November 21, 2013, QUEBEC CITY (ISN) – Jordan Heather, a fifth-year quarterback from Bishop’s University, was named CIS football player of the year, on Thursday night.

The history student from Oromocto, N.B., became the first member of the Gaiters program to claim the Hec Crighton Trophy since the inception of the award in 1967. He is the seventh straight pivot to receive the trophy since Windsor running back Daryl Stephenson was honoured in 2006.

Other CIS award winners announced during the Sun Life Financial All-Canadian Banquet were Western linebacker Pawel Kruba, who captured the Presidents’ Trophy as defensive player of the year; McGill offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who merited the J.P. Metras Trophy as most outstanding down lineman; McMaster wide receiver Daniel Vandervoort, who received the Peter Gorman Trophy as top rookie; Bishop’s head coach Kevin Mackey, who claimed the Frank Tindall Trophy; and Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley, the recipient of the prestigious Russ Jackson Award honouring excellence in football, academics and citizenship.

The gala was held at Hilton Quebec Hotel as part of the TELUS Vanier Cup celebrations. Laval and Calgary face off in the 49th CIS championship final Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at TELUS-Université Laval Stadium in Quebec City, live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 and Radio-Canada, as well as on the web at

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Heather made his fifth and final season with the Gaiters, his third as a starter, a memorable one. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior shattered one of the most prestigious single-season records in CIS football thanks to an astounding 3,132 passing yards in eight league games (391.5 ypg), surpassing the mark of 3,047 set only a week earlier by Western’s Will Finch, the OUA nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy. The national standard before this fall was 3,033 by Michael Faulds, also of Western, in 2009.

Over the course of his magical campaign, Heather was named RSEQ player of the week four times and claimed the CIS honour on three occasions in nine contests, including playoffs. In addition to the CIS passing yards record, he set an RSEQ season mark with 20 touchdown passes – against only seven interceptions – and completed a team-record 199 passes (199-of-330 / 60.3%), tying him for first in the country this fall. His signature moment came on Sept. 28 when, despite a 46-38 loss to Laval, he threw for 538 yards against the nation’s top-ranked defence, a single-game school mark and the most in history by any quarterback against the defending Vanier Cup champion Rouge et Or. 

Thanks to his spectacular play, the Gaiters took second-place in the ultra-competitive RSEQ conference with a 6-2 dossier, marking their first six-win season since 1993, and earned the right to host their first playoff game since 1994. Heather finished his university career as Bishop’s all-time leader in TD passes (50), completions (565), attempts (998) and yards (7,983).

“Jordan has been awesome. He has shown real maturity in his fifth year and is one of the leaders of this team,” said Bishop’s head coach Kevin Mackey. “We knew in pre-season that we had one of the, if not the best quarterback in the country and Jordan really showed the rest of Canada what he was capable of. He and offensive coordinator Brent Bailey have a great relationship and that has translated to exciting football on the field. Our experienced offensive line has also played a big role in his success.  He will be the first one to tell you they give him the time he needs to progress through his reads and make his throws. He’s definitely going to go down as one of the greats.”

Other nominees:

  • AUS: Jordan Botel, running back, Mount Allison
  • OUA: Will Finch, quarterback, Western
  • CWUAA: Mercer Timmis, running back, Calgary


Kruba, a fifth-year social sciences student from Windsor, Ont., became the third Western player to receive the Presidents’ Trophy, joining Derek Krete (1996) and Brent Lewis (1987).

In his final university season, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior placed second on the team with 38 tackles in eight league games (4.8 per game), including three for losses, and tied for the Mustangs’ lead with three interceptions. He was the heart and soul of a defensive unit which ranked second in Ontario and sixth in the country in both points allowed (18.5 ppg) and against the run (109.9 ypg), while also provoking 28 turnovers, the second highest total in CIS.  

Kruba, who was a second-team OUA all-star a year ago, helped the Mustangs to first place in the OUA standings thanks to their first 8-0 regular season since 1998 and to No. 1 status in each of the last five national media polls.

