Name: Ben Labrosse
Position: Defensive back
Weight: 196 lbs
Hometown: Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
High School: Vanier College
2020 stats: Labrosse came back from injury mid-season to contribute on special teams and got some reserve run at the safety positions. He finished the year with eleven stops and one tackle for loss.
2021 projections: Ben took advantage of some of the tumult ahead of him on the depth chart last season and looked good in some of the run that he got. He’ll at least get special teams looks, similar to last season, and likely be on the two-deep in the middle of the field somewhere. With his size and the experience he had last season, he should be up for an enhanced role this year.
How’d he get here?: Per Syracuse.com, Buffalo, Central Michigan and UMass were also in the hunt or the Quebec native. He camped at Syracuse in high school and was extended an offer after in-person evals.
What’d recruiting sites say?: After he committed, Labrosse was given a three-star rating by 247Sports.com.
Money quote: In that same article above, Labrosse spoke on the camp process. Apparently he impressed enough that even without 1v1 and 7v7, the Orange offered on the spot —
“Even though I didn’t get to fully display my talents, they still ended up offering after the camp and I was already prepared to accept the offer,” Labrosse said. “The coaches were overall amazing with the whole process and were very happy to hear me commit.”
Twitter feed: @BenLabrosse
Tweets of wonder: Hasn’t had much activity since last year, so we’re going to go with this gem again.
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Since we’re hoping for the Orange program to have a little bit of a reboot this year, I think it’s fitting that Dino would opt for him to watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The 2021 movie starred Ben Affleck as Batman in the remake of the original Joss Whedon cut of the film from 2017. The original cut was widely panned (and was genuinely bad), like the 2020 season, but gained redemption with the release of the Snyder Cut, like we’re hoping for the upcoming year.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Since we’re in an olympic year, it’s time to note that his hometown of Greenfield Park, Quebec, has been home to many Olympians over the years, including Cynthia Coull, a figure skater in the 1986 games, Émilie Heymans a diver and medalist in the 2000 (silver), 2004 (bronze), 2008 (silver) and 2012 (bronze) games and Charline Labonte who was the goaltender for the gold medal winning Canadian women’s hockey team in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Let’s get a look at ya: Hudl. That is all.