UFRC/CIS Players of the week – Week 3

UFRC – CIS football players of the week
Lockwood, Skillen, Bruno honoured

Sept. 16, 2009

OTTAWA (CIS) – Acadia quarterback Keith Lockwood, St. Francis Xavier defensive end David Skillen and Montreal kick returner Frank Bruno are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football players of the week for the period ending Sept. 13, 2009.

The selection was made by a committee comprised of members of University Football Reporters of Canada (UFRC).

Lockwood, a fifth-year senior from Torrance, California, completed 28 of 39 passes for 435 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions last Saturday to lead the Axemen (1-0) to a 58-15 season-opening win over Mount Allison (0-1). The 6-foot, 180-pound pivot, whose career high is a 456-yard performance against McGill in 2007, had TD strikes of 11, 30, 44 and 61 yards as Acadia racked up an impressive 640 yards of total offence.

McGill quarterback Jonathan Collin, Ottawa running back Jordan Wilson-Ross and Calgary slotback Anthony Parker were also up for the award on offence.

Skillen, a fourth-year business administration student from Fredericton, took home the weekly honour on defence after he tallied 3.5 tackles, 1.5 quarterback sacks and had a key interception to lift the X-Men (1-0) to a 24-19 upset of two-time defending AUS champion Saint Mary’s (0-1), which was ranked No. 4 in the nation going into the duel. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound veteran, who led the Atlantic conference with 10.5 tackles for a loss a year ago, sealed the victory for StFX when he intercepted a pass at the Saint Mary’s 40-yard line with 1:12 remaining in the game.

Laval defensive back Olivier Turcotte-Létourneau, Western Ontario linebacker Conor Elliott and Simon Fraser defensive end Scott Puffer were also nominated.

Bruno, a third-year arts and sciences student from Montreal, was the choice on special teams after he set a single-game Quebec conference record with 214 yards on eight punt returns to help the No. 5-Carabins improve to 2-0 on the season with a 41-18 win over Concordia (0-2), which was ranked No. 9 before the contest. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster opened the scoring Sunday afternoon with a 94-yard touchdown and set up a field goal with a 43-yard return on Montreal’s next possession.

Acadia kicker Mike Godfrey, Western Ontario kicker Darryl Wheeler and Manitoba returner Jeremy Botelho were also up for the distinction.

Offensive nominees:
AUFC: Keith Lockwood, quarterback, Acadia (recipient)
QUFL: Jonathan Collin, quarterback, McGill
OUA: Jordan Wilson-Ross, running back, Ottawa
Canada West: Anthony Parker, slotback, Calgary

Defensive nominees:
AUFC: David Skillen, defensive end, StFX (recipient)
QUFL: Olivier Turcotte-Létourneau, defensive back, Laval
OUA: Conor Elliott, linebacker, Western Ontario
Canada West: Scott Puffer, defensive end, Simon Fraser

Special team nominees:
AUFC: Mike Godfrey, kicker, Acadia
QUFL: Frank Bruno, kick returner, Montreal (recipient)
OUA: Darryl Wheeler, kicker, Western Ontario
Canada West: Jeremy Botelho, kick returner, Manitoba

CIS FOOTBAL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE (all times LOCAL)

Friday, Sept. 18
19:00 Bishop’s (0-2) at McGill (1-1)
19:00 Guelph (1-1) at Toronto (0-2)
19:00 No. 4-Calgary (1-1) at Regina (1-1)
19:00 Alberta (0-2) at No. 7-Simon Fraser (2-0)

Saturday, Sept. 19
13:00 No. 5-Montreal (2-0) at No. 1-Laval (2-0), Radio-Canada
13:00 Waterloo (0-2) at No. 9-Laurier (1-1), The Score
13:00 No. 6-Queen’s (2-0) at Ottawa (1-1)
13:00 McMaster (1-1) at York (0-2)
14:00 No. 8-StFX (1-0) at Mount Allison (0-1)
14:00 UBC (1-1) at Manitoba (0-2), Shaw TV
19:00 No. 10-Saint Mary’s (0-1) at Acadia (1-0), EastLink
19:00 Concordia (0-2) at Sherbrooke (1-1)
19:00 No. 2-Western (2-0) at Windsor (2-0)

About University Football Reporters of Canada

The University Football Reporters of Canada represents journalists and broadcasters in every region of the country covering CIS Football. The UFRC’s primary objective is to work with CIS, its institutions and football programs to build resources and exposure for Canadian University Football from coast to coast through the contribution of the media.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches 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 http://www.universitysport.ca.

