Cham­plain Cougar’s Star Re­ceiver Joël Zoun­grana To Fly With The Bos­ton Col­lege Ea­gles In 2012

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

The sum­mer hol­i­days got a lit­tle bit bet­ter for the Cham­plain Len­noxville Cougar’s star re­ceiver Joël Zoun­grana, as he was of­fered a full ath­letic schol­ar­ship to at­tend Bos­ton Col­lege, a Divi­sion I school, start­ing in the fall of 2012.

This news comes shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment that he would be the re­cip­i­ent of the Alou­ettes Ath­letic Ex­cel­lence bur­sary. “I ac­tu­ally knew about the of­fer from Bos­ton Col­lege be­fore the Alou­ettes’ bur­sary, says Zoun­grana at the open­ing of the Cougars Foot­ball Train­ing Camp. I went to their sum­mer camp for four days. I had a feel­ing that it was com­ing be­cause af­ter camp the coaches kept telling me good stuff and I had re­ceived of­fers from smaller schools, and dur­ing camp what­ever drill I was do­ing the whole staff was look­ing at me.” This of­fer is even more as­tound­ing con­sid­er­ing that the Ea­gles were not even scout­ing the Cougar re­ceiver, who had paid to at­tend the camp.

Bos­ton Col­lege, who had the num­ber one ranked run de­fense and thir­teenth over­all de­fense in the NCAA last year, is go­ing to be try­ing to bol­ster their of­fense which ranked 12th in the ACC and 109th in the NCAA in 2010. Zoun­grana, a speedy re­ceiver able to stretch the field with his blaz­ing 4.47s 40 yard dash, caught 31 passes last year for a team lead­ing 505 yards and four touch­downs.

The young re­ceiver, how­ever, is not wor­ried about the of­fen­sive is­sues of his fu­ture team: “They got a new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor out of the Min­nesota Vik­ings. There has been a lot of change in this pro­gram. Coach Spaziani has only been there for three years. They just need to find some sta­bil­ity and its go­ing to be fine. I am not wor­ried about the pro­gram at all. And I’ve been work­ing out all win­ter as a DB, so of course hav­ing a chance play­ing on that great de­fense will be some­thing. But I’ll play on ei­ther side of the ball, as long as I can con­trib­ute.”

The de­ci­sion to ac­cept only took a cou­ple of weeks, says Zoun­grana, who talked it over with his fam­ily, a few friends, and one spe­cial coach/friend from Mon­treal. “My par­ents don’t know much about foot­ball, so my men­tor, I guess you can call him, re­ally helped me out with that side of it.”

Be­fore mov­ing to Bos­ton Col­lege, how­ever, the star re­ceiver still has one more sea­son with the Cham­plain Cougars, where he will be try­ing to end the team’s ten year Bol d’Or drought. When this drought was men­tioned, the speedy re­ceiver quickly ex­claimed “We’re go­ing to get it this year!” He said he felt con­fi­dent this was the team that would fi­nally win it. “I am not think­ing about go­ing to Bos­ton Col­lege, I am putting that aside and the only thing go­ing on is that it’s Bol d’Or time.”

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