October 7, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – For the second consecutive week, University of Calgary Dinos running back Mercer Timmis has been selected Canada West football offensive Player of the Week, while Kareem Ba (UBC, defence) and Taylor Wandler (Regina, special teams) have also won weekly awards.
OFFENCE: #20 Mercer Timmis, Calgary
Home: Burlington, ON
Academic: Haskayne School of Business
Quite simply, Mercer Timmis continues to dominate Calgary’s offence as their No. 1 running back.
On Friday night in Saskatchewan, the second-year business student had a game-high 17 carries for a total of 178 yards, averaging 10.1 on the night. His longest carry was an incredible 80-yard run in the fourth quarter to solidify Calgary’s sixth win of the season. The touchdown was his 14th rushing touchdown of the season, giving him sole possession of the school single-season record. It was also his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game this season.
The Dinos have a bye week before hosting the Regina Rams in their second match-up of the season. The Dinos defeated the Rams 34-27 the last time the team went head-to-head on Sept. 6.
DEFENCE: #8 Kareem Ba, UBC
Home: White Rock, BC
Kareem Ba was a man possessed Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg as he led the UBC Thunderbirds defence with 2.5 sacks, 6 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a 28-24 victory over the #10 Manitoba Bisons. With the victory UBC improved to 3-0 on the road.
The fourth-year Kinesiology student from White Rock, BC was a constant thorn in Manitoba quarterback Jordan Yantz’s side, harassing him all day long and limiting the Bisons pivot to just 194 yards passing. The Thunderbirds defensive line combined for five quarterback sacks, including 2.5 from Ba. He also helped to limit one of the country’s best running backs, Anthony Coombs, to just 87 yards rushing.
Ba is now tied for second in the conference with 4 sacks on the season and is first in forced fumbles with 3.
SPECIAL TEAMS: #16 Taylor Wandler, Regina
Home: Regina, SK
Academic: Campion Arts
Taylor Wandler was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts on Saturday in the University of Regina Rams’ 25-20 victory over Alberta.
Wandler’s three field goals included a season-long 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter which gave the Rams their first lead of the game. He also hit a 36-yard field goal in the first and was good from 21 yards out midway through the second.
Wandler also punted seven times for an average of 41.4 yards per punt, including a long of 52 yards. He also had a pair of punts go out-of-bounds inside Alberta’s own 10-yard line, forcing the Golden Bears to start drives deep in their own territory on two occasions.
Next Players of the Week: Monday, October 21
Canada West Annual Publication: www.azbycx1928.com/cw78hjfdbje/