VANIER CHEETAHS IN THE NEWS     
AMEET PAL WINS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AWARD FROM THE MONTREAL GAZETTE.
ALL THIS ON TOP OF A LEAGUE RECORD AND THE BOL D'OR CHAMPIONSHIP.

November 29, 2006



Ameet Pall

Vanier's Pall strikes terror into opposition QBs
Small defensive end set season sack mark
By Arpon Basu, Freelance / Published: Montreal Gazette

As Pierrefonds native Ameet Pall began his assault this year on Quebec's collegiate Triple-A football league single-season sack record, he was blissfully unaware there was even a record for him to chase.

But that didn't stop the standout defensive end for the Bol d'Or champion Vanier College Cheetahs from setting a record with 14 sacks in 10 regular-season games, breaking the mark of 12 set by three players, including current Canadian Football League players Miguel Robede and Alain Kashama.

Pall's efforts earned him the league defensive MVP award, and the frightening thing for opposing coaches is that he'll be back hunting quarterbacks for Vanier again next year.

"At the beginning, I had no idea they even kept records like that," said Pall, 19. "I really couldn't have asked for a better season.

Pall's success at the defensive- end position flies in the face of conventional football wisdom. At 6 feet and 230 pounds, he has a linebacker's build, but Pall's tremendous quickness allows him to beat bigger offensive linemen to the outside. He draws his inspiration from Indianapolis Colts All-Pro defensive-end Dwight Freeney, who stands a modest 6-foot-1, but still manages to dominate with his speed.


Ameet Pall draws a bead on Beauce quarterback James Goulet.


Ameet holds the Bol d'Or that he played
such a large role in helping bring to Vanier

"He paved the way for us little guys," Pall said. "I like causing havoc in the backfield. As soon as that ball hikes, I just unleash."

Vanier head coach Peter Chryssomalis said Pall's burst off the snap is what sets him apart.

"I've coached a lot of years at both the university and college levels, and I've never seen a guy get off the ball as quick as Ameet," Chryssomalis said. "He has a motor and he just goes and goes."

That motor was running on all cylinders in the second half of Vanier's 14-0 victory over Champlain-Lennoxville in the Bol D'Or final, as Pall had 21/2 sacks. On one series, he single-handedly stuffed the Champlain offence three times in a row to force a punt.


Pall is a lock to set a record for career sacks next season, as he sits three short of Robede's mark of 23. But he will probably need an even better performance if he wants to receive interest as a defensive end from American college coaches.

Both Robede (6-foot-4) and Kashama (6-foot-5) parlayed their record seasons into scholarships at the universities of Miami and Michigan, respectively, although Robede eventually played for the Laval Rouge et Or. Even though Pall may have a better shot at a U.S. scholarship by switching to linebacker, he's determined to prove he can play on the line with the big boys.


Ameet (right) with his Bol d'Or Defensive Player of the Game Award
next to QB Liam Mahoney (left), the Offensive Player of the Game.

"If I see I really can't play defensive end anymore, then maybe I'll try switching positions, but if I train hard, I know I can play defensive end anywhere," Pall said. "I've had a lot of coaches already tell me I'm too short, but guess what? I'm still doing my thing."

And he's doing it better than anyone in Quebec CEGEP football history.

© The Gazette (Montreal) 2006



Ameet celebrates the Bol d'Or championship after the completion of the game.


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