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Pre-season Top 10: The Breakdown

Overall:
1 LAVAL ROUGE ET OR (7) 1710
2 WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 1543
3 CALGARY DINOS 1168
4 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1125
5 SAINT MARY’S HUSKIES 1108
6 CONCORDIA STINGERS 803
7 WILFRID LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 528
8 QUEEN’S GOLDEN GAELS 375
9 MONTREAL CARABINS 347
10 OTTAWA GEE GEES 254

11 SIMON FRASER CLAN 138
12 MANITOBA BISONS 128
13 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 48
14 SHERBROOKE VERT ET OR 18
15 REGINA RAMS 6
16 BISHOP’S GAITERS 5
17 MCMASTER MARAUDERS 4
17 GUELPH GRYPHONS 4
19 UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
19 MT. ALLISON MOUNTIES 3

MEDIA PANELS (4)
1 LAVAL (4)
2 WESTERN ONTARIO
3 SASKATCHEWAN
4 ST. MARY’S
5 CALGARY
6 QUEEN’S
7 CONCORDIA
8 LAURIER
9 MONTREAL
10 OTTAWA

11 SIMON FRASER
12 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
13 MANITOBA
14 SHERBROOKE
15 MCMASTER
GUELPH
REGINA

Coaches Panels:

COACHES REGIONAL PANELS (3)
1 LAVAL (3)
2 WESTERN ONTARIO
3 CALGARY
4 SAINT MARY’S
5 SASKATCHEWAN
6 CONCORDIA
7 LAURIER
8 MONTREAL
9 QUEEN’S
10 OTTAWA

11 Manitoba
12 Simon Fraser
13 St. Francis Xavier
14 UBC
15 Sherbrooke
McMaster

There are 810 total first place voting points available on the three coaches panels and an equal amount of 810 total first place voting points available on the four media panels.

Individual UFRC members contribute votes on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Coach and Media Panel votes value three for every one UFRC member vote.

Poll: UFRC/AJFUC Canadian Top 10

OVERALL
1 LAVAL ROUGE ET OR (7) 1710
2 WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 1543
3 CALGARY DINOS 1168
4 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1125
5 SAINT MARY’S HUSKIES 1108
6 CONCORDIA STINGERS 803
7 WILFRID LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 528
8 QUEEN’S GOLDEN GAELS 375
9 MONTREAL CARABINS 347
10 OTTAWA GEE GEES 254

Canadian Football Hall and UFRC take steps toward CIS division

The UFRC participated in a conference call with a sub committee of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame today in an effort to establish a dialogue between the two parties concerning a division dedicated to a CIS Football Hall of Fame.

The concept, formulas and time frames presented to the CFHOF by the UFRC were received favourably.

The next step will be to include the CIS in a similar discussion over the next two weeks in a meeting involving the UFRC and the CFHOF.

The CFHOF and the hall agreed on the following concepts they will go forward on:

1. The UFRC presented a process for selection which was received favourably from the CFHOF.

2. The earliest target date for the first induction would be the fall of 2010.

3. The CIS inductees would be inducted at an event surrounding the Vanier Cup, creating another event for Vanier Cup week and further expanding the brand of the CFHOF.

4. The UFRC will consult the CIS on their requirements and possible contribution to the process, then meet via teleconference with the CFHOF in the next two weeks.

5. The CIS division would be separate from the main Hall, but that would not limit individuals from being inducted into both.

All of this is pending acceptance by the main CFHOF board and the various departments in the CIS.

Panels set for UFRC Media/Coaches Top 10

The UFRC/AJFUC has completed the compilation of the two Top 10 panels for the 2009 season.

All of the 27 coaches have been notified, and thier staffs have been encouraged to participate on a weekly basis.

Twenty-seven journalists across the country have also been appointed to the panel.

COACHES VOTE:

The coaches shall vote in three regions:

Atlantic-Quebec
Ontario
Western Canada

The process:

A) The votes will be compiled by region.

B) Each region shall submit their own Top 10 list based upon the votes. Those Top 10 lists will be available at ufrc.wordpress.com.

C) Each region’s Top 10 shall be multipled by three to represent the value of each 27 member vote.

D) Each region shall then have their ballot multiplied by nine, to enable each of the three regions to be represented equally.

E) The value of the top 10 shall be as follows:

1 = 270 points, 2 = 253 points, 3 = 216 points
4 = 189 points, 5 = 162 points, 6 = 135 points
7 = 108 points, 8 = 81 points, 9 = 54 points
10 = 27 points.

REPORTERS VOTE:

Each reporter panel vote shall be multipled by three.

1 = 30, 2 = 27, 3 = 24, 4 = 21, 5 = 18
6 = 15, 7 = 12, 8 = 9, 9 = 6, 10 = 3

Each UFRC non panel vote shall stand as one vote:

1 = 10, 2 = 9, 3 = 8, 4 = 7, 5 = 6,
6 = 5, 7 = 4, 8 = 3, 9 = 2, 2 = 1.

Top 10, Players of the Week to be administered by UFRC

The CIS has handed the reigns of the National Top 10 poll to the University Football Reporters of Canada.

A UFRC panel will also be responsible for selecting the CIS players of the week.

For the first time coaches will participate in the vote with the media. All members of the UFRC will be elligible to vote in the national poll.

The poll is weighted to allow for equitable representation from the different regions of the country. The poll will also weigh in favour of more experienced voters versus newer votes. This will allow for maximum participation, and the most accurate vote possible.

More information is available on this site on the process by hitting the top tab “UFRC/CIS Top 10”.

CFHOF recognizes need for more CIS in the hall

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame has recognized that both CIS and CJFL players and builders have been under represented in the hall.

The Hall has advised us that changes are in store to further include CIS players and builders.

The UFRC will continue to lobby the hall on behalf of the CIS game. We will also continue to develop our own nominees to recognize hall of fame worthy candidates within our own CIS game.