McGill's Jeff Thompson named CIS special teams player of the week


Published: 8Sep2010

OTTAWA (CIS) - McGill kick returner Jeff Thompson, Ottawa receiver Matthew Bolduc and Queen's linebacker Sam Sabourin are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football players of the week for the period ending Sept. 6, 2010.


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


Thompson, a first-year marketing student from St. Louis, Missouri, was the choice on special teams after he set a single-game school record with 144 yards on five kickoff returns - the second highest total in conference history - and added 37 yards on five punt returns in his Redmen debut, a 50-9 road loss to nationally top-ranked Laval (1-0). The 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster transferred to McGill this season from Simon Fraser, where he led Canada West a year ago with 369 punt-return yards.


McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna was also up for the distinction.


Bolduc, a fifth-year social sciences major from Ottawa, was honoured on offence after he caught 15 balls for 275 yards and a pair of touchdowns in wins over Windsor and Western Ontario to help the No. 3-ranked Gee-Gees get off to a 2-0 start in OUA conference play. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior opened the campaign on Aug. 31 with four catches for 92 yards and Ottawa's only two majors in a 23-14 road victory over the Lancers (1-1). He was even more dominant in the nation's capital on Labour Day Monday, tallying a game-high 11 receptions for 183 yards as the Gee-Gees erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge the No. 8 Mustangs (1-1) 20-19.


Sherbrooke receiver Alexandre Poirier and Alberta quarterback Julian Marchand were also up for the award.


Sabourin, a first-year physical education major from Stittsville, Ont., took home the weekly honour on defence after he set a single-game team record with 13 solo tackles in a 23-18 season-opening road loss to No. 6 McMaster (2-0). The 6-foot-1, 228-pound freshman also racked up two tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup in his impressive debut with the defending Vanier Cup champion Gaels (0-1).


Concordia linebacker Max Caron and Regina defensive back Steve Famulak were also nominated.



Special team nominees:

AUS: Season starts on Sept. 11

QUFL: Jeff Thompson, kick returner, McGill (recipient)

OUA: Tyler Crapigna, kicker, McMaster

CWUAA: No nominee


Offensive nominees:

AUS: Season starts on Sept. 11

QUFL: Alexandre Poirier, receiver, Sherbrooke

OUA: Matthew Bolduc, receiver, Ottawa (recipient)

CWUAA: Julian Marchand, quarterback, Alberta


Defensive nominees:

AUS: Season starts on Sept. 11

QUFL: Max Caron, linebacker, Concordia

OUA: Sam Sabourin, linebacker, Queen's (recipient)

CWUAA: Steve Famulak, defensive back, Regina





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September 10

19:00   UBC (0-1) at No. 2 Saskatchewan (1-0)

19:00   No. 9 Regina (1-0) at No. 5 Calgary (0-1)


September 11

13:00   Bishop's (0-1) at McGill (0-1)

13:00   No. 7 Montreal (1-0) at No. 10 Concordia (1-0) (SRC)

13:00   No. 6 McMaster (2-0) at No. 8 Western (1-1) (The Score)

13:00   No. 3 Ottawa (2-0) at York (0-1)

14:00   No. 4 Saint Mary's (0-0) at Acadia (0-0) (EastLink)

14:00   Alberta (1-0) at Manitoba (0-1) (Shaw)

14:30   StFX (0-0) at Mount Allison (0-0)

19:00   No. 1 Laval (1-0) at Sherbrooke (0-1)

19:00   Toronto (0-2) at Laurier (0-2)


September 12

13:00   Windsor (1-1) at Queen's (0-1) (TVCogeco Local 13 - tape delayed)

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