CIS FOOTBALL: Vandervoort and Kruba claim national honours

CIS FOOTBALL: Vandervoort and Kruba claim national honours
QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – Jordan Heather, a fifth-year quarterback from Bishop’s University, was named CIS football player of the year, on Thursday night.
The history student from Oromocto, N.B., became the first member of the Gaiters program to claim the Hec Crighton Trophy since the inception of the award in 1967. He is the seventh straight pivot to receive the trophy since Windsor running back Daryl Stephenson was honoured in 2006.
Other CIS award winners announced during the Sun Life Financial All-Canadian Banquet were Western linebacker Pawel Kruba, who captured the Presidents’ Trophy as defensive player of the year; McGill offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who merited the J.P. Metras Trophy as most outstanding down lineman; McMaster wide receiver Daniel Vandervoort, who received the Peter Gorman Trophy as top rookie; Bishop’s head coach Kevin Mackey, who claimed the Frank Tindall Trophy; and Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley, the recipient of the prestigious Russ Jackson Award honouring excellence in football, academics and citizenship.
The gala was held at Hilton Quebec Hotel as part of the TELUS Vanier Cup celebrations. Laval and Calgary face off in the 49th CIS championship final Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at TELUS-Université Laval Stadium in Quebec City, live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 and Radio-Canada, as well as on the web at
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Heather made his fifth and final season with the Gaiters, his third as a starter, a memorable one. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior shattered one of the most prestigious single-season records in CIS football thanks to an astounding 3,132 passing yards in eight league games (391.5 ypg), surpassing the mark of 3,047 set only a week earlier by Western’s Will Finch, the OUA nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy. The national standard before this fall was 3,033 by Michael Faulds, also of Western, in 2009.
Over the course of his magical campaign, Heather was named RSEQ player of the week four times and claimed the CIS honour on three occasions in nine contests, including playoffs. In addition to the CIS passing yards record, he set an RSEQ season mark with 20 touchdown passes - against only seven interceptions - and completed a team-record 199 passes (199-of-330 / 60.3%), tying him for first in the country this fall. His signature moment came on Sept. 28 when, despite a 46-38 loss to Laval, he threw for 538 yards against the nation’s top-ranked defence, a single-game school mark and the most in history by any quarterback against the defending Vanier Cup champion Rouge et Or. 
Thanks to his spectacular play, the Gaiters took second-place in the ultra-competitive RSEQ conference with a 6-2 dossier, marking their first six-win season since 1993, and earned the right to host their first playoff game since 1994. Heather finished his university career as Bishop’s all-time leader in TD passes (50), completions (565), attempts (998) and yards (7,983).
“Jordan has been awesome. He has shown real maturity in his fifth year and is one of the leaders of this team,” said Bishop’s head coach Kevin Mackey. “We knew in pre-season that we had one of the, if not the best quarterback in the country and Jordan really showed the rest of Canada what he was capable of. He and offensive coordinator Brent Bailey have a great relationship and that has translated to exciting football on the field. Our experienced offensive line has also played a big role in his success.  He will be the first one to tell you they give him the time he needs to progress through his reads and make his throws. He’s definitely going to go down as one of the greats.”
Other nominees:
AUS: Jordan Botel, running back, Mount Allison
OUA: Will Finch, quarterback, Western
CWUAA: Mercer Timmis, running back, Calgary
Kruba, a fifth-year social sciences student from Windsor, Ont., became the third Western player to receive the Presidents’ Trophy, joining Derek Krete (1996) and Brent Lewis (1987).
In his final university season, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior placed second on the team with 38 tackles in eight league games (4.8 per game), including three for losses, and tied for the Mustangs’ lead with three interceptions. He was the heart and soul of a defensive unit which ranked second in Ontario and sixth in the country in both points allowed (18.5 ppg) and against the run (109.9 ypg), while also provoking 28 turnovers, the second highest total in CIS.  
Kruba, who was a second-team OUA all-star a year ago, helped the Mustangs to first place in the OUA standings thanks to their first 8-0 regular season since 1998 and to No. 1 status in each of the last five national media polls.
“Pawel is the captain of our defence and one of the leaders of our team,” said Western head coach Greg Marshall. “He is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker and has demonstrated outstanding balance at defending both the run and the pass. He’s one of the guys that our team looks up to, not only the players but the coaching staff as well.”
Other nominees
RSEQ: Antoine Pruneau, linebacker, Montreal
AUS: Ron Omara, linebacker, StFX
CWUAA: Doctor Cassama, linebacker, Calgary

