Football Players of the Week: Buckley, Rush, Van Gylswyk

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September 23, 2013, Edmonton (ISN) – Andrew Buckley passed for 400 yards in the first half of Calgary’s win on Friday, earning offensive Player of the Week honours, while Ben Rush recorded 2.5 sacks in the U of S Huskies’ victory and Quinn Van Gylswyk went 5-5 on field goals to lift the UBC T-Birds.

OFFENCE: #8 Andrew Buckley, QB (Calgary)

Home: Calgary, AB

Year: 3rd

Academic: Kinesiology

Height: 6-0

Three starts, three wins – and the third-best single-game passing performance in University of Calgary history for third-year Dinos quarterback Andrew Buckley.

Buckley directed an explosive Calgary offence Friday night in the Dinos’ 48-24 dismantling of the Manitoba Bisons. It began with an incredible first half that saw him pass for 400 yards, leading to a final tally of 512 yards on 24 of 36 passing and three TDs – two of which were a 91-yard bomb to Brett Blaszko and a 56-yarder to Rashaun Simonise – a perfectly-thrown lob that found the speedster freshman in full stride behind coverage.

It was the ninth-best passing performance in conference history, and all but 11 yards came in the first three quarters as the Dinos completed just one pass in the fourth, running the ball to protect the lead and bleed the clock.

The third-year kinesiology student who took over from reigning conference MVP Eric Dzwilewski in Week 1 now has the best pass efficiency in the conference at 162.7, completing 63.8 per cent of his passes for 1096 yards and six touchdowns this season – and he has his team at 4-0.

The Dinos look to remain undefeated this weekend as they travel north to face their winless provincial rivals, the Alberta Golden Bears (0-4) Saturday night at Foote Field.

DEFENCE: #42 Ben Rush, DE (Saskatchewan)

Home: Humboldt, SK

Year: 4th

Academic: Arts & Science

Height: 6-3

Fifth-year University of Saskatchewan defensive end Ben Rush recorded 3.5 tackles total tackles including 2.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in a 39-17 Saskatchewan win over the Alberta Golden Bears.

Rush’s sacks in the game pushed the Golden Bears back 10 yards, 12 yards and 2 yards on the plays. The 12-yard sack in the second quarter forced a two-and-out.

Rush is tied for second in the Canada West in sacks with three on the season and tied for first in the conference with two fumble recoveries.

The No. 7 Huskies travel to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday.

SPECIAL TEAMS: #2 Quinn Van Gylswyk, K (UBC)

Home: Victoria, B.C.

Year: 1st

Academic: Arts

Height: 6-5

UBC kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk had his best game so far this season kicking five field goals and averaging 42.3 yards per punt in helping the Thunderbirds defeat the Regina Rams 37-27 Saturday night in Regina.

Playing in his first year with the ‘Birds Van Gylswyk had struggled at times with his field goals in the first three games of the season, but was on target in his fourth against Regina. He was a perfect five for five, including hitting a pair from beyond 40 yards (43, 41).

His punting was outstanding as usual, kicking seven times for average of 42.3 yards per kick and three times pinning the Rams inside their own 20 yard line. Van Gylswyk is second in the country in punting average (42.7 yards/kick) behind Manitoba’s Nick Boyd.

The Thunderbirds are back in action next Saturday when they play host to the Saskatchewan Huskies at Thunderbird Stadium.

Next Players of the Week: Monday, September 30

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