2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Will Finch, Western Mustangs


Source: Ciara Maynard, Western / Photo creditSamantha Fischer

Name: Will Finch
University: Western
Hometown: Burlington, Ont.
High School: Nelson High School
Position: Quarterback
Academic Program: Social Sciences
Year of Eligibility: 3rd
Height: 6’4
Weight: 225 pounds

Key Stats 2013: Set OUA records with 3,047passing yards and a 69.7% completion percentage (191 of 274passes).

Threw for 21 touchdowns and added five more on the ground,leading the Mustangs to a perfect 8-0 season and their 30th YatesCup.

Awards and Honours (since start of CIS career):OUA Most Valuable Player (2013), CIS Hec Crighton Trophy nominee(2013), OUA Football Player of the Week (2013), OUA First TeamAll-Star (2013), CIS Football Offensive Player of the Week (2013),OUA Male Athlete of the Week (2013)

After a record-setting 2013 season, Will Finch steps behindcentre for his third season with the Western Mustangs and looks tocontinue as one of the top quarterbacks in the CIS. Finch helpedlead the Mustangs to a perfect 8-0 season last year, their firstperfect season since 1998, en route to capturing the 30th Yates Cupin school history. The Burlington, Ont., native rewrote the OUArecord book during his sophomore season, setting new OUA milestonesfor passing yards with 3,047, and completion percentage, hitting69.7% of his passes. Along with his individual accomplishmentsFinch helped the Mustangs set a new OUA team scoring record with458 regular season points.

“Will is as good a young quarterback as I’ve everseen,” said Western head coach Greg Marshall. “He had agreat season last year as only a 19-year old. People have comparedhim to Michael Faulds, but Michael was 26 when he played here. Willis one of the best quarterbacks I’ve coached, he shows suchpoise and leadership as he directs the offence.”

In his latest campaign, Finch completed 191 of 274 attemptedpasses and threw 21 touchdowns, adding five more on the ground. Inthe Mustangs last regular season game, he completed 32 of 48 passesfor three touchdowns and a CIS season-best 547 yards: a performancethat helped the Mustangs clinch first place in the OUA and end theseason undefeated, for which Finch was named CIS Football Player ofthe Week. His outstanding 2013 season earned him the title of OUAMost Valuable Player and a nomination for the CIS Hec CrightonTrophy as well as OUA All-Star and CIS All-Canadian status. Finchwill look to carry forward the momentum of last season and buildoff of his fantastic 2013 campaign as he aims to lead the purpleand white to a second consecutive Yates Cup championship and theseventh Vanier Cup title in program history.

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