Duvernay-Tardif, a native of St. Hilaire, Que., is only the second lineman in McGill’s storied history to claim the J.P. Metras Trophy. He joins current Calgary Stampeders defensive tackle Randy Chevrier, who was honoured in 2000 and went on to win a pair of Grey Cups following a stint in the NFL.
In his fourth CIS campaign, Duvernay-Tardif helped the Redmen finish first in the RSEQ conference in completion percentage (61.0) and second in both total yards (487.2 per game) and passing yards (326.9). The 6-foot-5, 305-pound senior was also a major factor in the ground game as teammate Luis Guimont-Mota took the Quebec rushing crown and placed sixth in the country with 828 yards in eight contests, becoming the first McGill running back to lead the RSEQ in rushing since Nick Hoffmann in 2002. 
Named a first-team all-Canadian for the second straight season, the 22-year-old medical student was also the RSEQ nominee for the prestigious Russ Jackson Award, which honours excellence in football, academics and citizenship. Earlier this fall, he was listed as the top-rated prospect for the 2014 CFL Draft by the league’s Scouting Bureau. The Redmen co-captain has also generated interest from five NFL teams, including the New York Jets, Houston, Tennessee, Green Bay and Chicago.
“Laurent has a tremendous work ethic and a quiet confidence that makes him a natural leader,” said McGill head coach Clint Uttley. “Size and strength is a big factor in success on the o-line but when you find someone that possesses the combination of brains, brawn and nastiness that Laurent has on the field, then you’ve got a real keeper and he has all those tools. He’s the kind of guy other players hate. He’s mean out there. He looks to break their spirit and touch their soul. I believe that he will have a good pro career, whether it be in the CFL or NFL.”
Other nominees:
AUS: Jesse St. James, defensive end, Acadia
OUA: Ettore Lattanzio, defensive tackle, Ottawa
CWUAA: Donovan Dale, defensive tackle, UBC

Vandervoort became only the second Marauder to receive the Gorman Trophy. He joins running back Kojo Aidoo, who was named rookie of the year in 1998 and went on to capture the Hec Crighton Trophy as CIS MVP two years later.
A highly-touted recruit from Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie, Ont., Vandervoort quickly made his mark on the CIS circuit. After catching six passes, including one for a touchdown, in McMaster’s season opener versus Ottawa, he had seven receptions for 172 yards in his second outing against Queen’s, including a 73-yard major, en route to OUA offensive player-of-the-week honours. In week four, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound freshman scorched York for five catches, 117 yards and three scores.
Vandervoort ended his freshman season with 31 catches for 594 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games, earning him a spot on the second OUA all-star team. His eight receiving majors, one shy of the team record and a new McMaster standard for a rookie, were good for third place in Ontario, while his 594 yards ranked eighth in the conference.

