Source: Laurier Sports Info
Name: Alex Anthony
University: Wilfrid Laurier
Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
High school: Mount Douglas SS
Academic program: Arts
Year of eligibility: 4
Weight: 195 lbs.
Key stats 2011: Injured for majority of season. 1 TD on 1 REC in 2011.
Awards & honours (since start of CIS career): N/A
When the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks take to the field for their first game in 2012, it will be a very different team to the one that started in 2011, especially on the offensive side of the ball. A number of graduating seniors have left voids at all offensive positions but perhaps the position most impacted is at receiver. Gone are the likes are Dillon Heap, Shamawd Chambers and Mark Surya, and in their place will be a new generation of athletic talent.
For fourth year receiver Alex Anthony of Victoria, B.C., it thrusts him into the spotlight as a “go-to” target for his new quarterback but that is something that does not faze him in the least.
“Yeah, there is a responsibility there for me now,” comments Anthony. “[But] I’ve learned things from Shamawd and Dillon on how to lead and now that they’ve graduated, they’ve passed the torch on to me and I’m ready for it.”
Despite having played just 15 regular season games since coming
to Laurier in 2009, Anthony been an effective receiver when given
the opportunity. During his time with the Hawks, Anthony has five
touchdown receptions to go along with 422 yards. He has also shown
that he can be a threat on kick and punt returns, racking up 198
yards on eight kick return attempts during the 2010 season.
However, the 6-2, 200 lbs., slotback will have another wrinkle to deal with this season. He will be attempting to overcome a serious knee injury which forced him to see very little action in just two games in 2011.
“It was kinda brutal sitting out and watching [my teammates],” says Anthony of what he went through last year. “Since my surgery, I’ve been rehabbing like crazy. This past off-season has been my best for training. I’m stronger than I was before and faster. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and seeing how it actually works out.”
While placing the status of “go-to receiver” on a player fresh off major knee surgery may be a lot of pressure to put on one individual, Anthony has faced more than his fair-share of pressure-packed situations during his football career.
Prior to joining the Golden Hawks, he suited up for Team Canada in the 2009 U-19 IFAF Junior World Championship. In the semifinals of that tournament, held at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Anthony caught the game-winning touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining to help the Canadians defeat Japan and capture the silver medal. As well, just this past summer, the Hawks receiver represented Laurier at the 2012 East West Bowl where he was scrutinized over the entire week, from the athlete combine to the game itself.
“It was an awesome experience,” notes Anthony of his time in London in May. “The combine was pretty-nerve wracking but it was one of my goals for myself to make it to the game and to go in there and play with all the all-stars in the CIS was a great confidence booster entering this season.”
With a proven history of success and an ability to rise to any occasion, Golden Hawks’ fans should see the best of what Alex Anthony has to offer in what promises to be an intriguing season for Wilfrid Laurier.