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BURLINGTON, Ontario – Offensive coordinators around the league are well aware of the name Jack Cassar. Any game plan had to account for the versatile Carleton Ravens linebacker, who was a force all over the field in 2019 en route to earning the nod for Outstanding Stand-Up Defensive Player. Cassar, a fourth-year man from Mississauga, Ont., established himself as one of the conference’s best players on the defensive side of the ball with OUA first team all-star honours in 2018, but his overall game reached a new level this year for the Ravens. He began the campaign with a monster effort against Queen’s, registering 10 solo tackles and an assisted tackle in an 18-12 Carleton win. Cassar went on to tally 39 solo tackles throughout the season to go along with 10 of the assisted variety, finishing third in the conference with 6.3 tackles per game.
One of his best assets, however, is a relentless approach that allows him to apply pressure on opposing offences. Cassar accomplished that by chipping in four sacks, as well as seven total tackles for loss amounting to 40 yards. He also recovered a fumble and showed his prowess in coverage by breaking up five passes, which tied him for seventh in the conference in that category.
The evolution into OUA Outstanding Stand-Up Defensive Player isn’t much of a surprise for Cassar. The big, athletic, and vocal linebacker was known for his impressive pedigree before arriving in the nation’s capital, having previously won Team MVP honours on the Mississauga Warriors of the Ontario Varsity Football League. Cassar was also a member of the U-19 Team Canada squad that went to the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas in 2016 and he had a stint with the Canada Prep Raiders.