“Danny had a great year and played at a level not usually seen from first-year athletes,” said McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek. “He was one of the hardest workers on the team from the first day of camp and had an incredible impact on this year’s Marauders. Some of the catches he made were highlight reel material, so I believe this award is well deserved. He’s going to have a great CIS career.”
Other nominees:
RSEQ: Alex Cromer-Émond, linebacker, Montreal
AUS: Adam Melanson, defensive tackle, Acadia
CWUAA: Rashaun Simonise, receiver, Calgary
Mackey is the third Gaiters bench boss to win the Frank Tindall Trophy. One of the youngest recipients in history at 34 years of age, he joins a pair of legendary coaches in Bruce Coulter (1986) and Ian Breck (1992) as leaders of the purple and silver to merit the award.
Mackey, who took the reins of the defence this year and brought in a pair of new assistant coaches in the off-season, operated a remarkable turnaround in his second campaign at the helm, improving the team’s record from 0-9 to 6-2, which marked Bishop’s first six-win season since 1993 (6-1). The Gaiters finished second in the RSEQ conference, arguably the most competitive in the country, and earned their first home playoff berth since 1994. Of their six victories in league play, three came by the slimmest of margins, a single point, including a pair over crosstown rival Sherbrooke.
Bishop’s, a school with an enrolment of just 2,400 students, had three players named RSEQ all-stars this fall, including quarterback Jordan Heather and receiver Alexander Fox, who earned first-team all-Canadian status. Heather also became the first Gaiter in history to capture the Hec Crighton Trophy as the most outstanding player in CIS.
A native of Ascot Corner, Que., a suburb of Sherbrooke, Mackey grew up idolizing Gaiter football. He attended Alexander Galt Regional High School and went on to play with the Champlain Cougars of the Quebec CEGEP league. Football led him to London, Ont., where he had a four-year playing career with the Western Mustangs before he returned to Bishop’s for his fifth and final season.
“Kevin has done an outstanding job,” said Brian Breckles, director of Athletics and Recreation at Bishop’s. “He has taken control of the program and worked hard to assemble a great coaching staff to work with our players. His confident attitude and leadership were evident with the performance of our team on the football field. Both Kevin and our star quarterback Jordan Heather’s national recognition will do wonders for our university.”
Other nominees:
AUS: Kelly Jeffrey, Mount Allison
OUA: Greg Marshall Western
CWUAA: Blake Nill, Calgary
Buckley was the first Dino to win the Canada West nomination for the Russ Jackson Award since Mike MacDonald in 2003. Elio Geremia (1987) and Lincoln Blumell (2002) are the two previous national winners in Calgary history.
On the field, the graduate of Calgary’s Rundle College took over as the team’s starting quarterback late in the season opener after standout Eric Dzwilewski broke his foot and the Dinos barely skipped a beat with Buckley at the controls, cruising to their first-ever 8-0 record. The 6-foot, 193-pound pivot went on to pass for 2,184 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight contests and also added four rushing majors en route to a selection as a conference all-star.
In the classroom, Buckley is a two-time Academic All-Canadian with a career grade point average of 3.93 in kinesiology and has plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter medical school following his undergraduate work. He has received numerous academic awards since he arrived on the U of C campus, including a University of Calgary President’s Admission Scholarship and Undergraduate Merit Award. He is actively involved in many research projects, most recently making a presentation as part of the Faculty of Kinesiology’s Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program in October 2013 – right in the middle of football season.
Buckley is also heavily involved in the community. In 2011, he joined a group that travelled to Guatemala to build 500 efficient wood-burning stoves for impoverished families with the Hearts and Hands Foundation. The following year, he led the organization of a Dinos football camp for underprivileged and foster children of Sudanese decent in the Calgary area. He also remains actively involved volunteering for various senior citizens’ organizations, and is a home care volunteer with Alberta Health Services, working with two Alzheimer’s patients for 90 minutes per week.
“Stepping in for Eric Dzwilewski, Andrew has led the Dinos offence without missing a beat,” said Calgary head coach Blake Nill. “He is a tremendous leader and has had an amazing year given the circumstances. Andrew exemplifies the true meaning of the Russ Jackson Award with his football skills, his academic success, and most impressively, his involvement in the community.”

Other nominees:
RSEQ: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, offensive tackle, medicine, McGill
AUS: Stu Moore, wide receiver, commerce, Mount Allison
OUA: Aaron Gazendam, receiver, kinesiology, Queen’s


HEC CRIGHTON TROPHY (Outstanding Player)
2013    Jordan Heather, Bishop’s, QB
2012    Kyle Quinlan, McMaster, QB
2011    Billy Greene, UBC, QB
2010    Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa, QB
2009    Erik Glavic, Calgary, QB
2008    Benoît Groulx, Laval, QB
2007    Erik Glavic, Saint Mary’s, QB
2006    Daryl Stephenson, Windsor, RB
2005    Andy Fantuz, Western Ontario, REC
2004    Jesse Lumsden, McMaster, RB
2003    Tommy Denison, Queen's, QB
2002    Tommy Denison, Queen's, QB
2001    Ben Chapdelaine, McMaster, QB
2000    Kojo Aidoo, McMaster, RB
1999    Phil Côté, Ottawa, QB
1998    Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison, RB
1997    Mark Nohra, UBC, RB
1996    Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison, RB
1995    Don Blair, Calgary, REC
1994    Bill Kubas, Wilfrid Laurier, QB
1993    Tim Tindale, Western, FB
1992    Eugene Buccigrossi, Toronto, QB
1991    Tim Tindale, Western, FB
1990    Chris Flynn, Saint Mary's, QB
1989    Chris Flynn, Saint Mary's, QB
1988    Chris Flynn, Saint Mary's, QB
1987    Jordan Gagner, UBC, QB
1986    Blake Marshall, Western, RB
1985    Larry Mohr, Queen's, RB
1984    Phil Scarfone, McMaster, QB
1983    Greg Vavra, Calgary, QB
1982    Rick Zmich, Ottawa, QB
1981    Dan Feraday, Toronto, QB
1980    Greg Marshall, Western, RB
1979    Scott Mallender, Windsor, QB
1978    Jamie Bone, Western, QB
1977    Bob Cameron, Acadia, QB/K
1976    Bob Stracina, Acadia, REC/K
1975    Brian Fryer, Alberta, REC
1974    Al Charuk, Acadia, FS
1973    Dave Pickett, Saskatchewan, QB
1972    Andrew Parici, Windsor, QB
1971    Mel Smith, Alberta, REC
1970    Paul Paddon, Ottawa, QB
1969    Dave Fleiszer, McGill, FB
1968    Mike Raham, Toronto, RB
1967    Mike Eben, Toronto REC

PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY (Outstanding Defensive Player)
2013    Pawel Kruba, Western
2012    Frédéric Plesius, Laval
2011    Max Caron, Concordia
2010    Henoc Muamba, StFX
2009    Cory Greenwood, Concordia
2008    Thaine Carter, Queen’s
2007    Mat Nesbitt, Regina
2006    Patrick Donovan, Concordia
2005    Patrick Donovan, Concordia
2004    Mickey Donovan, Concordia
2003    Neil McKinlay, Simon Fraser
2002    Adam MacDonald, StFX
2001    David Stipe, Bishop's
2000    Joey Mikawoz, Manitoba
1999    Mike Letendre, Saskatchewan
1998    Warren Muzika, Saskatchewan
1997    Jason Van Geel, Waterloo
1996    Derek Krete, Western
1995    Paul Frlan, StFX
1994    Cory Delaney, Waterloo
1993    Lou Tiro, Toronto
1992    Alex Eliopoulos, Saint Mary's
1991    Ray Bernard, Bishop's
1990    Randy Power, Mount Allison
1989    Mark Singer, Alberta
1988    Leroy Blugh, Bishop's
1987    Brent Lewis, Western
1986    Mark Norman, UBC
1985    Darcy Kopp, Calgary
1984    Larry Oglesby, Mount Allison
1983    Tom Timlin, Carleton
1982    Mike Emery, UBC
1981    Mike Emery, UBC
1980    Rich Payne, Wilfrid Laurier

J.P. METRAS TROPHY (Outstanding Down Lineman)
2013    Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill
2012    Ben D’Aguilar, McMaster
2011    Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, Laval
2010    Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, Laval
2009    Matt Morencie, Windsor
2008    Étienne Légaré, Laval
2007    Scott Evans, Wilfrid Laurier
2006    Chris Best, Waterloo
2005    Dominic Picard, Laval
2004    Troy Cunningham, Concordia
2003    Ibrahim Khan, Simon Fraser
2002    Israel Idonije, Manitoba
2001    Carl Gourgues, Laval
2000    Randy Chevrier, McGill
1999    Tyson St. James, UBC
1998    Garret Everson, Calgary
1997    Mike Kushnir, StFX
1996    James Repesse, Saskatchewan
1995    Harry Van Hofwegen, Carleton
1994    Paul Connery, Bishop's
1993    Paul Chesser, Concordia
1992    Chris Konrad, Calgary
1991    Jason Rauhaus, Manitoba
1990    Chris Morris, Toronto
1989    Chris Gioskos, Ottawa
1988    Veron Stiliadis, Wilfrid Laurier
1987    Pierre Vercheval, Western
1986    Louie Godry, Guelph
1985    Mike Schad, Queen's
1984    Boyd Young, Ottawa
1983    Jim DeSilva, Carleton
1982    Peter Langford, Guelph
1981    Tony Grassa, StFX
1980    Scott McArthur, Calgary
1979    Jim Muller, Queen's
1978    Dave Willox, Alberta
1977    Dick Bakker, Queen's
1976    Gerry Inglis, Alberta
1975    Mark Pothier, Saint Mary's
1974    Bart Evans, Manitoba

PETER GORMAN TROPHY (Rookie of the Year)

