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U Sports – TORONTO (U Sports) – Regina quarterback Noah Picton, McMaster safety Keldyn Ahlstedt, and Saskatchewan kicker Sean Stenger are the U Sports football players of the week for the period ending Oct. 30 , 2016.

Picton, a third-year business student from Regina, Sask., finished the regular season leading the Rams to a 55-21 win over the Manitoba Bisons in record breaking fashion. Picton broke a year-old U Sports record, throwing a total of 3174 passing yards in the regular season. Completing 27 of his 39 passes, he threw a total of 447 yards, three touchdowns, and added a rushing TD to help the Rams finish with a 6-2 record and first place in Canada West. Picton also ranks first in the nation in completion touchdowns (69.3) and touchdown passes (25), and second with 224 completions.

Carleton running back Christian Battistelli, St. Francis Xavier quarterback Tivon Cook, and Concordia running back Jean-Guy Rimpel were also nominated. 

Ahlstedt, a third-year history student from Whitby, Ont., made five solo tackles along with one fumble recovery in a 17-11 win over the sixth-seeded Guelph Gryphons. The 5-10, 192-pound safety came up with the game ending interception on the goal line, sealing a win for the Marauders to advance to the Yates Cup semifinal against the Laurier Golden Hawks. 

Defensive linemen Nicholas Dheilly of Regina and Adam Melanson from Acadia, and defensive back Adam Auclair of Laval, were also up for the award.  

Stenger, a third-year engineering student from Saskatoon, Sask., had a solid performance for the Huskies in a 48-9 win over the Alberta Golden Bears. He finished six-for-six on field goals, connecting from 33, 26, 37, 24, 16, and 22 yards out. With his perfect night, he set a Huskies record for 22 made field goals in a season. Stenger also recorded 122 yards on four punts and 298 yards on kickoffs in the game. 

Kickers Adam Preocanin from McMaster, StFX defensive back Mike Miller, and Montreal kickerFelix Menard-Brière were the others nominated. 

Offensive nominees:
AUS: Tivon Cook, quarterback, StFX
RSEQ: Jean-Guy Rimpel, running back, Concordia
OUA: Christian Battistelli, running back, Carleton
CWUAA: Noah Picton, quarterback, Regina (recipient)
 
Defensive nominees:
AUS: Adam Melanson, defensive lineman, Acadia
RSEQ: Adam Auclair, defensive back, Laval
OUA: Keldyn Ahlstedt, safety, McMaster (recipient)
CWUAA: Nicholas Dheilly, defensive lineman, Regina

Special team nominees:
AUS: Mike Miller, defensive back, StFX
RSEQ: Felix Menard- Brière, kicker, Montreal
OUA: Adam Preocanin, kicker, McMaster
CWUAA: Sean Stenger, kicker, Saskatchewan (recipient)
 
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE (all times local)
Complete 2016 regular season schedule & results
Complete 2016 playoff schedule & results

November 5 (conference semifinals)
12:00   No. 9 Saskatchewan (5-3) at No. 6 Calgary (6-2) (Shaw TV/Access & CanadaWest.TV)
13:00   No. 8 Carleton (7-2) at No. 3 Western (7-1) (Rogers Cable 13 & OUA.TV)
13:00   No. 7 McMaster (7-2) at No. 5 Laurier (7-1) (CHCH & OUA.TV)
14:00   Acadia (2-6) at Mount Allison (3-5) (Bell Aliant Fibe TV1 & AUStv.ca)
14:00   McGill (4-4) at No. 2 Montreal (7-1) (TVA Sports)
14:00   Concordia (4-4) at No. 1 Laval (7-1)
15:30   UBC (3-5) at No. 4 Regina (6-2) (Shaw TV/Access & CanadaWest.TV)

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Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) represents journalists and broadcasters in every region of the country covering U Sports 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, FRC amalgamated with 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 U Sports 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.
 
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U Sports
Cell: 647-871-7595
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U Sports
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