MATT REGIS SIGNS WITH WINDSOR LANCERS
July 2006

Former Cheetah Defensive Back Matt Regis

In a story from the Windsor Star, we were happy to learn about Matt Regis signing with the Windsor Lancers.

Matt played a starring role as a defensive back during his time with the Cheetahs.

Read below the full text from the story published in July 2006.


Recruitment drive pays off for Lancers
Morencie feels '06 class best ever

by Jim Parker, Windsor Star
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Brennan grad Chad Cossette spent last semester getting settled in at Saginaw Valley State University.

Rather than return to play football this fall, the six-foot-six, 255-pound defensive end has opted to come home and play for the University of Windsor Lancers.

"I'm really, really excited," said the 20-year-old Cossette, who made the decision last week. "I've only been here a week, but it feels like I've been here my whole life."

Cossette was one of eight Lancer recruits unveiled Tuesday in a class that features 35 prospects for this season from a wide variety of backgrounds.

"It's my eighth year and I can say without question this is the best class that we've brought in," said Lancers head coach Mike Morencie, who may add four or five other prospects. "There's a lot of variety. We've got transfers, kids from AKO, high school and the United States."

AKO Fratmen product Nick Romain was the Canadian Junior Football League offensive player of the year last season. He had offers in the U.S., but chose to stay home.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

"I had scholarship (offers), but really I just wanted to stay home and keep it simple," said Romain, who will be paired in Windsor's backfield with CIS rushing champion Daryl Stephenson.

Since graduating from Holy Names three years ago, Romain said Morencie had stayed in touch.

"(Coming to Windsor) has always been in the air," Romain said. "You have to have a chemistry and I've played with half of these guys (in high school)."

But it wasn't just home products Morencie pulled in. Quarterback Jorel Petree played at Utica Eisenhower in Michigan and left Alfred State to come to Windsor while defensive back Matt Regis was playing at Vanier College in Montreal before opting to come to Windsor.

"I honestly did not know about the Windsor Lancers," Regis said. "I sent out tapes and the response I got was excitement from Windsor.

"When I came here, after visits to Ottawa and McMaster, Windsor just felt like home."

BACK HOME

Tuesday was a homecoming for quarterback/punter Dan Lumley. The Herman grad has been at the University of Kentucky, St. Mary's University and Saginaw Valley State.

"I've been to a lot of different places and had a lot of different experiences," Lumley said. "It's a little weird to be home, but it feels good."

Lumley said the Windsor program has certainly changed since he left for Kentucky in 2000.

"I've been to a lot of different places in Canada and the dressing room and weight room here are second to none," the 23-year- old Lumley said.

But the big thing Lumley notes is how stiff the competition is at Windsor. In 2000, he would have been handed the quarterback job. Now, he's one of four incoming prospects for this season and veteran Jon Dent is still in the fold.

"There's a lot more competition now and that's the difference," he said.

While 21 of 24 starters return from a Windsor team that made the playoffs last year, Morencie knows this class will push for time early.

"Every one of these guys will be competitive," Morencie said.

jparker@thestar.canwest.com or 255-5777 ext. 413



NEW CROP: Windsor Lancers football recruits Matt Regis, left, Dan Lumley and Nick Romain
were introduced Tuesday to the media at the football stadium.
Photograph by : Scott Webster, Star photo



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