“Pawel is the captain of our defence and one of the leaders of our team,” said Western head coach Greg Marshall. “He is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker and has demonstrated outstanding balance at defending both the run and the pass. He’s one of the guys that our team looks up to, not only the players but the coaching staff as well.”

Other nominees

  • RSEQ: Antoine Pruneau, linebacker, Montreal
  • AUS: Ron Omara, linebacker, StFX
  • CWUAA: Doctor Cassama, linebacker, Calgary


Duvernay-Tardif, a native of St. Hilaire, Que., is only the second lineman in McGill’s storied history to claim the J.P. Metras Trophy. He joins current Calgary Stampeders defensive tackle Randy Chevrier, who was honoured in 2000 and went on to win a pair of Grey Cups following a stint in the NFL.

In his fourth CIS campaign, Duvernay-Tardif helped the Redmen finish first in the RSEQ conference in completion percentage (61.0) and second in both total yards (487.2 per game) and passing yards (326.9). The 6-foot-5, 305-pound senior was also a major factor in the ground game as teammate Luis Guimont-Mota took the Quebec rushing crown and placed sixth in the country with 828 yards in eight contests, becoming the first McGill running back to lead the RSEQ in rushing since Nick Hoffmann in 2002. 

Named a first-team all-Canadian for the second straight season, the 22-year-old medical student was also the RSEQ nominee for the prestigious Russ Jackson Award, which honours excellence in football, academics and citizenship. Earlier this fall, he was listed as the top-rated prospect for the 2014 CFL Draft by the league’s Scouting Bureau. The Redmen co-captain has also generated interest from five NFL teams, including the New York Jets, Houston, Tennessee, Green Bay and Chicago.

“Laurent has a tremendous work ethic and a quiet confidence that makes him a natural leader,” said McGill head coach Clint Uttley. “Size and strength is a big factor in success on the o-line but when you find someone that possesses the combination of brains, brawn and nastiness that Laurent has on the field, then you’ve got a real keeper and he has all those tools. He’s the kind of guy other players hate. He’s mean out there. He looks to break their spirit and touch their soul. I believe that he will have a good pro career, whether it be in the CFL or NFL.”

Other nominees:

  • AUS: Jesse St. James, defensive end, Acadia
  • OUA: Ettore Lattanzio, defensive tackle, Ottawa
  • CWUAA: Donovan Dale, defensive tackle, UBC


Vandervoort became only the second Marauder to receive the Gorman Trophy. He joins running back Kojo Aidoo, who was named rookie of the year in 1998 and went on to capture the Hec Crighton Trophy as CIS MVP two years later.

A highly-touted recruit from Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie, Ont., Vandervoort quickly made his mark on the CIS circuit. After catching six passes, including one for a touchdown, in McMaster’s season opener versus Ottawa, he had seven receptions for 172 yards in his second outing against Queen’s, including a 73-yard major, en route to OUA offensive player-of-the-week honours. In week four, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound freshman scorched York for five catches, 117 yards and three scores.

Vandervoort ended his freshman season with 31 catches for 594 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games, earning him a spot on the second OUA all-star team. His eight receiving majors, one shy of the team record and a new McMaster standard for a rookie, were good for third place in Ontario, while his 594 yards ranked eighth in the conference.

“Danny had a great year and played at a level not usually seen from first-year athletes,” said McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek. “He was one of the hardest workers on the team from the first day of camp and had an incredible impact on this year’s Marauders. Some of the catches he made were highlight reel material, so I believe this award is well deserved. He’s going to have a great CIS career.”

Other nominees:

  • RSEQ: Alex Cromer-Émond, linebacker, Montreal
  • AUS: Adam Melanson, defensive tackle, Acadia
  • CWUAA: Rashaun Simonise, receiver, Calgary


Mackey is the third Gaiters bench boss to win the Frank Tindall Trophy. One of the youngest recipients in history at 34 years of age, he joins a pair of legendary coaches in Bruce Coulter (1986) and Ian Breck (1992) as leaders of the purple and silver to merit the award.

