FRC – CIS football players of the week (#3): Blanchard, Jones, Christie honoured


OTTAWA (CIS) – Mount Allison wide receiver Josh Blanchard,Manitoba defensive back Jonathan Jones and cover specialist AlexChristie, also from the Manitoba Bisons, are the CIS footballplayers of the week for the period ending on Sept. 13, 2014.

Blanchard, a fourth-year sociology student in his fifth year ofeligibility from Waaisis, N.B., was honoured on offence thanks tohis three touchdown receptions in a 27-25 come-from-behind win overStFX on Saturday in Antigonish, N.S.

, including two scores in thefinal 64 seconds of the contest. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior,who caught the game-winning 32-yard TD pass from Brandon Leyh with49 seconds remaining, finished the game with a team-record 222receiving yards on 13 catches, which is tied for third most in AUShistory. Blanchard’s other majors came from 32 and four yardsout and helped the Mounties improve to 2-0 on the season and moveup to eighth place in the national rankings.

Laval quarterback Hugo Richard, Wilfrid Laurier running backDillon Campbell and Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley were also upfor the award.

Jones, a fourth-year arts student from Niagara Falls, Ont., tookhome the weekly honour on defence following a remarkable all-aroundperformance in a 42-18 home win against Regina, on Friday night.The 6-foot-1, 210-pound veteran scored on a 52-yard interceptionreturn in the second quarter to give the Bisons a comfortable 20-2lead. He also collected three tackles, one sack, a forced fumbleand a pass break-up to help ninth-ranked Manitoba even its seasonrecord to 1-1.

Acadia defensive lineman Martin Pesek, Laval defensive backMichaël Langlois and Guelph defensive back Nick Parisotto werealso nominated.

Christie, a second-year arts student from Thorold, Ont., was thechoice on special teams thanks to his game-changing play inManitoba’s win. With his team leading 7-2 midway through thesecond quarter, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back blocked a puntat the Regina 48-yard line and the ball was recovered by teammateHouston Rennie at the Rams’ one, leading to a Bisons’touchdown on the next play. Christie also had a 19-yard kickoffreturn and one tackle on special teams in the victory.

Kickers Ryan Lambert of Mount Allison, Keegan Treloar ofConcordia and Tyler Crapigna of McMaster were the othernominees.

Offensive nominees:
AUS: Josh Blanchard, wide receiver, Mount Allison(recipient)
RSEQ: Hugo Richard, quarterback, Laval
OUA: Dillon Campbell, running back, Wilfrid Laurier
CWUAA: Andrew Buckley, quarterback, Calgary

Defensive nominees:
AUS: Martin Pesek, defensive lineman, Acadia
RSEQ: Michaël Langlois, defensive back, Laval
OUA: Nick Parisotto, defensive back, Guelph
CWUAA: Jonathan Jones, defensive back, Manitoba(recipient)

Special team nominees:
AUS: Ryan Lambert, kicker, Mount Allison
RSEQ: Keegan Treloar, kicker, Concordia
OUA: Tyler Crapigna, kicker, McMaster
CWUAA: Alex Christie, cover, Manitoba(recipient)


September 19
19:00 Sherbrooke (1-1) at No. 10 Concordia (2-0) (StretchTV)
19:00 McGill (0-2) at No. 5 Montreal (1-1)
19:00 No. 2 Calgary (2-0) at No. 7 Saskatchewan (2-0)(CanadaWest.TV)

September 20
13:00 Windsor (2-0) at Waterloo (0-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 1 Laval (2-0) at Bishop’s (0-2) (Radio-Canada TV& & Gaiters TV)
13:00 Queen’s (0-3) at No. 6 Guelph (2-1) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 4 McMaster (3-0) at York (0-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 Ottawa (2-1) at Carleton (1-1) (Rogers TV Ottawa &OUA.TV)
13:00 Toronto (1-2) at No. 3 Western (2-0) (OUA.TV)
14:00 Saint Mary’s (0-2) at No. 8 Mount Allison (2-0)(Eastlink TV &
14:00 StFX (1-1) at Acadia (1-1) (
14:00 UBC (0-2) at No. 9 Manitoba (1-1) (CanadaWest.TV)
17:00 Regina (1-1) at Alberta (0-2) (Shaw TV &CanadaWest.TV)

About Football Reporters of Canada

Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) represents journalists andbroadcasters in every region of the country covering CIS Football.Since 1958, Football Reporters of Canada has been an organizationof media members who have covered the Canadian Football League,serving to select the league’s outstanding players,coach-of-the-year and all-star teams through voting conducted byits members. In 2009, the FRC amalgamated with the UniversityFootball Reporters of Canada (UFRC) to give the organizationgreater scope in its affiliation with amateur and college football.FRC also works with the CFL and CIS to establish guidelines andworking conditions for the men and women who report on the game.Selected members of FRC also help to choose builders, players andmedia members for induction into the Canadian Football Hall ofFame.

About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup

Canadian Interuniversity Sport will celebrate the 50th TELUSVanier Cup throughout its 2014 football season. For the first timein history, the championship game will be staged in Montreal – atPercival Molson Memorial Stadium – on Saturday, November 29, at 1p.m. ET, live on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.

Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticket information)

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and fourregional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12different sports. CIS also provides high performance internationalopportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and SummerUniversiades, as well as numerous world university championships.For further information, visit or follow us on:



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