by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
One of the most coveted quarterback recruits in Canada has announced his commitment to the Windsor Lancers football team for 2015.
Liam Putt of Brantford’s Assumption College high school is ranked as one of the top quarterback prospects in Canada and led his team to a provincial championship in 2013. Putt was also a member of Team Canada’s under-19 entry in the 2014 World Football Championships in Kuwait which placed second only to Team USA.
“This is a big day for Lancer Football and the next step in the development of our program,” said Lancers football head coach Joe D’Amore. “For us to sign a player of Liam’s calibre shows that we are an attractive destination for the top players in this province and will help bring more talented players here going forward.”
Putt was a member of the Ontario Football Conference’s Hamilton Hurricanes this past season and is very experienced in international play, representing Football Canada the past three years. Putt most recently played at the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas against Team USA where D’Amore was serving as Team Canada’s offensive coordinator.
With the graduation of Austin Kennedy, who tied an OUA record for most career touchdown passes in 2014, there is a large opening at a key position for the Lancers to fill after four consecutive appearances in the OUA playoffs.
“With Austin graduating, there is an opportunity to compete with the other quarterbacks on the roster for playing time early in my career rather than later,” said Putt. “I really like the direction the football team is headed in with their four straight playoff appearances.”
Putt said he has been coached by D’Amore on three separate occasions which he said gave him insight as to what the coaching standpoint will look like for the next five years.
“I am eager to get started by learning the playbook and to being coached to reach my highest potential,” said Putt. “I’m excited to get going.”
D’Amore said he is excited to be adding a quarterback of Putt’s calibre to the Lancer lineup and believes Putt has the ability to compete for the starting job as a freshmen.
“Though we have confidence in the quarterbacks on our roster, we wanted to bring in a top young player,” said D’Amore. “It was very important for us to bring in a talented player who can push our veteran quarterbacks and make everyone better in the process. We believe Liam has that capability and we are excited to see it all unfold at training camp.”
Putt earned a $10,000 university scholarship to any post-secondary school in Ontario at age 15 by winning the 2012 Damon Allen High School Quarterback Challenge and said the University of Windsor was the right fit by an athletic and academic perspective.
“Windsor offers the Criminology program I was looking for,” said Putt. “I am excited to be attending the University of Windsor in the fall.”