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                                      Media Advisory
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                          Golden Bears’ football introduce 2008 staff, top
                        recruits and spring camp dates at Media Conference
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA




                        Head Coach Jerry Friesen and the University of Alberta Golden Bears football program are
                        holding a media conference this Friday April 25 to introduce their new recruits for the
                        upcoming season and announce their spring camp schedule.

                        When: Friday, April 25, 2:00 p.m.
                        Where: Chili's Texas Grill Whyte Ave- Food Provided
      ATHLETICS
      ATHLETICS




                        Friesen and the Bears will return 43 players, including 17 of 24 starters, from the 2007 season
                        and are looking to build upon a 2-6 record that saw six players named to the Canada West
                        All-Star teams, four players named CIS All-Canadians and a roster of 30 first year players.

                        A full 2008 Golden Bears spring camp schedule can be found at the bottom.

                        One of the biggest additions to the program is on the sidelines as Jeff Stead, formerly of the
                        Vanier Cup winning Manitoba Bisons, was brought on-board in January as the team’s new
                        full-time assistant coach. Stead will oversee as the offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks
                        coach.

                        Joining the 40 returning players at spring camp will be four Edmonton area junior recruits as
                        QB Brendan Mayer, OL Nick Ternovatsky and DB Brent Krawchuk all come to camp
                        from the Edmonton Wildcats, while DE Craig Gerbrandt comes aboard from the Edmonton
                        Huskies.

                        As the starting quarterback for the Wildcats, Mayer led the team to the CJFL National final in
                        2006 where they lost by a single point and to the PJFC final in 2007. “Along with his
                        leadership skills, Brendan also brings certain intangible factors and winning experiences to
                        the Bears,” commented Friesen.

                        Nick Ternovatsky is the younger brother of Golden Bear alumnus Neil who graduated from
                        the U of A and now plies his trade with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. "Nick is
                        regarded as the best offensive center in the prairie junior conference,” added Friesen. “He
                        brings skill and will play an important part in maintaining a very good offensive line in an
                        extremely tough Canada West conference.”

                        Defensive back Brent Krawchuk comes to Alberta with a strong pedigree having recorded
                        four interceptions and 12 pass knock downs for the Wildcats this past season. He will be
                        looked upon to immediately help a maturing secondary. “Brent is one of the best one on one
cover defensive backs in the PJFC. He brings experiences and skill to a growing Golden Bear
secondary,” continued Friesen.

Another player who will be looked upon to step in and contribute is former Edmonton Huskie
Craig Gerbrandt. The defensive end led the PJFC in sacks last season and has the ability to
dominate games. “Craig is a dominate pass rusher and an impact player, who we believe can
really help our team.”

Rounding out Friesen’s early recruiting class is an Alberta Team North Football player in
Kevin Arkko, a 275 lbs defensive tackle from St. Francis Xavier high school in Edmonton
and Ben Downs, a 6’4” offensive tackle from St. Paul’s high school in Winnipeg.

“You can’t teach size and both of these kids have size and strength in spades,” said Friesen.
“Kevin is very quick and is probably the strongest player coming out of high school in
Edmonton, whereas Ben, at 6'4' 286 lbs, has very good feet and moves extremely well for a
big man and in my mind is the best offensive lineman coming out of Winnipeg.”

Of the 43 returning players, nine are starters from the offence, while the defence returns eight
starters. Key returnees for the Golden Bears offence include receivers Damon Fraietta and
Aaron Holba, running back Tendayi Jozzy, quarterback Quade Armstrong, kicker Hugh
O’Neill as well as offensive linemen Simeon Rottier, Gord Hinse, Michael Korpan, Chris
Kaminski and Iain McLean.

On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacking core remains largely intact with only one
graduating player. Returning are Dan Bass Jr., Evan Rogers, Scott Stevenson and Jean-
Marc Jones. Defensive linemen Ryan Semenchuk, Kyle Pagnucco, Greg Whelan and are
all back as are defensive backs Chris Muchena, Symon Pfau and Dean Guedo.

Jozzy, Rottier, Pagnucco and Muchena are all gearing up to play in the annual CIS East vs.
West Bowl, May 10 at McMaster University.

All practices for the Camp are at Foote Field and the times are as follows.

Thursday April 24th                  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.       (Practice - turf)
Friday April 25th                    7:15 - 9:15 p.m.       (Practice - turf)
Saturday April 26th                  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.      (Practice - turf)
                                     4:00 - 6:00 p.m.       (Practice – turf)
Sunday April 27th                   *1:00 – 3:00 p.m.       (Scrimmage-turf)
*Scrimmage open to the public

For more information on the Golden Bears Spring Camp please contact:

Coach Friesen - (780)492-8468-office, (780)974-6846 (cell),
jerry.friesen@ualberta.ca

Coach Lafferty – (780)492-8376 –office, jason.lafferty@ualberta.ca
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