Source: Stéphane Jobin, Université Laval / Photo credit Yan Dublet
Name: Frédérick Plesius
Hometown: Laval, Québec
Academic program: Sciences de la consommation
Year of eligibility: 2
A Laval, QC native, Fréderick had his first contact with a football when he was 11 years old when he made his debut with the Cowboys de Laval Centre-Sud. After a stint with the Bulldogs de Laval (Midget AAA), he chose the Couguars de Lennoxville to continue his career.
The choice payed off for the linebacker who was brilliant on the Eastern Townships campus: 163 tackles, 10 sacks and six interceptions in three seasons. His performance earned him two nominations on the provincial college All-Star team as well as interest from several American universities, including Buffalo, Louisville, Michigan, North Dakota and Baylor.
Upon reflection, it was with the Baylor University Bears (Waco, Texas) that the strapping 6'1'' and 245 pounder decided to continue his journey. But the environment he was placed in wasn’t a good fit for him, so he decided to return to his roots and follow the road to Université Laval in 2009.
Happy with his decision, the Consumer Sciences student has had a remarkable second season. He compiled 29 solos tackles, 17 assisted tackles and five sacks. He also managed three interceptions – including two in a single game – with one returned all the way for a touchdown.
These performances are even more impressive when one considers that the Laval defense has only conceded crumbs to its opponents this year. In addition to having allowed the fewest points per game average in Canada (6.4), the Rouge et Or is also the one that had to realize the fewest tackles per game in the country (42 in average).
Glen Constantin, Head Coach:
“Frédérick is definitely one of the most dynamic and productive defender in the country. He has great versatility due to amazing skill set. He has speed to cover receivers and the strength to take on lineman. He has accumulated impressive stats on a defensive unit that leads the conference with a league leading low average of 52 snaps per game. He has demonstrated game changing play ability by causing six of our conference leading 30 turnovers.”