MONTREAL (CIS) - The 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport football all-stars were announced on Thursday evening during the Sun Life Financial All-Canadian Banquet.
The awards gala was held at Sheraton Montreal Centre as part of the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup celebrations. The McMaster University Marauders face the University of Montreal Carabins in the milestone championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360, Radio-Canada and CIS-SIC.tv.
"Sun Life Financial is thrilled and proud to partner with Canadian Interuniversity Sport for the presentation of the 50th Vanier Cup banquet. I salute the determination, passion and commitment of the players who excel not only on the field but also in the classroom. Among those exceptional models are without a doubt the leaders of tomorrow and maybe our future colleagues," said Robert Dumas, President, Sun Life Financial, Quebec.
"As mayor of Montreal, graduate from the University of Montreal and avid sports fan, I am pleased but also very honoured to be honorary chairman of this 2014 Vanier Cup banquet," said the mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre. "Finally, the Vanier Cup in Montreal for the first time in 50 years! The Carabins and Marauders will offer a memorable sporting moment for football fans, like me. This is a great sporting event for Montreal, the kind of grand and unifying event which helps define a city like ours."
The selection was dominated by a pair of usual suspects, with the Calgary Dinos placing no less than nine players among the CIS elite, including six on the first team and a trio on the second unit, while the Laval Rouge et Or had six players honoured (4-2).
On offence, the first all-Canadian team is comprised of Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley, running backs Mercer Timmis of Calgary and Dillon Campbell of Wilfrid Laurier, receivers Brett Blaszko of Calgary, Mikhaïl Davidson of Montreal, Addison Richards of Regina and Nathaniel Behar of Carleton, as well as linemen Sean McEwen of Calgary, Western teammates Edmund Meredith and Sean Jamieson, and Laval teammates Karl Lavoie and Charles Vaillancourt.
Timmis, Lavoie and Vaillancourt are all returnees from last year's first squad.
Buckley had a dream night as he also returned home with the Hec Crighton Trophy and the Russ Jackson Award. The fourth-year pivot had a superb season with 2,175 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in eight league games, as well as 10 rushing majors.
Campbell was the OUA nominee for the Hec Crighton. The fourth-year senior led the country with a school-record 1,458 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
On defence, the first CIS team is made up of linemen Ettore Lattanzio of Ottawa, Daryl Waud of Western, Vincent Desloges of Laval and Jesse St. James of Acadia, linebackers Byron Archambault of Montreal, Adam Konar of Calgary and Jonathan Langa of Saint Mary's, safety Kwame Adjei of Mount Allison, halfbacks Kris Robertson of Concordia and Chris Ackie of Laurier, as well as corners Adam Laurensse of Calgary and Paolo Edwards of StFX.
Lattanzio, St. James and Adjei were all voted to the top unit for the second straight year. Lattanzio also captured the J.P. Metras Trophy as the country's best lineman, while Langa was named the stand-up defensive player of the year and received the Presidents' Trophy.
Rounding out the first-team all-Canadians for 2014, on special teams, were Laval punter Boris Bede, McMaster placekicker Tyler Crapigna and UBC kick returner Marcus Davis, the only freshman named to the top constellation.
Crapigna, a draft pick of the Calgary Stampeders last spring, is the new CIS career leader in field goals with 84. He made 24 of 27 attempts in his fifth and final season with the Marauders for a stellar 89 percent success rate.
Official TELUS Vanier Cup website: www.vaniercup.com
2014 CIS FOOTBALL ALL-CANADIANS
Pos. - Athlete - University - Year - Hometown - Program
QB - Andrew Buckley - Calgary - 4 - Calgary, Alta. - Kinesiology
RB - Dillon Campbell - Laurier - 4 - Whitby, Ont. - Kinesiology & PE
RB - Mercer Timmis - Calgary - 3 - Burlington, Ont. - Arts/Business
IR - Brett Blaszko - Calgary - 3 - Burlington, Ont. - Arts
IR - Mikhaïl Davidson - Montreal - 4 - Montreal, Que. - Economics
WR - Addison Richards - Regina - 4 - Regina, Sask. - Science
WR - Nate Behar - Carleton - 2 - London, Ont. - Communications
C - Sean McEwen - Calgary - 4 - Calgary, Alta. - Science
T - Karl Lavoie - Laval - 4 - Quebec City, Que. - Science
T - Edmund Meredith - Western - 2 - Toronto, Ont. - Social Sciences
G - Charles Vaillancourt - Laval - 3 - Coaticook, Que. - Business Admin.
