FRC – CIS football players of the week (#9): Simon, Ingram, Ward honoured

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Regina running back Atlee Simon, Saskatchewan safety Mark Ingram and Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward are the CIS football players of the week for the period ending on Oct. 25, 2014.

Simon, a first-year arts student from Regina, was honoured on offence thanks to his four-touchdown performance in a crucial 56-41 home win over nationally-ranked Manitoba, last Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound freshman racked up 154 yards on the ground and three scores on 24 carries and also caught four passes for 89 yards and one major to finish the day with 243 all-purpose yards, the most by a Regina player in four years. His four total touchdowns and three rushing majors both equal single-game school records.

Quarterbacks Tivon Cook of St. Francis Xavier, Hugo Richard of Laval and Austin Kennedy of Windsor were also up for the award.

Ingram, a fifth-year agriculture and bioresources student from Imperial, Sask., took home the weekly honour on defence after he helped the Huskies (5-2) clinch second place in the Canada West standings with a 41-23 home win against Alberta, on Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior had a pair of key interceptions in the contest, the first one in the third quarter with the game tied at 17, and the second in the fourth stanza, a play that led to a Huskies touchdown on the ensuing drive. Ingram also racked up a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo.

Acadia linebacker Russell Rainey, Sherbrooke linebacker Olivier Goulet-Veilleux and Queen’s lineman Derek Wiggan were also nominated.

Ward, a second-year social sciences student from Inverary, Ont., was the choice on special teams after he kicked five field goals in a game for the second time this season on Saturday, a performance that helped the Gee-Gees (5-3) upset previously undefeated McMaster 38-18 and secure a playoff spot. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound sophomore split the uprights from at least 35 yards out on four occasions, including a personal best 43-yard kick in the second quarter. Ottawa visits Windsor (5-3) on Saturday for an OUA quarter-final.

Returners Josh Blanchard of Mount Allison, Régis Cibasu of Montreal and Keegan Arnek of Saskatchewan were the other nominees.

Offensive nominees:
AUS: Tivon Cook, quarterback, StFX
RSEQ: Hugo Richard, quarterback, Laval
OUA: Austin Kennedy, quarterback, Windsor
CWUAA: Atlee Simon, running back, Regina (recipient)

Defensive nominees:
AUS: Russell Rainey, linebacker, Acadia
RSEQ: Olivier Goulet-Veilleux, linebacker, Sherbrooke
OUA: Derek Wiggan, lineman, Queen’s
CWUAA: Mark Ingram, safety, Saskatchewan (recipient)

Special team nominees:
AUS: Josh Blanchard, returner, Mount Allison
RSEQ: Régis Cibasu, returner, Montreal
OUA: Lewis Ward, kicker, Ottawa (recipient)
CWUAA: Keegan Arnyek, returner, Saskatchewan

CIS FOOTBALL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE (all times local)

November 1 (AUS semifinal)
14:00 Acadia (3-5) at StFX (4-4) (Eastlink TV & AUStv.ca)

November 1 (OUA quarter-finals)
13:00 Laurier (4-4) at No. 7 Western (6-2) (Rogers TV & Rogers Sports + & OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 10 Ottawa (5-3) at Windsor (5-3) (TVCogeco & OUA.TV)

November 1 (regular season)
13:00 No. 1 Laval (7-0) at No. 3 Montreal (6-1) (Radio-Canada TV & ici.radio-canada.ca)
13:00 McGill (0-7) at Concordia (4-3) (StretchTV)
13:00 No. 9 Sherbrooke (4-3) at Bishop’s (1-6) (Gaiters TV)
14:00 No. 2 Calgary (6-1) at Manitoba (3-4) (CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 Alberta (3-4) at Regina (2-5) (CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 No. 8 Saskatchewan (5-2) at UBC (2-5) (Shaw TV & CanadaWest.TV)

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) www.vaniercup.com

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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