Alouette: Less stressful to David Cote

Kicker David Côté is already taking a look at an Alouettes boot camp veteran. At least, the athlete from Quebec is more comfortable than he was last year, when he was in his first professional camp with FC Montreal.

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“Let’s say I know more about how it works, it’s less known, it’s less tense, noted Côté, Friday, after the morning training held at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières. I can only focus on one thing: kicking the ball.”

The 25-year-old former University of Laval Rouge et Orr color holder remembers well his first day at Aloette’s training camp in 2021, when he showed up at the Olympic Stadium to switch to the team’s locker room.

“I was told it was in the basement of the Olympic Stadium, but I didn’t really know where to go,” he said with a laugh. “The last time I set foot there was in 2008. I had just turned 12 and that was the Gray Cup final between Alwight and the Calgary Stampeders. .

At the time, young David definitely had no idea that he would return there one day to become a professional footballer.

Nothing lightly

Having managed to break through Aloet’s lineup last year, Cottier didn’t take his position for granted during this camp at Trois-Rivieres. He especially finds himself in a fight with American player Andrew Foster, a player from Morehead State University, Kentucky. Australian kick specialist Joseph Zima also returned.

“I have the same mindset, and I know I have to work as if it was my first year at camp,” Cote pointed out. You can’t just sit back and take it lightly.”

In his first campaign with Aloette, Kicker scored 32 field goals in 39 attempts. He notably made nine kicks at 40 yards or more between columns.

The athlete says he followed a good training program, focused on blasting, during the off-season. He also frequently visited Shofu’s ball-kicking complex inside. Nearby, Cote also, last month, visited St. Louis Academy students, his former high school. Then take the opportunity to tell the students to believe in their dreams, while making the effort to make them come true.

Côté applies exactly this recipe, these days, to the Alouettes camp.

NFL: The ultimate dream

David Côté asserts that his age-old dream of one day developing in the NFL is far from haunting his ideas. However, his position as captain of the ball may indicate that it is not too late for him, at the age of 25.

Côté said, “I’m nowhere near thinking about it now, and focused on his position to keep the Montreal Alouette. It would be a lie to say that I no longer dream of it. Any footballer who logically aims to have the biggest league in the world and the NFL is The best league in our sport.”

Over the years, kickers Adam Vinatieri, Morten Anderson and Matt Bryant have proven that it is possible to play this position long after blowing out 40 candles. However, Kott is not someone who has lost himself in certain delusions.

“What I control now is hitting the next kick,” Kipker wisely says.

Alabama memories

There was a time when the American dream was more present in Cote’s mind. At this level, he recalls a trip in June 2016 during which he, accompanied by his father, Daniel, participated in a kick camp at the prestigious University of Alabama, under the Crimson Tide formation.

“It remains a beautiful memory, even if I can’t find a place for myself, he agrees. It was a very beautiful experience.”

Looking back on this journey, Cote says: “My parents have always supported and motivated me in my career. I think of my dad Daniel, but also my mum Linda [Giroux]. I think it’s important to mention that.”

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