2013    Daniel Vandervoort, McMaster
2012    Shaquille Johnson, McGill
2011    Tyler Varga, Western Ontario
2010    Eric Dzwilewski, Calgary
2009    Linden Gaydosh, Calgary
2008    Jordan Verdone, Waterloo
2007    Liam Mahoney, Concordia
2006    Dalin Tollestrup, Calgary
2005    Martin Gagné, Montréal
2004    Kyle Williams, Bishop's
2003    Maxime Gagnier, Montréal
2002    Andy Fantuz, Western
2001    Jeremy Steeves, StFX
2000    Jean-Frédéric Tremblay, Laval
1999    Sébastien Roy, Mount Allison
1998    Kojo Aidoo, McMaster
1997    Paul Carty, StFX
1996    Jeff Johnson, York
1995    Éric Lapointe, Mount Allison
1994    Andre Arlain, StFX
1993    Jerome Pathon, Acadia
1992    Sean Reade, Western
1991    Dominic Zagari, Manitoba
1990    Bill Kubas, Wilfrid Laurier
1989    Chris Banton, Ottawa
1988    Grant Keaney, Mount Allison
1987    Dan Farthing, Saskatchewan
1986    Michael Soles, McGill
1985    Mark Brown, Carleton
1984    Jeff Funtasz, Alberta
1983    Paul Nastasiuk, Wilfrid Laurier
1982    Mike Fabilli, Ottawa
1981    Glenn Steele, UBC
1980    John Hutchinson, Mount Allison
1979    Joey Tynes, StFX
1978    John Lowe, Guelph
1977    Gord Goodwin, Calgary
1976    Jim Reid, Wilfrid Laurier
FRANK TINDALL TROPHY (coach of the year)
2013    Kevin Mackey, Bishop’s
2012    Stefan Ptaszek, McMaster
2011    Jeff Cummins, Acadia
2010    Glen Constantin, Laval
2009    Steve Sumarah, Saint Mary’s
2008    Pat Sheahan, Queen’s
2007    Frank McCrystal, Regina
2006    Denis Piché, Ottawa
2005    Glen Constantin, Laval
2004    Jerry Friesen, Alberta
2003    Gary Jeffries, Wilfrid Laurier
2002    Chuck McMann, McGill
2001    Brian Dobie, Manitoba
2000    Greg Marshall, McMaster
1999    Blake Nill, Saint Mary's
1998    Larry Haylor, Western
1997    John Stevens, StFX
1996    Dan McNally, Guelph
1995    Rick Zmich, Wilfrid Laurier
1994    Brian Towriss, Saskatchewan
1993    Larry Uteck, Saint Mary's
1992    Ian Breck, Bishop's
1991    Rich Newbrough, Wilfrid Laurier
1990    Larry Haylor, Western
1989    Dave Knight, Waterloo
1988    Larry Uteck, Saint Mary's
1987    Frank Smith, UBC
1986    Bruce Coulter, Bishop's
1985    Peter Connellan, Calgary
1984    Steve Bruno, Mount Allison
1983    Doug Hargreaves, Queen's
1982    Bernie Custis, McMaster
1981    John Huard, Acadia
1980    Cam Innes, Ottawa
1979    Dave "Tuffy" Knight, Wilfrid Laurier
1978    Frank Smith, UBC
1977    Peter Connellan, Calgary
1976    Darwin Semotiuk, Western
1975    Don Gilbert, Ottawa
1974    Ron Murphy, Toronto
1973    Ed Hilton, UPEI
1972    Dave "Tuffy" Knight, Wilfrid Laurier
1971    Jim Donlevy, Alberta
1970    Frank Cosentino, Western
1969    Henry Janzen, Manitoba
RUSS JACKSON AWARD (outstanding student-athlete & citizenship)
2013    Andrew Buckley, Calgary
2012    Zach Androschuk, Guelph
2011    Dillon Heap, Wilfrid Laurier
2010    Thomas Hall, Manitoba
2009    Thomas Hall, Manitoba
2008    David Hamilton, Toronto
2007    Clovis Langlois-Boucher, Sherbrooke
2006    Naim El-Far, Ottawa
2005    Dan Parker, Mount Allison
2004    Nathan Beveridge, UBC
2003    Curt McLellan, Queen's
2002    Lincoln Blumell, Calgary
2001    Josh Alexander, Wilfrid Laurier
2000    Carlo Panaro, Alberta
1999    Carlo Panaro, Alberta
1998    Jean-Philippe Darche, McGill
1997    Sam Stetsko, Alberta
1996    Sean O'Neill, Carleton
1995    Ted MacLean, Saint Mary's
1994    Steve Papp, McGill
1993    David Sykes, Saint Mary's
1992    David Sykes, Saint Mary's
1991    J.P. Veri, McGill
1990    J.P. Veri, McGill
1989    Jock Climie, Queen's
1988    Andrew Allison, Mount Allison
1987    Elio Geremia, Calgary
1986    Charlie Galunic, Queen's

Source: CIS

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