The pandemic has changed the plans of Jonathan Sénécal

La pandémie a changé les plans de Jonathan Sénécal

The isolation related to the pandemic COVID-19 could not come at a worse time for the quarterback, Jonathan Sénécal.

Arrived in Storrs in the suburbs of Hartford in January to begin his studies at Cinemed, the outstanding player of the college circuit Division 1 with the Phenix Andre-Grasset in 2018 has begun an intensive rehabilitation program after having undergone a knee operation to treat an anterior cruciate ligament torn, a wound received during the first game of the season 2019.

“It is too bad that I had to go back to the house when the campus closed, should Senecal. In the United States, my rehabilitation was going twice as fast. I had treatment and I was doing exercises from Monday to Saturday. I had everything on hand. I saw a good progression. I was running for two months and I had also started to launch. “

“The plan was that I would be ready for the start of training camp on the 1st of August” to continue the pivot 6 ‘ and 189 lbs that has in just two years the record for the highest number of touchdowns in career in Division 1 with 59 equal with Arnaud Desjardins, of the Spartans of Old Montreal. “We had planned a gradual return by going at my own pace. I didn’t feel pressure to return as quickly as possible. “

In the lack of football

Back in Montreal for the week of spring break, Sénécal is never returned because the university campus was closed. He knows that he will not return to its teammates a team of Huskies before the 1st of June at best. “I was given a training program that I do five times a week, he told. This is not diversified as it was the case on the spot, but I feel nevertheless a progression. If I do my physical therapy as it should, I don’t think my back will be slowed. I can run, but I can’t launch it. “

If he camped the role of the observer in camp spring, Senecal believes that his adaptation is going well. “I look forward to playing because I opted for the NCAA for football, has pointed out that the last match dates back to 24 August, 2019 in the face of the Titans de Limoilou. It is different to end up as an observer on the sidelines instead of playing, but I love my experience so far. It is going well at school, but the language is the most difficult aspect. “


With the Huskies, Sénécal has found three other Quebecers, of which the pivot Jack Zergotis, the Islanders of John Abbott, who has seen action in 10 games last year in his rookie season. Zergotis has been starting most of the time when it was used. He has amassed 1782 yards and threw nine touchdowns.

As Senecal, Micah Leon is on the button. The pivot that has transferred from North Carolina State has not played in 2019, after an operation to a shoulder.

“We are currently five quarter-back and the coach told us that the starting job was open and that the best would get the job, stressed Sénécal, who has worn the colors of the canadian team in 2017 and 2018 to the International Bowl played in Arlington, Texas. I have a good understanding with Jack. ”

The quarter-back of quebec (in progress

Ron Aboud likes what he sees in the quarters-rear quebecers who make interesting advances.

In addition to Jack Zergotis and Jonathan Sénécal who find themselves in the NCAA, Aboud place great hopes in Hugo Richard, who will play his second season in the uniform of the Montreal Alouettes. “If given the opportunity, Hugo is capable of playing in the CFL,” says the old pivot star of the Concordia Stingers, which launched a school quarter-back after his career and who has developed some of the best pivots in Quebec over the past two decades, including Richard. Hugo has a powerful arm, it is fast and it handles well with the attack. Vernon Adams Jr will be the basis of the Cheerleader, but the second and third quarters-the rear have nothing more than Hugo. “

“The quarter-back of québec, have need of visibility, continue Aboud, who has been elected as the outstanding player of the RSEQ in 1990 and holds the position of coach of the quarter-back with the Cheetahs de Vanier. Hugo is our hope. When there will be a quarter-to-back quebec in the CFL, it will open more doors for others. I really hope that the Alouettes will give him a chance. “

Aboud wanted to contribute to the growth of the pivots quebec when he founded his school a few years after the conclusion of his career. He played a year in France in 1994 before hanging up his helmet. “I wanted to develop the best quarter-backs in the country,” he said.

Two years ago, Aboud has passed on his hopes to Myles Gibbon, one of its alumni, which continues his work, and who had already launched his own school.

To monitor

Among the Canadians who will be to watch in the NCAA in the near future, there is the Franco-Ontarian Christian Veilleux. Evolving in a preparatory school in Maryland, Veilleux has received offers from programs such as Clemson, LSU, and Michigan, among others. He had not yet made his choice, but he will make the leap in the NCAA in 2021.

In the eyes of Aboud, Arnaud Desjardins is also part of the young guns to watch for. He was able to see him in action during his three years with the Spartans of Old Montreal. It was also seen at the school of Gibbon, to whom he gives a helping hand to the opportunity.

“It will be among the best in the country, he mentioned about the pivot which will make its debut with the Red and Gold of the University Laval in September. He is calm and he always throws the ball in the right place at the right time. At its 3rd season, it is rare that he missed a receiver. It was not constant to his first season and improved in his second. “

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