U Sports football players of the week (#10): Picton, Ahlstedt, Stenger honoured
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.
AUS: Tivon Cook, quarterback, StFX
RSEQ: Jean-Guy Rimpel, running back, Concordia
OUA: Christian Battistelli, running back, Carleton
CWUAA: Noah Picton, quarterback, Regina (recipient)
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)
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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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