Canada West Football Players of the Week: Timmis, Lesperance, Mark


September 30, 2013, EDMONTON – University of Calgary running back Mercer Timmis led the #5 Dinos to victory with four touchdowns, while teammate Johnny Mark was perfect on kicking duty and Connor Lesperance led a tough Manitoba Bisons defence.


OFFENCE: #20 Mercer Timmis, Calgary

Home: Burlington, ON

Height: 6-1

Year: 2nd

Academic: Haskayne School of Business

Mercer Timmis of the Calgary Dinos just keeps finding the end zone.

The second-year tailback ran roughshod over the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday night in Edmonton, picking up 214 yards on just 16 carries as the Dinos crushed their provincial rivals 76-21 to improve to 5-0 on the season. And for the second week in a row, Timmis scored four touchdowns.

His first was a career long and came on a 63-yard romp late in the opening quarter. He added two more in the second quarter from 33 and five yards, then capped off his day with an 8-yard major on the first series of the third quarter. It was his last touch of the night, giving him all of his stats in just over two quarters’ work.

The Haskayne School of Business student has 14 all-purpose touchdowns on the year – just three shy of the Dinos’ record of 17 set by Don Blair in his 1995 Hec Crighton-winning season. Timmis has tied the school record of 13 rushing touchdowns in a year and sits just one back of the Canada West record in that category – with three games left on the schedule.

The 5-0 Dinos can clinch first place in Canada West with a win over the Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon (7 p.m., Shaw TV).

DEFENCE: #3 Connor Lesperance, Manitoba

Home: Winnipeg, MB

Height: 5-11

Year: 1st

Academic: Asper School of Business

Manitoba Bisons defensive back Connor Lesperance made an immediate impact despite not starting the game as he had two key interceptions (for 45 interception return yards) against the conference leader in pass offence. #10 Manitoba defeated the Regina Rams by a 34-15 result at home on Saturday to improve to 3-2 on the season.

With Regina trying to get back into the contest at the end of the third, Lespernace had his first interception against backup John Kiesman as the Rams were deep in Bison territory and made a toe-tap catch on the sidelines on a tipped ball to end the threat. On the second interception, Regina had narrowed the lead to 12 points early in the fourth and Lesperance jumped up high to pick the ball off as Regina started the drive at mid-field and had a 45-yard return. With the great field position off the interception, the BIsons scored on the ensuing possession and salted the game away with a touchdown.

Lesperance added two solo tackles in the victory. The Winnipeg native has played in all five conference games so far this season in his rookie campaign and registered 12.0 tackles with two break-ups and two interceptions in 2013.

In week six, the Bisons finish off their regular season home schedule when they host the UBC Thunderbirds at Investors Group Field on Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m. CT.

SPECIAL TEAMS: #33 Johnny Mark, Calgary

Home: Peterborough, ON

Height: 6-0

Year: 3rd

Academic: Science

Johnny Mark continued his consistent play for the University of Calgary Dinos Saturday night in a 76-21 romp of the Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton.

On his only field goal attempt of the night, the third-year science student connected from a career long of 46 yards to remain a perfect 9-for-9 on the season. And dealing with a wind that continued to change directions at Foote Field, he punted seven times for a 47.1-yard average.

The second-team All-Canadian made 10 point-after attempts, hit a career long field goal, and added a punt single, accounting for 14 points on the night. He trails only teammate Mercer Timmis in scoring with 59 points on the season.

Mark and the Dinos (5-0) look to clinch first place in the conference for the third straight season when they visit the Saskatchewan Huskies (4-1) Friday night at Griffiths Stadium (7 p.m., Shaw TV).

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Christian J. Stewart
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