FRC – CIS football players of the week (#8): Lindsey, Onyemata, Crapigna honoured


OTTAWA (CIS) – Guelph quarterback Jazz Lindsey, Manitoba defensive tackle David Onyemata and McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna are the CIS football players of the week for the period ending on Oct.

18, 2014.

Lindsey, a fourth-year sociology student from Markham, Ont., was honoured on offence thanks to his record-setting performance in a thrilling 49-46 upset win over Western, Saturday in Guelph, a result that secured second place in the OUA standings and a bye in the first round of the playoffs for the Gryphons (6-1). The 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior completed 34 of 53 passes for 513 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception, setting single-game school marks for most passing yards and attempts. With his team trailing by eight points with just over three minutes remaining in the contest, Lindsey engineered back-to-back drives that resulted in a touchdown, a two-point convert and a 41-yard Daniel Ferraro field goal with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.

Quarterbacks Brandon Leyh of Mount Allison, Hugo Richard of Laval and Carson Williams of UBC were also up for the award.

Onyemata, a second-year extended education student originally from Lagos, Nigeria, took home the weekly honour on defence after he helped the Bisons shut down the Saskatchewan offence in a 41-8 home win, last Friday night in Winnipeg. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound sophomore created havoc throughout the contest and finished with 5.5 tackles, including one for a loss, as Manitoba held the nationally-ranked visitors to 49 rushing yards and 200 yards of total offence. The Huskies scored their only touchdown of the game with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Mount Allison linebacker Matt Montgomery, Laval linebacker Shayne Gauthier and Guelph defensive end Cam Walker were also nominated.

Crapigna, a fifth-year economics student from Nepean, Ont., was the choice on special teams after he entered the CIS and OUA record books in a 27-10 home victory against Laurier, Saturday in Hamilton. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound veteran was perfect on four field goal attempts on the day (29, 20, 18, 41), giving him 83 for his career – one more than the previous CIS mark – and 23 on the season – one more than the old OUA standard. Crapigna, a 2014 draft pick of the Calgary Stampeders and a multiple all-Canadian, has a shot at the single-season CIS record of 25 on Saturday when the No. 3 and OUA-leading Marauders (7-0) wrap up league play against Ottawa in the nation’s capital.

Acadia kicker Ryan Begin, Laval returner Antony Dufour and Calgary kicker Johnny Mark were the other nominees.

Offensive nominees:
AUS: Brandon Leyh, quarterback, Mount Allison
RSEQ: Hugo Richard, quarterback, Laval
OUA: Jazz Lindsey, quarterback, Guelph (recipient)
CWUAA: Carson Williams, quarterback, UBC

Defensive nominees:
AUS: Matt Montgomery, linebacker, Mount Allison
RSEQ: Shayne Gauthier, linebacker, Laval
OUA: Cam Walker, defensive end, Guelph
CWUAA: David Onyemata, defensive tackle, Manitoba (recipient)

Special team nominees:
AUS: Ryan Begin, kicker, Acadia
RSEQ: Antony Dufour, returner, Laval
OUA: Tyler Crapigna, kicker, McMaster (recipient)
CWUAA: Johnny Mark, kicker, Calgary

CIS FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE (all times local)

October 24
19:00 No. 1 Laval (6-0) at McGill (0-6) (SSN Canada & Quebec)

October 25
13:00 Windsor (5-2) at No. 6 Western (5-2) (Rogers TV & Rogers Sports + & OUA.TV)
13:00 Waterloo (0-7) at York (0-7) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 3 McMaster (7-0) at Ottawa (4-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 Queen’s (2-5) at Carleton (4-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 4 Guelph (6-1) at Laurier (4-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 4 Montreal (5-1) at Bishop’s (1-5) (Radio-Canada TV & & Gaiters TV)
13:30 Alberta (3-3) at No. 10 Saskatchewan (4-2) (CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 StFX (4-3) at No. 7 Mount Allison (7-0) (Eastlink TV &
14:00 Acadia (2-5) at Saint Mary’s (0-7) (
14:00 No. 9 Manitoba (3-3) at Regina (1-5) (Shaw TV & CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 UBC (2-4) at No. 2 Calgary (5-1) (CanadaWest.TV)
16:00 No. 8 Concordia (4-2) at Sherbrooke (3-3)

About Football Reporters of Canada

Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) represents journalists and broadcasters in every region of the country covering CIS Football. Since 1958, Football Reporters of Canada has been an organization of 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 by its members. In 2009, the FRC amalgamated with the University Football Reporters of Canada (UFRC) to give the organization greater scope in its affiliation with amateur and college football. FRC also works with the CFL and CIS to establish guidelines and working conditions for the men and women who report on the game. Selected members of FRC also help to choose builders, players and media members for induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup

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

Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticket information)

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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