Canada West Football Players of the Week: Mueller, Wellman, Harty


November 5, 2012, EDMONTON (ISN) – Regina Rams QB Marc Mueller, Rams DE Ryan Wellman and Calgary Dinos return specialist Jake Harty are Canada West football Players of the Week.

OFFENCE: #14 Marc Mueller,  Regina

University of Regina fifth-year quarterback Marc Mueller led a Rams  offence that collected exactly 500 net yards in the team’s 31-9 win over  Saskatchewan in a Canada West semifinal game on Friday.

Despite a snowstorm that didn’t let up until long after the game had  ended, Mueller completed 21 of his 32 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns.  All three of his touchdown passes were off long balls, starting with a  connection with Addison Richards in the back of the end zone from 25 yards out  late in the second half to give the Rams the lead for good.

Mueller also hit Kolten Solomon with a 59-yard catch-and-run on the  final play of the third quarter and found Landon Buch open on the right sideline  for a 63-yard touchdown midway through the fourth that essentially sealed the  victory for the Rams.

The Rams will now prepare for their fifth Hardy Cup game in their 14  seasons as a Canada West member. They’ll square off with Calgary on Saturday  with a 2 p.m. kickoff at McMahon Stadium.

DEFENCE: #62 Ryan Wellman,  Regina

Third-year defensive end Ryan Wellman led a Rams defence that helped  give the team a 31-9 win over Saskatchewan on Friday night in the Canada West  semifinals at Mosaic Stadium.

Wellman was quiet until late in the third quarter, when a hard hit on  Saskatchewan’s Jeff Moore on a kickoff return forced a fumble that deflected off  Landon Buch before going out of bounds, giving the Rams the ball right back  after a Buch touchdown.

He was at it again on Saskatchewan’s next possession, elevating to  knock down a Drew Burko pass to force a two-and-out. Early in the fourth with  Saskatchewan starting a drive from Regina’s 48-yard line, Wellman recovered a  Shane Buchanan fumble following a Chris Sciog hit, setting up a Rams drive where  the offensive would deliver the knockout punch to the Huskies with a long  touchdown pass to Buch.

The Rams defence hasn’t allowed a point in the last two games, as the  nine Saskatchewan points came off a conceded safety and a fumble return  touchdown.

The Rams will now prepare for their fifth Hardy Cup game in their 14  seasons as a Canada West member. They’ll square off with Calgary on Saturday  with a 2 p.m. kickoff at McMahon Stadium.

SPECIAL TEAMS: #6 Jake Harty,  Calgary

Coming into the game all the hype was around Manitoba  receiver/returners Nic Demski and Anthony Coombs – but it was the Dinos’ Jake  Harty that stole the show.

On the offence, Harty was the only player on either team with more  than 100 yards on the day, finishing with eight catches for 106 yards and a  touchdown – a career-best receiving performance – as the Dinos punched their  ticket to the 76th Hardy Cup with a 57-18 win over the Bisons  Saturday night.

And on special teams, he was dominant. He returned seven punts a  total of 53 yards, but his biggest impact came late in the third quarter. After  the Bisons had put their first points of the game on the board, Harty went back  to return the ensuing kickoff. Catching the ball on his own goal line, he found  a seam and blew through it, returning the kick 110 yards to the end zone. It was  the longest kickoff return in Canada West history, and it restored a 40-plus  point lead for Calgary heading into the fourth quarter.

He finished with 269 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the  game.

Next Players of the  Week:  Monday, November 12

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