster fullback Lucas Sabau in the seconds after he scored the two-point convert that gave the Hyacks their first Subway Bowl B.C. senior varsity AAA championship title this past December. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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The Diesel: Hyacks’ heroic fullback Lucas Sabau brings the power package to Simon Fraser Clan football

NEW WESTMINSTER — Lucas Sabau admits that for a number of seasons, he struggled to find who he truly was on the football field.

Back in 2009, New West Hyacks assistant coach Ryan Leslie (left) poses with his infant son Liam, as does head coach Farhan Lalji and his baby son Lukas. (Hyacks football photo)
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Surgery leaves former Hyacks coach and UBC football player Ryan Leslie in a battle with paralysis

Ryan Leslie, a former UBC Thunderbirds football player and New Westminster Hyacks coach, underwent surgery last week to remove an infection near his spine.

With both teams still in a state of shock Dec. 2 at B.C. Place Stadium, New Westminster's Severio Asaba shakes hands with the Terry Fox Ravens. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Varsity Letters’ 2017 Story of the Year: Severio Asaba and the New Westminster Hyacks

NEW WESTMINSTER — Deep down inside, he always knew that he was reaching for something. If Severio Asaba could best describe what that was, he might call it his wildest dreams, the kind of stuff so precious that it will never fall into just any old pair of waiting hands.

New Westminster's Matthew Lalim (9) made a key catch during the team's 80-yard game-winning Subway Bowl 2017 championship drive Saturday at BC Place. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Hail the Hyacks: Improbable, last-ditch 80-yard drive lifts New West past Terry Fox for its first-ever AAA Subway senior varsity title

VANCOUVER — It came out of nowhere, and if you ask the winners, just in time, too. For them, it unfolded like a dream, so many seemingly odds-stacked moments joining hands, becoming a chain which kept pulling them in a single, unified direction.

Windsor Dukes' quarterback Ryan Baker goes for a run down the B.C. Place turf Saturday against Abbotsford, flanked by teammate Sean Werbowski. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Dukes’ special team puts exclamation point on Windsor’s special season, AA finals win over Abby competes perfect season

VANCOUVER — The truest comment of the entire B.C. high school football season was all about how the Windsor Dukes were perhaps the best executing team in the entire canon of B.C. AA history. On Saturday, in the 2017 Subway Bowl final at B.C. Place, the team from North Vancouver left little to dispute in its […]