Mackey, who took the reins of the defence this year and brought in a pair of new assistant coaches in the off-season, operated a remarkable turnaround in his second campaign at the helm, improving the team’s record from 0-9 to 6-2, which marked Bishop’s first six-win season since 1993 (6-1). The Gaiters finished second in the RSEQ conference, arguably the most competitive in the country, and earned their first home playoff berth since 1994. Of their six victories in league play, three came by the slimmest of margins, a single point, including a pair over crosstown rival Sherbrooke.

Bishop’s, a school with an enrolment of just 2,400 students, had three players named RSEQ all-stars this fall, including quarterback Jordan Heather and receiver Alexander Fox, who earned first-team all-Canadian status. Heather also became the first Gaiter in history to capture the Hec Crighton Trophy as the most outstanding player in CIS.

A native of Ascot Corner, Que., a suburb of Sherbrooke, Mackey grew up idolizing Gaiter football. He attended Alexander Galt Regional High School and went on to play with the Champlain Cougars of the Quebec CEGEP league. Football led him to London, Ont., where he had a four-year playing career with the Western Mustangs before he returned to Bishop’s for his fifth and final season.

“Kevin has done an outstanding job,” said Brian Breckles, director of Athletics and Recreation at Bishop’s. “He has taken control of the program and worked hard to assemble a great coaching staff to work with our players. His confident attitude and leadership were evident with the performance of our team on the football field. Both Kevin and our star quarterback Jordan Heather’s national recognition will do wonders for our university.”

Other nominees:

  • AUS: Kelly Jeffrey, Mount Allison
  • OUA: Greg Marshall Western
  • CWUAA: Blake Nill, Calgary


Buckley was the first Dino to win the Canada West nomination for the Russ Jackson Award since Mike MacDonald in 2003. Elio Geremia (1987) and Lincoln Blumell (2002) are the two previous national winners in Calgary history.

On the field, the graduate of Calgary’s Rundle College took over as the team’s starting quarterback late in the season opener after standout Eric Dzwilewski broke his foot and the Dinos barely skipped a beat with Buckley at the controls, cruising to their first-ever 8-0 record. The 6-foot, 193-pound pivot went on to pass for 2,184 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight contests and also added four rushing majors en route to a selection as a conference all-star.

In the classroom, Buckley is a two-time Academic All-Canadian with a career grade point average of 3.93 in kinesiology and has plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter medical school following his undergraduate work. He has received numerous academic awards since he arrived on the U of C campus, including a University of Calgary President’s Admission Scholarship and Undergraduate Merit Award. He is actively involved in many research projects, most recently making a presentation as part of the Faculty of Kinesiology’s Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program in October 2013 – right in the middle of football season.

Buckley is also heavily involved in the community. In 2011, he joined a group that travelled to Guatemala to build 500 efficient wood-burning stoves for impoverished families with the Hearts and Hands Foundation. The following year, he led the organization of a Dinos football camp for underprivileged and foster children of Sudanese decent in the Calgary area. He also remains actively involved volunteering for various senior citizens’ organizations, and is a home care volunteer with Alberta Health Services, working with two Alzheimer’s patients for 90 minutes per week.

“Stepping in for Eric Dzwilewski, Andrew has led the Dinos offence without missing a beat,” said Calgary head coach Blake Nill. “He is a tremendous leader and has had an amazing year given the circumstances. Andrew exemplifies the true meaning of the Russ Jackson Award with his football skills, his academic success, and most impressively, his involvement in the community.”