G - Sean Jamieson - Western - 3 - Winnipeg, Man. - Kinesiology
DT - Ettore Lattanzio - Ottawa - 4 - Ottawa, Ont. - Classical Studies
DT - Daryl Waud - Western - 4 - Hamilton, Ont. - Social Sciences
DE - Vincent Desloges - Laval - 5 - St. Augustin, Que. - Management
DE - Jesse St. James - Acadia - 4 - Pincourt, Que. - Business Admin.
LB - Byron Archambault - Montreal - 4 - Montreal, Que. - Security & Police St.
LB - Adam Konar - Calgary - 2 - Vancouver, B.C. - Open Studies
LB - Jonathan Langa - Saint Mary's - 3 - Etobicoke, Ont. - Criminology
FS - Kwame Adjei - Mount Allison - 4 - Brampton, Ont. - Sociology
HB - Kristopher Robertson - Concordia - 5 - Pickering, Ont. - Anthropology and Soc.
HB - Chris Ackie - Laurier - 4 - Cambridge, Ont. - Communications
CB - Adam Laurensse - Calgary - 2 - Sherwood Park, Alta. - Arts
CB - Paolo Edwards - StFX - 3 - Hamilton, Ont. - Arts
P - Boris Bede - Laval - 5 - Toulon, France - Education
K - Tyler Crapigna - McMaster - 5 - Nepean, Ont. - Economics
RET - Marcus Davis - UBC - 1 - Victoria, B.C. - Arts
QB - Hugo Richard - Laval - 1 - St. Bruno, Que. - Mechanical Engineering
RB - Chris Reid - Mount Allison - 1 - Brampton, Ont. - Communications
RB - Ronlee King-Fileen - Bishop's - 5 - Oshawa, Ont. - Fine Arts
IR - Nic Demski - Manitoba - 4 - Winnipeg, Man. - Arts
IR - Daniel Vandervoort - McMaster - 2 - Barrie, Ont. - Sociology
WR - Llevi Noel - Toronto - 2 - Toronto, Ont. - Spanish
WR - Sébastien Blanchard - Sherbrooke - 5 - Ste. Sabine, Que. - Business Admin.
C - Jean-Christophe Labrecque - Montreal - 2 - Quebec City, Que. - Kinesiology
T - David Beard - Alberta - 4 - Sherwood Park, Alta. - Phys. Ed. & Recreation
T - Vernon Sainvil - StFX - 2 - Malden, Mass. - Arts
G - Sukh Chungh - Calgary - 4 - Port Coquitlam, B.C. - Arts
G - Philippe Gagnon - Laval - 3 - L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que. - Toxicomany
DT - Donovan Dale - UBC - 2 - Saskatoon, Sask. - Visiting
DT - Jacob LeBlanc - Mount Allison - 4 - Halifax, N.S. - General Commerce
DE - Ricky Osei-Kusi - Western - 4 - Brampton, Ont. - King's College
DE - Connor McGough - Calgary - 2 - Medicine Hat, Alta. - Science
LB - Curtis Newton - Guelph - 3 - London, Ont. - Sociology
LB - Drew Morris - Acadia - 4 - Ottawa, Ont. - Business Admin.
LB - Nicholas Shortill - McMaster - 4 - Nobleton, Ont. - Environmental Science
FS - Mark Ingram - Saskatchewan - 2 - Imperial, Sask. - Agriculture & Biology
HB - Elie Bouka - Calgary - 3 - Laval, Que. - Arts
HB - Demetrius Ferguson - StFX - 5 - Nassau, Bahamas - Business Admin.
CB - Joey Cupido - McMaster - 5 - Hamilton, Ont. - Science
CB - Josh Woodman - Western - 2 - Chatham, Ont. - Social Sciences