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TORONTO — There were many reasons why playing for Concordia made sense for Anthony Barrette, but the opportunity to have a former CFL all-star as a mentor was a bonus for the 2011 Canadian Draft prospect.
Barrette arguably took the biggest steps towards becoming a pro this past season when former Montreal Alouettes centre Bryan Chiu joined the Stingers to help run the offence and work with the O-line in particular.
“Anthony is a big, strong man who has amazingly quick feet, plays very physical, and is fast,” Chiu said.
“He has played against a lot of great athletes in the Quebec Conference and done very well. He gives 100 per cent effort on every play.”
Chiu’s expertise helped shape Barrette’s training in 2010 and his young protégé needed get ready for the next step – a shot at playing in the CFL.
Barrette heads into the draft ranked at #13 on the CFL’s Scouting Bureau list.
“Prior to the 2010 season when I wasn’t ranked at all, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to have to make an impact this season to somehow get myself (noticed).’ With hard work and a die-hard attitude, I gave everything I could and I left everything I had on the field,” said Barrette.
Click here to hear more from Barrette in his draft profile on BCLions.comTV