McGill rookie linebacker Karl Forgues led the RSEQ conference with 74.5 tackles, including 59 solos in 8 games during the 2014 season
MONTREAL – Karl Forgues, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound outside linebacker with the McGill Redmen, has been named defensive rookie of the year in the RSEQ university football conference.
A 20-year-old physical education freshman from Repentigny, Que., he started in all eight games at weak-side linebacker and led the RSEQ with 74.5 total tackles, which ranked as the second-highest in the nation. Forgues was second among CIS leaders in total tackles (59) and finished third in the country with eight quarterback sacks.
“Karl was everything we expected and more,” said McGill defensive coordinator Ronald Hilaire, of his prized pupil, who was also also credited with 13 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three knockdowns and an interception.
“Since spring camp, he demonstrated high energy, the ability to make big plays and a constant nose for the ball. He improved week by week as he became more comfortable with our playbook and quickly established himself as one of the most dominant players in the RSEQ conference and among CIS defensive leaders. A consummate student of the game, he will continue to open eyes as his career flourishes.”
2014 RSEQ University Football Individual Award winners
PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Hec Crighton Trophy nominee): Hugo Richard, Laval
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Peter Gorman Trophy nominee): Hugo Richard, Laval
MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER (President’s Trophy nominee): Byron Archambault, Montréal
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (J.P. Metras Trophy nominee): Vincent Desloges, Laval
LEADERSHIP & ACADEMICS AWARD (Russ Jackson Trophy nominee): Alexandre Laganière, Montréal
COACH OF THE YEAR (Frank Tindall Trophy nominee): Mickey Donovan, Concordia
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (tie): Régis Cibasu, Montréal & Christopher Amoah, Laval
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Karl Forgues, McGill
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Boris Bede, Laval
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