Kotania named Canada West defensive player of the week


October 28, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – In the final week of conference season football action, Anthony Coombs (Manitoba), Brad Kotania (Saskatchewan) and Tylor Henry (Alberta) stood out above all others to claim Player of the Week honours.

OFFENCE: #1 Anthony Coombs, Manitoba

Home: Winnipeg, MB

Height: 5-9

Year: 3rd

Academic: Science

Manitoba running back/kick returner Anthony Coombs had a record breaking game as the #9 Bisons clinched second place in the final regular season game with a 60-18 win at Alberta on Saturday.

Coombs was spectacular, rushing for 175 yards on only 13 carries (13.5 avg.) along with a Canada West record 107 TD run plus added another 122 receiving yards on five catches (24.4 avg.) with 1 TD in only 2.5 half quarters. The third-year running back/kick returner had 297 all-purpose yards in the road victory that propelled Manitoba to a 5-3 record and host a playoff game for the first time ever at Investors Group Field.

Coombs salted the game late in the second quarter when Manitoba was pinned deep in their territory and broke off a 107 rushing TD that set the new conference record for longest rush and third longest in CIS history. The Winnipeg native added a 38-yard TD reception in the first quarter and did not play the last quarter and half to rest for playoffs.

For 2013, Coombs was first in Canada West all-purpose yards with 1,696 yards, second with 1,015 rushing yards, third in punt return average (11.6), ninth in receiving yards with 509 and second in overall touchdowns, with 11.

Manitoba now hosts its first playoff game since 2007, against the #10 Saskatchewan Huskies (5-3) on Friday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m. CT at Investors Group Field. The game is live on Shaw TV and canadawest.tv.

DEFENCE: #40 Brad Kotania, Saskatchewan

Home: Calgary, AB

Height: 5-9

Year: 1st

Academic: Arts & Science

First-year University of Saskatchewan linebacker Brad Kotania forced a fumble and recorded a sack while tallying seven total tackles in a 33-15 Saskatchewan win over the Regina Rams.

The Arts & Science student from Calgary, AB led the green and white in tackles on Saturday with a personal best of seven. Kotania’s sack and forced fumble gave the Huskies the ball in Regina territory early in the third after they had extended the lead to 19-7.

After defeating their provincial rivals for the second time this season to close out conference play, the # 10 Huskies will battle the No. 9 Manitoba Bisons Friday night in Winnipeg in a Canada West Semifinal.

SPECIAL TEAMS: #1 Tylor Henry, Alberta

Home: Camrose, AB

Height: 5-10

Year: 1st

Academic: Phys.Ed. & Recreation

First-year Alberta Golden Bears receiver Tylor Henry accumulated a staggering 341 all-purpose yards during Alberta’s season ending loss to the Manitoba Bisons. The Camrose, Alberta product hauled in a game high 11 passes for a game high 149 yards, and he returned five punts and two kick-offs for a total of 192 yards and one touchdown. In fact, his 106-yard kick-off return TD is the longest in U of A history, and only five yards shy of breaking the Canada West record.

Henry finished his debut CIS season first in Canada West receptions (59), first in receiving yards (688), fourth in receiving yards per game (86), second in punt return yard average (12), first in kickoff return yard average (26.6) and second in conference all-purpose yards (1,493). Saturday’s TD was his fifth of the season, a total that also includes a punt return TD and three receiving TDs.

Next Players of the Week: Monday, November 4