Other nominees:

  • RSEQ: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, offensive tackle, medicine, McGill
  • AUS: Stu Moore, wide receiver, commerce, Mount Allison
  • OUA: Aaron Gazendam, receiver, kinesiology, Queen’s


HEC CRIGHTON TROPHY(Outstanding Player)

  • 2013    Jordan Heather, Bishop’s, QB
  • 2012    Kyle Quinlan, McMaster, QB
  • 2011    Billy Greene, UBC, QB
  • 2010    Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa, QB
  • 2009    Erik Glavic, Calgary, QB
  • 2008    Benoît Groulx, Laval, QB
  • 2007    Erik Glavic, Saint Mary’s, QB
  • 2006    Daryl Stephenson, Windsor, RB
  • 2005    Andy Fantuz, Western Ontario, REC
  • 2004    Jesse Lumsden, McMaster, RB
  • 2003    Tommy Denison, Queen’s, QB
  • 2002    Tommy Denison, Queen’s, QB
  • 2001    Ben Chapdelaine, McMaster, QB
  • 2000    Kojo Aidoo, McMaster, RB
  • 1999    Phil Côté, Ottawa, QB
  • 1998    Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison, RB
  • 1997    Mark Nohra, UBC, RB
  • 1996    Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison, RB
  • 1995    Don Blair, Calgary, REC
  • 1994    Bill Kubas, Wilfrid Laurier, QB
  • 1993    Tim Tindale, Western, FB
  • 1992    Eugene Buccigrossi, Toronto, QB
  • 1991    Tim Tindale, Western, FB
  • 1990    Chris Flynn, Saint Mary’s, QB
  • 1989    Chris Flynn, Saint Mary’s, QB
  • 1988    Chris Flynn, Saint Mary’s, QB
  • 1987    Jordan Gagner, UBC, QB
  • 1986    Blake Marshall, Western, RB
  • 1985    Larry Mohr, Queen’s, RB
  • 1984    Phil Scarfone, McMaster, QB
  • 1983    Greg Vavra, Calgary, QB
  • 1982    Rick Zmich, Ottawa, QB
  • 1981    Dan Feraday, Toronto, QB
  • 1980    Greg Marshall, Western, RB
  • 1979    Scott Mallender, Windsor, QB
  • 1978    Jamie Bone, Western, QB
  • 1977    Bob Cameron, Acadia, QB/K
  • 1976    Bob Stracina, Acadia, REC/K
  • 1975    Brian Fryer, Alberta, REC
  • 1974    Al Charuk, Acadia, FS
  • 1973    Dave Pickett, Saskatchewan, QB
  • 1972    Andrew Parici, Windsor, QB
  • 1971    Mel Smith, Alberta, REC
  • 1970    Paul Paddon, Ottawa, QB
  • 1969    Dave Fleiszer, McGill, FB
  • 1968    Mike Raham, Toronto, RB
  • 1967    Mike Eben, Toronto REC

PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY(Outstanding Defensive Player)

  • 2013    Pawel Kruba, Western
  • 2012    Frédéric Plesius, Laval
  • 2011    Max Caron, Concordia
  • 2010    Henoc Muamba, StFX
  • 2009    Cory Greenwood, Concordia
  • 2008    Thaine Carter, Queen’s
  • 2007    Mat Nesbitt, Regina
  • 2006    Patrick Donovan, Concordia
  • 2005    Patrick Donovan, Concordia
  • 2004    Mickey Donovan, Concordia
  • 2003    Neil McKinlay, Simon Fraser
  • 2002    Adam MacDonald, StFX
  • 2001    David Stipe, Bishop’s
  • 2000    Joey Mikawoz, Manitoba
  • 1999    Mike Letendre, Saskatchewan
  • 1998    Warren Muzika, Saskatchewan
  • 1997    Jason Van Geel, Waterloo
  • 1996    Derek Krete, Western
  • 1995    Paul Frlan, StFX
  • 1994    Cory Delaney, Waterloo
  • 1993    Lou Tiro, Toronto
  • 1992    Alex Eliopoulos, Saint Mary’s
  • 1991    Ray Bernard, Bishop’s
  • 1990    Randy Power, Mount Allison
  • 1989    Mark Singer, Alberta
  • 1988    Leroy Blugh, Bishop’s
  • 1987    Brent Lewis, Western
  • 1986    Mark Norman, UBC
  • 1985    Darcy Kopp, Calgary
  • 1984    Larry Oglesby, Mount Allison
  • 1983    Tom Timlin, Carleton
  • 1982    Mike Emery, UBC
  • 1981    Mike Emery, UBC
  • 1980    Rich Payne, Wilfrid Laurier

