OTTAWA (CIS) – The first eight weeks of the CIS football season have been highlighted by some remarkable performances and a number of star players could add their name to the national record book by the time the regular schedule comes to an end, on November 1st.
Here’s a look at some players to keep an eye on over the next two weekends.
CIS FOOTBALL RECORD BOOK:
SINGLE-SEASON FIELD GOALS
Fifth-year McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna entered the CIS record book last Saturday when he booted four field goals to up his career total to 83, one more than the previous national mark held by former Sherbrooke great William Dion (2008-2012).
This Saturday, Crapigna and Guelph’s Daniel Ferraro both have a shot at the single-season CIS record of 25 set in 2008 by Laval’s Christopher Milo, who now stars in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. With one game left on their league schedule, the two OUA standouts have made 23 field goals apiece this fall, already a new conference standard.
McMaster wraps up league play at Ottawa tomorrow, while Guelph visits Laurier. Both contests are set for 1 p.m.
25 Christopher Milo, Laval (2008)
23 Tyler Crapigna, McMaster (2014)
23 Daniel Ferraro, Guelph (2014)
23 Jamie Boreham, Manitoba (2001)
23 Justin Palardy, Saint Mary’s (2009)
Thanks to his 15 points last weekend, Crapigna also moved to third place on the all-time CIS scoring list with 400 career points. The CIS and OUA record of 422 is held by Western’s Lirim Hajrullahu (2009-2013). Ottawa legend Neil Lumsden (1972-1975) ranks second all-time with 410 points.
Johnny Mark, who is in his fourth season with the Calgary Dinos and has two league games left in 2014, is also in the CIS top 10 with 367 career points, good for eighth place. He became the Canada West conference career leader last Saturday.
422 Lirim Hajrullahu, Western (2009-13)
410 Neil Lumsden, Ottawa (1972-75)
400 Tyler Crapigna, McMaster (2010-present)
392 Frank Jagas, Western (1990-94)
385 Christopher Milo, Laval (2007-10)
374 William Dion, Sherbrooke (2008-12)
368 Matthew Falvo, Ottawa (2008-12)
367 Johnny Mark, Calgary (2011-present)
While he won’t set any CIS records in the final regular season game of his career, Saturday at Western, Windsor quarterback Austin Kennedy could reach a number of important milestones.
The fifth-year senior is currently tied for fourth place in CIS history with 76 touchdown passes, only three shy of the OUA mark held by Ottawa’s Josh Sacobie (2004-2008), which also stands as the second-highest total in CIS annals.
Kennedy could also become only the fourth CIS pivot to reach the 10,000-yard plateau. He is currently sixth on the list with 9,693 yards through the air.
Finally, he should become the third CIS quarterback to complete 700 passes over his career, as he needs only seven completions tomorrow against Western to reach that target. Sherbrooke’s Jérémi Roch, who is in his fourth campaign with the Vert & Or, is also in the CIS top five, with 673.
Career touchdown passes
87 Chris Flynn, Saint Mary’s (1987-90)
79 Josh Sacobie, Ottawa (2004-08)
77 Danny Brannagan, Queen’s (2005-09)
76 Austin Kennedy, Windsor (2010-present)
76 Teale Orban, Regina (2004-08)
Career passing yards
10811 Michael Faulds, Western (2005-09)
10714 Dan Brannagan, Queen’s (2005-09)
10455 Matt Connell, McGill (2003-08)
9974 Ben Chapdelaine, McMaster (1997-01)
9885 Josh Sacobie, Ottawa (2004-08)
9693 Austin Kennedy, Windsor (2010-present)
816 Matt Connell, McGill (2003-08)
761 Michael Faulds, Western (2005-09)
693 Austin Kennedy, Windsor (2010-present)
685 Teale Orban, Regina (2004-08)
673 Jérémi Roch, Sherbrooke (2011-present)
SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING YARDS
Like Kennedy, Laurier running back Dillon Campbell won’t set any new CIS standards on Saturday in the Hawks’ conference finale against Guelph. However, the fourth-year senior should enter the all-time top 10 for most rushing yards in a single season, and maybe even the top five.
In seven games this fall, Campbell has racked up 1,255 yards on the ground, 396 more than any other player in the country. He needs 74 to crack the single-season CIS top 10 and 209 to make it into the leading quintet.
1816 Jesse Lumsden, McMaster (2004)
1619 Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison (1996)
1515 Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison (1998)
1497 Jesse Lumsden, McMaster (2003)
1464 Jamall Lee, Bishop’s (2007)
1415 Akbal Singh, UBC (1999)
1377 Akbal Singh, UBC (1998)
1367 Andre Durie, York (2004)
1331 Pascal Fils, Sherbrooke (2009)
1329 Kojo Aidoo, McMaster (2000)
1255 Dillon Campbell, Laurier (2014)
With two games remaining on Laval’s regular schedule, first-year Rouge et Or quarterback Hugo Richard has already set a CIS rookie record with 19 touchdown passes.
Next on his list is the record for most passing yards by a freshman currently held by Sherbrooke’s Jérémi Roch, who benefited from an expanded nine-game RSEQ schedule in 2011 to rack up 2,383 yards. Richard, who set a new single-game Laval standard last Saturday with 506 yards against Bishop’s, has amassed 2,061 yards in his first six university outings.
The top-ranked Rouge et Or face McGill tonight (Oct. 24) at 7 p.m. and wrap up conference play versus Montreal on Nov. 1st.
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) www.vaniercup.com
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