U Sports POW (5): In the thick of it now


Offensive Player of the Week
Name: Kaleb Scott
University: Saint Mary’s University
Position: Quarterback
Hometown: Mount Albert, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Third
Academic program: BA
Height and weight: 6’3″, 190 lbs

Saint Mary’s Huskies quarterback Kaleb Scott is the Atlantic University Sport football offensive player of the week for the week ending Sept. 24, 2017.

A third-year arts student from Mount Albert, Ont., Scott went 21 for 41 for 356 yards passing and a touchdown in the Huskies’ 27-26 come-from-behind victory over the Mount Allison Mounties Saturday in Sackville, N.B.

He also had 14 carries for 154 yards in the win.

Scott is currently leading the AUS conference and sitting second in the country in passing yards per game, averaging 346.5. He is also ranked second in AUS rushing, averaging 106.5 yards per game. 

Defensive Player of the Week
Name: Nathaniel Fermin
: St. Francis Xavier University
: Defensive back
: Pickering, Ont.
Year of eligibility
: Fourth
Academic program
: BA
Height and weight
: 5’11”, 177 lbs

St. Francis Xavier X-Men defensive back Nathaniel Fermin has been named the AUS football defensive player of the week.

A fourth-year arts student from Pickering, Ont., Fermin had 9.0 tackles (eight solo and two assisted) in StFX’s 37-27 win over the Bishop’s Gaiters Saturday in Lennoxville, Que.

He also had a pass break up in the win.

Fermin currently leads the X-Men in tackles per game, averaging 6.3.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Name: Kaion Julien-Grant
University: St. Francis Xavier University
Position: Receiver
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Year of eligibility: Second
Academic program: BA Human Kinetics
Height and weight: 6’2″, 197 lbs

St. Francis Xavier X-Men receiver Kaion Julien-Grant is the Atlantic University Sport football special teams player of the week for the week ending Sept. 24, 2017.

A third-year human kinetics student in his second year of eligibility from Toronto, Julien-Grant had 10 punt returns for 188 yards in the X-Men’s 37-27 win over Bishops on Saturday.

In the fourth quarter, he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown—his third of the day as he also had two receiving touchdowns.

Julien-Grant had 312 all-purpose yards in the game, bringing him to 798 yards on the season, good for tops in the AUS and third in the country, as is his 199.5 all-purpose yards per game average. 


RSEQ University Football: Jonathan Breton-Robert, Marc-Antoine Dequoy et Félix Ménard-Brière named

Montréal, September 25, 2017 – Laval receiver Jonathan Breton-Robert, Montréal defensive back Marc-Antoine Dequoy and Montréal kicker Félix Ménard-Brière are the RSEQ University Football student-athletes of the week for the period ending September 24, 2017.

Offensive Student-Athlete
Jonathan Breton-Robert

Team: Rouge et Or
University: Laval
Hometown: Saint-Anselme, Québec
Age: 21
Height: 5’10’’
Weight: 175 lbs.
Former team: Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon


The Rouge et Or receiver had eight catches for 84 yards as he helped his team down the Concordia Stingers on Sunday afternoon at Stade TELUS-UL. Jonathan Breton-Robert now leads the RSEQ with 28 receptions in four games this season.
Defensive Student-Athlete
Marc-Antoine Dequoy
Defensive backTeam: Carabins
University: Montréal
Hometown: Île Bizard, Québec
Height: 6’3’’
Age: 21
Weight: 190 lbs.
Former team: Collège MontmorencyHighlights:

In a stellar performance by the Carabins’ defence, defensive back Marc-Antoine Dequoy led the way. The sophomore made two interceptions in 16-3 win over the Redmen on Friday night at McGill. On his second interception, he returned it all the way for a touchdown for the only major of the game. He also picked up a solo and an assisted tackle.
Special Teams Student Athlete
Félix Ménard-Brière
KickerTeam: Carabins
University: Montréal
Hometown: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec
Age: 23
Height: 6’00’’
Weight: 178 lbs.
Former team: Collège MontmorencyHighlights:

Kicker Félix Ménard-Brière played up to his reputation in a 16-3 Carabins victory over the Redmen on Friday night at McGill. The fifth-year senior booted 8-of-10 punts inside the 20 yards line. He also averaged 47.3 yards per punt and 73.5 yards per kick off.
Source: Robin Verreault | University Programs Coordinator

OUA players of the week

Offence: Alex Taylor – Western Mustangs

Fourth-year veteran Alex Taylor proved to be a handful for Queen’s defence on the weekend leading the Mustangs to a 48 – 10 win at TD Stadium.

The Winnipeg native rushed for 184 yards on fourteen carries converting one touchdown. Demonstrating his versatility, he was able to secure 50 yards receiving from five catches, two of which resulted in touchdowns.

The Western Mustangs depended on Taylor’s three touchdowns to secure their fifth consecutive win in regular season play. The Mustangs continue to sit at the top of the table with a 5-0-0 record.  They will visit the Laurier Golden Hawks on the weekend in a rematch of last year’s Yates Cup. This game will determine the last remaining undefeated team in OUA regular season play.

