Student to Compete in World Football Championship

July 05, 2011 - Campus Bulletin

A University of Guelph student will compete for Team Canada at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Cup July 8 to 16 in Austria.

Jedd Gardner, a wide receiver and fourth-year B.Comm. student, was named to the 45-player team this week. He is currently at Team Canada’s training camp in London, Ont.

Gardner finished his fourth year of eligibility with the Gryphons in 2010. He is a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) all-Canadian wide receiver, a three-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) all-star and a three-time CIS academic all-Canadian.

He finished the 2010 season with 30 receptions for 512 yards and five touchdowns in eight games. He currently has a career record of 2,000 yards on 114 passes. This past season, he was one yard short of breaking an OUA record, running 129 yards for a touchdown after a missed field goal attempt.

Gardner recently attended the Toronto Argonauts training camp after having been selected in the fourth round of the 2011 Canadian Football League draft.

He will be joined on the national team by former Gryphon team captain and running back Nick FitzGibbon. FitzGibbon was a four-time OUA all-star and was named as the 2006 OUA rookie of the year. He finished his five-year career at Guelph in 2010 as the all-time leading Gryphon for most yards rushing, with 3,603 yards on 601 carries. He also tied for sixth on the CIS all-time list for career all-purpose touchdowns with 40.

Eight countries from four continents will compete in the IFAF championships, held every four years.

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