February 23, 2014 


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Tommy Robertson and Bogdan Pavel will be the next Hyacks to play college football at the CIS level. Robertson, a quarterback, has committed to the University of Windsor, while Pavel, a linebacker/defensive end, will play at the University of British Columbia. They will become the 25th and 26th NWSS graduates in the past 11 years to play college football.


6'3", 175 LBS



Tommy was the first-ever 3-year varsity starter at quarterback for the Hyacks. He finished with 2032 passing yards and 17 TDs, including 3 vs Belmont in 2013 which tied a school record. He was equally dangerous on the ground, rushing for 713 yards and 21 TDs, the most ever by a Hyack QB. An accomplished two-sport athlete, Tommy drew interest at the NCAA Div 2 level for both football and lacrosse. He is an eight-year member of the Hyacks program and becomes the first ever to receive a football scholarship to the University of Windsor.


"I am very excited and looking forward to spending the next five years at the University of Windsor," said Robertson. "The people there were wonderful - every single staff member, especially coach D'Amore, and the players were very welcoming and made me feel like I belonged. Windsor is also very strong academically, and has incredible facilities including an indoor track, spacious weight room, and gorgeous field. It's been an amazing experience growing up in the Hyacks football family. I want to thank the coaches for helping me get to this point and look forward to making them proud."


According to Lancers' head coach, Joe D'Amore, "Tommy is a great addition for us. For our team to add a player of his ability, we feel says alot about where our program is going. He is a talented QB with outstanding athleticism. He also has great size and once he gets into our off season program he will be able to compete for the starting role when (current starting QB) Austin Kennedy graduates."


"Tommy is a very high-character kid and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be," added NWSS head coach, Farhan Lalji. "He has made great strides in his three years as a starter with us and has truly become a student of the game. Tommy is a dangerous player with his arm and legs, and I know he has the work ethic and discipline to reach his potential at Windsor."


For more information on Tommy's signing with Windsor click here. 


6'4", 195 LBS



Bogdan was a key component of a much-improved Hyacks defense this past season. His finished with 26 tackles, 6 sacks and 8 tackles for loss in 2013 and was also a big contributor on special teams. He will be a dual sport athlete at UBC, as he plans to continue competing in track. Bogdan finished third, last summer at the Canadian Jr track and field championships in the 110 m hurdles. He becomes the 10th 'new-era' NWSS grad to play for UBC, joining Ian Henderson and Warren Reece as current Thunderbirds.


"I'm very honored that coach Olsen and the UBC coaches have shown this interest in me," said Pavel. "I know that it is a great program and one where I can reach my potential. It is important for me to stay close to home and go to a world-class university. I know that attempting to be a two-sport athlete will be a challenge, but one that I believe I can manage and still excel academically, if I continue to use my time wisely. It's been a very enjoyable 4 years playing football at NWSS. The coaches there always pushed me to reach new heights and I believe they have prepared me for this opportunity."


"Bogdan is a very talented, natural athlete and competitive both in Football and Track," said UBC head coach Shawn Olson. "Although, he has not played football for a long time, his length and speed give him a lot of potential. He is a very willing worker and I am very excited to see how he develops in our program."


"Bogdan is a raw talent that can go very far in this sport if he puts his mind to it," added coach Lalji. "He was our fastest player and combined that with his size to become a force on our defense. He is still learning the game and the more he plays and grows, the sky is the limit. I'm confident the UBC coaches will be able to tap into that potential."


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