Canada West Football Players of the Week: Clark, Wellman, Demski

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September 24, 2012, EDMONTON – Manitoba Bisons QB Cam Clark, Regina Rams DL Ryan Wellman and Bisons return specialist Nic Demski are Canada West football Players of the Week.

OFFENCE: #8 Cam Clark, Manitoba

Manitoba Bisons fifth-year quarterback Cam Clark assaulted the team record book as he dazzled with an impressive 23-27 (85%) passing performance for 442 yards, tied for second-most in team history. In addition, he threw four touchdown passes, with no interceptions, adding 16 rushing yards on seven carries, leading the #8 Manitoba Bisons to a home win against Alberta Golden Bears by a score of 51-38 on Saturday.

Clark started the game with a bang as he hooked up with receiver Danny Turek for a 80-yard TD pass on the second play of the game and completed other long TD passes of 44, 30 and 37 yards in his first 400-yard Canada West passing game.

During a stretch from the end of the second quarter to midway though the fourth quarter, Clark completed 14 consecutive passes when the Bisons rallied from a seven point halftime deficit.

In conference stats, the Whalley, B.C. native is third in Canada West passing, with 1164 yards, third in pass efficiency (160.5), third in TD passes (8) and first in pass yards/competition average (18.2).

Manitoba (3-1) travels to play the Regina Rams (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. MT.

DEFENCE: #62 Ryan Wellman, Regina

Third-year defensive end Ryan Wellman was a disruptive force all game long for the Rams in their 35-26 road win over the #7 Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday in Saskatoon.

With All-Canadian defensive lineman Stefan Charles out due to a thumb injury, Wellman stepped up on the line in a big way for the Rams. He ended up with five solo tackles, four assisted tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a pass breakup, and a sack for the Rams.

Wellman’s sack essentially sealed the victory for the Rams, as he got to Saskatchewan quarterback Chase Bradshaw on a late third-down gamble for a 13-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Logan Brooks. After securing one more first down along the ground, the Rams preserved their first road victory over Saskatchewan since 2007.

Wellman now leads the Rams and ranks third in the conference with five tackles for loss at the halfway point of the season.

The Rams kick off the second half of the Canada West schedule this Friday at home against Manitoba in what will be a battle of 3-1 teams.

DEFENCE: #9 Nic Demski, Manitoba

Manitoba Bisons second-year running back/kick returner Nic Demski showed his versatility again on both special teams and offence as he made another significant impact during the 2012 season.

Early in the third quarter, his 98-yard missed field goal return ignited the CIS #8 Manitoba Bisons to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit and set-up a touchdown on the next play. Demski accounted for 128 punt return yards (including the 98-yarder) and two kickoff returns for 42 yards as the Bisons defeated the Alberta Golden Bears (0-4) by a score of 51-38 in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Four out of Demski’s five longer returns directly resulted in putting the Bisons in good field position and they proceeded to score touchdowns on the ensuing drive.

The 18 year-old sophomore is first in Canada West punt return average at (17.4), first in kickoff returns with a 27.1-yard average and tops the conference in all-purpose yards, with 784.

Manitoba (3-1) travels to play the Regina Rams (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. MT.

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