PLAYER PROFILE

Skyler Wansbrough

Running Back / Wide Receiver 

Age 13 

Kanata Knights 

Height: 5’9’ 

Weight - 133 LBS

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Kanata Knights offensive threat Skyler Wansbrough is a player every coach wants when putting points on the board. The 13-year-old has proven to be a factor and a defensive nightmare, playing at the running back and wide receiver position. Wansbrough’s elusiveness is truly special, and his determination to make an impact on the field is why he’s been so successful.

Wansbrough’s speed and endurance are a major asset to his game, and his achievements back it up. He won athlete of the year at Lombardy school, finished as the number one overall combine winner (pre-COVID) for mosquito, placed first in the cross country regionals, first in the ball throw regionals, and first in the 200 and 400-meter sprint at regionals. He has quite the resume for an up-and-coming athlete.

His significant playmaking ability is why he’s so unique, along with creating separation off the line of scrimmage and beating the cornerback to be a quarterbacks security blanket. However, that’s not enough for Wansbrough; he believes there’s always

room for improvement. His training consists of intense footwork and cardio, whether it’s at home doing workouts or meeting with running back and wide receiver coaches; his eyes are set on making a significant impact on the field.

Juking and making the defender miss is a critical part of Wansbrough’s game, and his goal is to emulate Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill, aka ‘Cheetah.’ Like Hill, that’s what separates him from the rest of the league. Wansbrough also admires former 49er and now Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who is considered one of the greatest of all time at the wide receiver position.

When Wansbrough hits the field, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Unfortunately, his grandfather passed away, and that’s what drives him to become an exceptional player. Many people try to drag him down, telling him he won’t make it to the professional level. This fuels the fire for Wansbrough-- to prove the doubters wrong and let his game do the talking.

Off the field, Wansbrough is a straight-A student in the classroom, and he’s a teaching assistant for science and math assignments, helping those struggling with their work. At a young age, the way he manages his schedule is more than impressive. He gets his schoolwork done immediately, does his chores around the house, then following that with workouts consisting of drills or anything that improves his skillset. His commitment doesn’t stop there; his football practice is over an hour away from him, solely dedicating himself to this sport.

One of his most prominent out of sports achievements is installing windows for his grandfather and finishing a sidewalk with concrete.

Wansbrough is focused on his future, as he looks forward to playing high school football to show his all-star potential. However, his eyes are also set on this season, where he’s training intensively with coach Eddie Brown to help his team get to the finals and walk away as champions. Look out for Wansbrough’s impact on this season and the coming future; his name is certainly one to keep an eye on.

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