Simon Fraser Clan freshman receiver Robert Meadors has been a bright spot in the team's 1-1 start to the 2018 season. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU athletics)
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TSUMURA on Simon Fraser football: 5 things to follow inside the numbers after the Clan fall big at Azusa Pacific

The re-boot of Simon Fraser football continued Saturday night in Glendora, Cal., and as their competition took a huge spike up in quality form a week ago, the Clan’s margin of defeat may have, on first glance, taken its faithful back to that dark and familiar place.

Offensive guard Scott Maki (79) hoists receiver Devin O'Hea after the former Argyle Pipers standout from North Vancouver made a highlight reel end zone catch from freshman quarterback Justin Seiber in the Clan's 54-7 win Saturday at home to the Willamette Bearcats. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of Simon Fraser athletics)
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TSUMURA: My Top 5 takeaways from a Simon Fraser Clan football victory that snaps an epic 33-game losing streak

BURNABY — No, the 1,265 fans in attendance did not rush the field and topple the goal posts Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field. Yet finally, there was joy in Mudville.

It's no stretch to say that the biggest game of new Simon Fraser running back Jason Nelson's career will be his first with the team as the Clan looks to snap a 33-game losing streak Saturday against visiting Willamette. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU athletics)
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SFU’s Jason ‘Mini-Marshawn’ Nelson embraces the challenge: “Life ain’t easy. It’s going to hit you in the face no matter what. I’m ready.”

BURNABY — Jason Nelson is adamant about wanting to carve out his own identity, but as the new guy getting ready to take his share of hand-offs in the offensive backfield of the Simon Fraser Clan, he admits that embracing a snappy nickname which pays homage to an NFL great is never a bad thing.

Even during stationary drills, like this one last Thursday at Simon Fraser, Clan junior receiver Rysen John is the picture of focus. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Rysen John: Checking in on the rise of the Simon Fraser Clan’s charismatic junior wide receiver

BURNABY — He boasts a given name which, in the musical hands of a Sunday morning gospel choir, could come out sounding pretty darn inspirational. Rysen… Rysen… Rysen.

Simon Fraser senior defensive lineman Rey Arcega, a Calgary native, will suit up for the fourth Clan head coach of his career Sept. 1 when the team opens its season at home to Oregon's Willamette Bearcats. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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SFU Football: Six seasons on, senior red-shirt walk-on Rey Arcega toils to recapture the feeling of victory as Clan opens the Ford era

BURNABY — Have you only sipped the current flavour of Kool-Aid that is part-and-parcel of the new gridiron regime atop Burnaby Mountain?

Hugh Boyd's Reace Mok used speed and elusiveness to rush for over 1,900 yards and 20 touchdowns over the final two seasons of his senior varsity career with the Trojans. (Photo by Mark Booth property of the Richmond News)
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Hugh Boyd’s Reace Mok: Simon Fraser’s incoming ‘make ’em miss’ running back brings a different kind of height to the fight

RICHMOND — Reace Mok is quick enough to dodge almost anything, yet bring up the compact nature of his physique and the contrast it has always created on the gridiron, and you discover how fast he can also use words to diffuse any concerned first impressions.

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)
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.