J.P. METRAS TROPHY(Outstanding Down Lineman)

  • 2013    Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill
  • 2012    Ben D’Aguilar, McMaster
  • 2011    Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, Laval
  • 2010    Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, Laval
  • 2009    Matt Morencie, Windsor
  • 2008    Étienne Légaré, Laval
  • 2007    Scott Evans, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 2006    Chris Best, Waterloo
  • 2005    Dominic Picard, Laval
  • 2004    Troy Cunningham, Concordia
  • 2003    Ibrahim Khan, Simon Fraser
  • 2002    Israel Idonije, Manitoba
  • 2001    Carl Gourgues, Laval
  • 2000    Randy Chevrier, McGill
  • 1999    Tyson St. James, UBC
  • 1998    Garret Everson, Calgary
  • 1997    Mike Kushnir, StFX
  • 1996    James Repesse, Saskatchewan
  • 1995    Harry Van Hofwegen, Carleton
  • 1994    Paul Connery, Bishop’s
  • 1993    Paul Chesser, Concordia
  • 1992    Chris Konrad, Calgary
  • 1991    Jason Rauhaus, Manitoba
  • 1990    Chris Morris, Toronto
  • 1989    Chris Gioskos, Ottawa
  • 1988    Veron Stiliadis, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1987    Pierre Vercheval, Western
  • 1986    Louie Godry, Guelph
  • 1985    Mike Schad, Queen’s
  • 1984    Boyd Young, Ottawa
  • 1983    Jim DeSilva, Carleton
  • 1982    Peter Langford, Guelph
  • 1981    Tony Grassa, StFX
  • 1980    Scott McArthur, Calgary
  • 1979    Jim Muller, Queen’s
  • 1978    Dave Willox, Alberta
  • 1977    Dick Bakker, Queen’s
  • 1976    Gerry Inglis, Alberta
  • 1975    Mark Pothier, Saint Mary’s
  • 1974    Bart Evans, Manitoba

PETER GORMAN TROPHY(Rookie of the Year)

  • 2013    Daniel Vandervoort, McMaster
  • 2012    Shaquille Johnson, McGill
  • 2011    Tyler Varga, Western Ontario
  • 2010    Eric Dzwilewski, Calgary
  • 2009    Linden Gaydosh, Calgary
  • 2008    Jordan Verdone, Waterloo
  • 2007    Liam Mahoney, Concordia
  • 2006    Dalin Tollestrup, Calgary
  • 2005    Martin Gagné, Montréal
  • 2004    Kyle Williams, Bishop’s
  • 2003    Maxime Gagnier, Montréal
  • 2002    Andy Fantuz, Western
  • 2001    Jeremy Steeves, StFX
  • 2000    Jean-Frédéric Tremblay, Laval
  • 1999    Sébastien Roy, Mount Allison
  • 1998    Kojo Aidoo, McMaster
  • 1997    Paul Carty, StFX
  • 1996    Jeff Johnson, York
  • 1995    Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison
  • 1994    Andre Arlain, StFX
  • 1993    Jerome Pathon, Acadia
  • 1992    Sean Reade, Western
  • 1991    Dominic Zagari, Manitoba
  • 1990    Bill Kubas, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1989    Chris Banton, Ottawa
  • 1988    Grant Keaney, Mount Allison
  • 1987    Dan Farthing, Saskatchewan
  • 1986    Michael Soles, McGill
  • 1985    Mark Brown, Carleton
  • 1984    Jeff Funtasz, Alberta
  • 1983    Paul Nastasiuk, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1982    Mike Fabilli, Ottawa
  • 1981    Glenn Steele, UBC
  • 1980    John Hutchinson, Mount Allison
  • 1979    Joey Tynes, StFX
  • 1978    John Lowe, Guelph
  • 1977    Gord Goodwin, Calgary
  • 1976    Jim Reid, Wilfrid Laurier

