CIS football players of the week (#5): Picton, Badra, Mikoluff honoured

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Regina slotback Mitchell Picton, Bishop’s defensive lineman Mickael Badraand Manitoba kicker Brad Mikoluff are the CIS football players of the week for the period ending Sept. 24, 2016.

Picton, a fourth-year business administration student from Regina, was honoured on offence after he had the best game of his CIS career in a 32-27 home win over then-nationally second-ranked and previously undefeated Calgary, last Friday night. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior caught 13 balls for 215 yards and three second-half touchdowns to help the No. 4-ranked Rams (3-1) erase a 14-point deficit and hand the Dinos their first regular season loss since 2014. Picton, who currently leads all CIS receivers in touchdowns (7) and yards per game (121.3), now sits in second place in the team’s single-game record book for receptions and fourth in receiving yards.

St. Francis Xavier receiver Kaion Grant, Concordia slotback James Tyrrell and Carleton running back Jayde Rowe were also up for the award.

Badra, a first-year education student from Bromont, Que., took home the award on defence thanks to his record-setting performance in a 30-29 come-from-behind win against Saint Mary’s, last Saturday in Lennoxville, Que. As the Gaiters erased an early 16-point deficit to claim their first victory of the season, the 6-foot-1, 211 pound freshman racked up a remarkable five quarterback sacks to set a single-game team record and tie the RSEQ conference mark first established in 2003 by McGill’s Jason Manzano. Badra finished the contest with seven total tackles, including 5.5 behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 38 yards.

StFX defensive back Dylan Bell, Ottawa defensive end Sam Randazzo and Regina linebackerJoey Dwyer were also nominated.

Mikoluff, a first-year agriculture student from Beausejour, Man., was the choice on special teams following a perfect start to his CIS career in a 38-17 defeat of visiting Saskatchewan, last Saturday in Winnipeg. The 6-foot, 260-pound rookie went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, hitting from 36, 30 and 12 yards out, converted all three of his extra-point attempts and also averaged an impressive 60.0 yards on five kickoffs. Mikoluff finished the game with 12 points as the No. 9 Bisons scored 25 unanswered points after the halftime break to even their record at 2-2.

StFX cover man Hayden Peters, Montreal kicker Félix Ménard-Brière and Queen’s returnerNicholas Fraser-Greene were the other nominees.

Offensive nominees:
AUS: Kaion Grant, receiver, StFX
RSEQ: James Tyrrell, slotback, Concordia
OUA: Jayde Rowe, running back, Carleton
CWUAA: Mitchell Picton, slotback, Regina (recipient)

Defensive nominees:
AUS: Dylan Bell, defensive back, StFX
RSEQ: Mickael Badra, defensive lineman, Bishop’s (recipient)
OUA: Sam Randazzo, defensive end, Ottawa
CWUAA: Joey Dwyer, linebacker, Regina

Special team nominees:
AUS: Hayden Peters, cover team, StFX
RSEQ: Félix Ménard-Brière, kicker, Montreal
OUA: Nicholas Fraser-Greene, returner, Queen’s
CWUAA: Brad Mikoluff, kicker, Manitoba (recipient)

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