Pro instruction for local athletes

Chiefs’ Duvernay-Tardif headlines list of guests for Football NL’s second annual clinic


Published on April 8, 2016
Kansas City Chiefs guard and Quebec native Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
McGill University photo

Football Newfoundland and Labrador is staging its second annual player/coaches clinic which continues today at the Techniplex in Pleasantville, and once again offering local footballers instruction from the pros.

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Headlining the guests slated to take part in the event, which goes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, are Kansas City Chiefs guard and Quebec native Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, along with wide receiver Scott MacDonell of the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks.

Canadian university head coaches Steve Sumarah of Ottawa’s Carleton University, along with a pair of Atlantic university coaches, Gary Waterman of St. Francis Xavier and Acadia’s Jeff Cummins, will address the local participants.

Duverney-Tardif was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft from Montreal’s McGill University, where he was in his third year of medical school. A two-time All-Canadian tackle, Duvernay-Tardif was the CIS most outstanding lineman as a senior.

Drafted as an offensive tackle, Duvernay-Tardif was moved to right guard as a result of injuries to the offensive line. He played almost every down last season with the Chiefs in only his second year as a pro.

The 24-year-old MacDonell, a Montreal native, was drafted 13th overall in the 2014 CFL Draft following a successful university career with Kingston’s Queen’s Golden Gaels.

He had two receptions for the Redblacks last season, for 26 yards.

The clinic opened Friday night with a two-hour session at MUN’s School of Medicine.

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