FRANK TINDALL TROPHY (coach of the year)

  • 2013    Kevin Mackey, Bishop’s
  • 2012    Stefan Ptaszek, McMaster
  • 2011    Jeff Cummins, Acadia
  • 2010    Glen Constantin, Laval
  • 2009    Steve Sumarah, Saint Mary’s
  • 2008    Pat Sheahan, Queen’s
  • 2007    Frank McCrystal, Regina
  • 2006    Denis Piché, Ottawa
  • 2005    Glen Constantin, Laval
  • 2004    Jerry Friesen, Alberta
  • 2003    Gary Jeffries, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 2002    Chuck McMann, McGill
  • 2001    Brian Dobie, Manitoba
  • 2000    Greg Marshall, McMaster
  • 1999    Blake Nill, Saint Mary’s
  • 1998    Larry Haylor, Western
  • 1997    John Stevens, StFX
  • 1996    Dan McNally, Guelph
  • 1995    Rick Zmich, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1994    Brian Towriss, Saskatchewan
  • 1993    Larry Uteck, Saint Mary’s
  • 1992    Ian Breck, Bishop’s
  • 1991    Rich Newbrough, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1990    Larry Haylor, Western
  • 1989    Dave Knight, Waterloo
  • 1988    Larry Uteck, Saint Mary’s
  • 1987    Frank Smith, UBC
  • 1986    Bruce Coulter, Bishop’s
  • 1985    Peter Connellan, Calgary
  • 1984    Steve Bruno, Mount Allison
  • 1983    Doug Hargreaves, Queen’s
  • 1982    Bernie Custis, McMaster
  • 1981    John Huard, Acadia
  • 1980    Cam Innes, Ottawa
  • 1979    Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1978    Frank Smith, UBC
  • 1977    Peter Connellan, Calgary
  • 1976    Darwin Semotiuk, Western
  • 1975    Don Gilbert, Ottawa
  • 1974    Ron Murphy, Toronto
  • 1973    Ed Hilton, UPEI
  • 1972    Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1971    Jim Donlevy, Alberta
  • 1970    Frank Cosentino, Western
  • 1969    Henry Janzen, Manitoba

RUSS JACKSON AWARD(outstanding student-athlete & citizenship)

  • 2013    Andrew Buckley, Calgary
  • 2012    Zach Androschuk, Guelph
  • 2011    Dillon Heap, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 2010    Thomas Hall, Manitoba
  • 2009    Thomas Hall, Manitoba
  • 2008    David Hamilton, Toronto
  • 2007    Clovis Langlois-Boucher, Sherbrooke
  • 2006    Naim El-Far, Ottawa
  • 2005    Dan Parker, Mount Allison
  • 2004    Nathan Beveridge, UBC
  • 2003    Curt McLellan, Queen’s
  • 2002    Lincoln Blumell, Calgary
  • 2001    Josh Alexander, Wilfrid Laurier
  • 2000    Carlo Panaro, Alberta
  • 1999    Carlo Panaro, Alberta
  • 1998    Jean-Philippe Darche, McGill
  • 1997    Sam Stetsko, Alberta
  • 1996    Sean O’Neill, Carleton
  • 1995    Ted MacLean, Saint Mary’s
  • 1994    Steve Papp, McGill
  • 1993    David Sykes, Saint Mary’s
  • 1992    David Sykes, Saint Mary’s
  • 1991    J.P. Veri, McGill
  • 1990    J.P. Veri, McGill
  • 1989    Jock Climie, Queen’s
  • 1988    Andrew Allison, Mount Allison
  • 1987    Elio Geremia, Calgary
  • 1986    Charlie Galunic, Queen’s

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