August 2007
In a story from the Windsor Star, we were happy to learn that Michael Alfonso was signed as a hot prospect for the University of Windsor Lancers. Michael played a starring role as a receiver during his time with the Cheetahs. Read below the full text from the story published in August 2007.

Lancers football team member Mike Alfonso.
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Lancers football camp
Dave Waddell, Windsor Star / Monday, August 22, 2007

University of Windsor Lancers rookie receiver Mike Alfonso earned his status as an officially adopted Windsorite only a few days after arriving from his native Montreal.

Alfonso went with some teammates to the Detroit Lions' pre-season game against Cincinnati and left early with the home side losing by a dozen points in the fourth quarter.

Detroit rallied to win the game but, like so many local fans, Alfonso can still say he too has never experienced a Lions victory.

The 21-year-old expects the wait for his first Lancers triumph to be much shorter.

Windsor opens at home against York Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.

"I came here because I think the program is on the rise," said Alfonso, who played the past three years for Vanier College and chose Windsor over eight or nine other suitors. "There's a lot of potential here.

"It was a big choice. I went on eight or nine visits and it came down to where I felt the most comfortable."

Unlike many players making the jump to CIS football, the five-foot-10, 180-pound Alfonso has a chance to earn a starting job as a rookie.

His speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash) and fearlessness in patrolling the middle of the field make him a perfect candidate to fill the slot receiver position.

"He's an experienced rookie," Lancers receiving coach Chris Hatt said.

"He's got great feet. He's a burner.

"Coming here, he has the ability to step up and maybe even start. He's got all the tools, we just have to develop them into a complete package.

"He has the potential to be an OUA all-star, but that's really going to be up to him if he's willing to work at it."

While Alfonso has been presented with the opportunity of getting significant playing time, how much he gets will be on an earned basis.

However, after three days of practice, Alfonso has the added motivation provided by how he sees the Lancers' offence unfolding.

Former Cheetah Star Receiver Michael Alfonso

"The way Windsor's offence is setting up, it really involves my position," Alfonso said. "I want to be part of an offence that makes use of me rather than being part of an offence where you're starting but not contributing as much."

Though he has lined up at wide receiver in the past, Alfonso has spent the bulk of the past three years as a weakside slotback.

The Lancers staff has told him that's where he can expect to see the bulk of his playing time.

"In the CIS, they like to use the tall guys on the outside in the red zone," Alfonso said. "The little guys make it happen on the inside."

Alfonso also hopes to give the Lancers an inside edge in recruiting more players from talent-rich Quebec.

The Bachelor of Arts student is one of two players, defensive back Matt Regis being the other, from that province on the Windsor roster.

"I really like the city," Alfonso said. "It's a nice small town atmosphere, which is a nice change after Montreal.

"I going to try and convince my friends at Vanier College to come play here."

Alfonso appears in this group of ex provincial-champion North Shore Mustangs who all played at Vanier
Top row : Adam Ginsberg, Sammy Lavaude, Liam Mahoney, Mohamad Petrus, Myles Gibbon
Bottom row: Matt Altman, Michael Alfonso, Ameet Pall, Carlos Delcarpo