Defence: Rossini Sandjong-Djabome – York Lions

York defensive end Rossini Sandjong-Djabome had a huge game for the Lions in their 41-16 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues in the 48th Red & Blue Bowl, recording five solo tackles, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

He scored the first touchdown of his career following a strip sack by teammate Damian Jamieson, picking up the ball on the 10-yard line and running it into the end zone to extend York’s lead to 24-2 in the first half. His first of two sacks came on Toronto’s opening drive of the second half, causing the Blues to turn the ball over on downs with an eight-yard sack on a third-down play. His second was for an 11-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

Sandjong-Djabome leads the OUA in yards lost on sacks (46) and tackles for loss (61) and is fifth in the conference in sacks (four) and tied for 33rd in tackles per game (4.4).

Special Teams: Kurleigh Gittens Jr.  – Laurier Golden Hawks

The battle of Waterloo saw two undefeated teams face-off with local bragging rights on the line. On this particular weekend, it was the Laurier Golden Hawks who would come out on top with a 71- 24 victory over their cross-town rivals Waterloo.

Gittens Jr. was dangerous all game long providing the Golden Hawks with options both on special teams and on offence. The fourth-year student from Ottawa was able to convert a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown. He would also add three kickoff returns for 75 yards. On offence, he recorded his second touchdown of the game.

The Laurier Golden Hawks will go head-to-head against the Western Mustangs on September 30th, 2017 at 1:00 pm at University Stadium.

Source: OUA.ca


CANADA WEST players of the week: McKoy’s pair of picks lifts Manitoba to victory


  • Alberta RB Ed Ilnicki (offence), Manitoba DB Jayden McKoy (defence), and UBC returner Will Maxwell (special teams) are the Week 4 CW football players of the week
  • McKoy posted a pair of interceptions on back-to-back possessions for the Manitoba Bisons, as the Herd earned an 18-16 victory over the Regina Rams Saturday
  • Be sure to catch this week’s Canada West Football Showcase game, as Regina vs. Saskatchewan (Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. CST) will be available across the CW distribution network


EDMONTON – The Canada West football schedule reached its midway point over the weekend, and on Monday the conference unveiled the Week 4 players of the week.

Manitoba defensive back Jayden McKoy headlines the winners, as the fourth-year vet posted a pair of interceptions for the Manitoba Bisons in an 18-16 win over the Regina Rams to claim the defensive player of the week award. McKoy’s interceptions came on back-to-back Regina possessions, with the first being a 47-yard pick-six, which stood up as Manitoba’s lone major on the afternoon.

Offensively, Ed Ilnicki’s big season continued, as the fifth-year Business student posted 196 yards to run his season total to 551 yards – tops in CW, while on special teams UBC’s Will Maxwell’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped propel the T-Birds to a 41-21 victory.

Week 5 of the season goes Friday, Sept. 29, as the Rams travel to Saskatoon to take on the Saskatchewan Huskies in the CW Football Showcase. That game can be seen on SaskTel (Saskatchewan), TELUS (Alberta and B.C.), and Bell MTS (Manitoba), while the Alberta-Manitoba and Calgary-UBC games can be viewed exclusively on Canada West TV.


RB – Ed Ilnicki
Alberta Golden Bears
Spruce Grove, Alta.

For the first time this season, an Alberta Golden Bear is a conference player of the week, as running back Ed Ilnicki takes home Week 4 honours.

The fifth-year veteran racked up 196 rushing yards against the UBC thunderbirds Saturday, accounting for all three Alberta majors in a 41-21 loss at Foote Field.

After four weeks of play, Ilnicki sits first in the race for the Canada West rushing crown with 551 yards. The Business student is looking to become the first Golden Bear since Jarred Winkel in 2003 and 2004 to win the CW rushing crown.

Alberta (0-4) is back in action this Friday when they travel to Manitoba to take on the Bisons (1-3).


DB – Jayden McKoy
Manitoba Bisons
Winnipeg, Man.

On the defensive side of the ball, a big day from Manitoba Bison Jayden McKoy earned the defensive back Canada West honours. McKoy registered interceptions on back-to-back Regina possessions in the second quarter, as Manitoba claimed an 18-16 win over the Rams at Mosaic Stadium.

Both McKoy interceptions were critical to Manitoba picking up their first win of the season, as the first was a 47-yard pick six – the lone major on the day for the Bisons – while the next came in the end zone, taking points off the board for Regina.


RET – Will Maxwell
UBC Thunderbirds
Calgary, Alta.

Rounding out the Week 4 winners is UBC’s Will Maxwell, who is the special team’s player of the week. Maxwell registered 155 kickoff return yards on the day, including a 96-yard return to the end zone in the second quarter of the T-Birds 20-point road victory.

The win improved UBC’s record to 3-1, good for sole possession of second place in the conference standings.

UBC returns home this Friday for a matchup with the Calgary Dinos (4-0) in a battle for first-place in the Canada West standings.


Source: Canadawest.org

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