University of Regina Rams quarterback Noah Picton has become the first player in school history to earn the Hec Crighton Trophy, awarded annually to the top player in Canadian university football.
In addition, both Noah Picton and slotback Mitchell Picton were named first-team All-Canadians.
Simply put, Noah Picton had one of the best statistical seasons in U Sports history. He set a national record with 3186 passing yards. His 224 completions set a Canada West record and are the second most by any quarterback in a single season. He led the conference with a 69.3% completion rate. And if that isn’t enough, he threw four touchdown passes in five of the team’s eight Canada West games and also led the nation with 25 on the season.
Picton was also 25-for-35 for 364 yards and one touchdown in the team’s postseason game against UBC. And he was a three-time recipient of U Sports Offensive Player of the Week honours this year, earning the award following the team’s Week 1, Week 2, and Week 8 games.
“It’s just a fantastic honour for Noah,” Rams head coach Steve Bryce. “Given his leadership qualities, the time he devotes to watching tape, his academic performance, and of course his on-field accomplishments, he’s tremendously deserving of being called the best player in the country. He is a cornerstone of this program and played a huge role this year in turning this team around.”
For the Rams, this was the fourth time they’ve had a player nominated for the Hec. Jason Clermont won the Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy as the Canada West Player of the Year in 2001, while Teale Orban won it back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
Noah Picton still has two years of U Sports eligibility remaining. In his first three seasons, he has completed 513 of 767 pass attempts and has accumulated 7349 passing yards and 46 touchdown passes. His completion rate of 66.9% is the highest in U of R history, while he ranks second in the school record book in completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes.
Mitchell Picton joined his cousin Noah as a first-team All-Canadian after setting a school record with 58 receptions, tying Jason Clermont’s U of R record with 11 touchdown catches, and leading Canada West with 834 receiving yards. Considered a prospect for the 2017 CFL Draft, the fourth-year slotback joins elite company – Clermont, Chris Bauman, Chris Getzlaf, and Addison Richards are the only other Rams receivers to be named first-team All-Canadians.
2016 U Sports Football Awards
Hec Crighton Trophy (Player of the Year) – QB Noah Picton, Regina. Also nominated – QB Samuel Caron (Montreal), QB Tivon Cook (St. Francis Xavier), QB Derek Wendel (Ottawa).
President’s Trophy (Defensive Player of the Year) – LB D.J. Lalama, Manitoba. Also nominated – DL Jonathan Boisonneault-Glaou (Montreal), LB Nakas Onyeka (Wilfrid Laurier), LB DeAndre Smith (Saint Mary’s).
J.P. Metras Trophy (Lineman of the Year) – OL Mathieu Betts, Laval. Also nominated – OL Geoff Gray (Manitoba), OL Sean Jamieson (Western), OL Vernon Sainvil (St. Francis Xavier).
Peter Gorman Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – QB Jakob Loucks, Mount Allison. Also nominated – DB Adam Auclair (Laval), DL Nicholas Dheilly (Regina), K Adam Preocanin (McMaster).
Frank Tindall Trophy (Coach of the Year) – Michael Faulds, Wilfrid Laurier. Also nominated – Steve Bryce (Regina), Danny Maciocia (Montreal), Gary Waterman (St. Francis Xavier).
Russ Jackson Award (Academics and Community Service) – DB Cam Teschuk, Manitoba. Also nominated – LB Shayne Cowan-Cholette (Bishop’s), DL Mark Mackie (McMaster), DB Will Wojcik (Acadia).
2016 U Sports First-Team All-Canadians – Offence
QB Noah Picton, Regina
RB Tyler Chow, Saskatchewan
RB Alex Taylor, Western
IR Kaion Julien-Grant, St. Francis Xavier
IR Mitchell Picton, Regina
WR Louis-Mathieu Normandin, Montreal
WR Nate Behar, Carleton
C Matthew Van Praet, Western
G Geoff Gray, Manitoba
G Zach Intzandt, McMaster
T Vernon Sainvil, St. Francis Xavier
T Jean-Simon Roy, Laval
2016 U Sports First-Team All-Canadians – Defence
DT Rupert Butcher, Western
DT Vincent Desjardins, Laval
DE Mathieu Betts, Laval
DE Michael Kashak, McMaster
LB DeAndre Smith, Saint Mary’s
LB D.J. Lalama, Manitoba
LB Nakas Onyeka, Wilfrid Laurier
FS Stavros Katsantonis, UBC
HB Malcolm Thompson, Wilfrid Laurier
HB Malcolm Brown, Western
CB Godfrey Onyeka, Wilfrid Laurier
CB Samuel Polan, Sherbrooke
2016 U Sports First-Team All-Canadians – Special Teams
P Felix Menard-Briere, Montreal
K Sean Stenger, Saskatchewan
RET Tunde Adeleke, Carleton
2016 U Sports Second-Team All-Canadians – Offence
QB Derek Wendel, Ottawa
RB Jordan Socholotiuk, St. Francis Xavier
RB Jayde Rowe, Carleton
IR Austen Hartley, Calgary
IR Mitchell Baines, Ottawa
WR Dejuan Martin, St. Francis Xavier
WR Danny Vandervoort, McMaster
C Levi Hua, UBC
G Samuel Lefebvre, Laval
G Ryan Sceviour, Calgary
T Evan Johnson, Saskatchewan
T Sean Jamieson, Western
2016 U Sports Second-Team All-Canadians – Defence
DT Donovan Dale, Saskatchewan
DT Junior Luke, Montreal
DE Kwaku Boateng, Wilfrid Laurier
DE Jonathan Boissonneault-Glaou, Montreal
LB Frederic Chagnon, Montreal
LB Jean-Gabriel Poulin, Montreal
LB Alexandre Gagne, Sherbrooke
FS Brandon Jennings, Acadia
HB Robert Woodson, Calgary
HB Adam Auclair, Laval
CB Adam Laurensse, Calgary
CB Robbie Yochim, McMaster
2016 U Sports Second-Team All-Canadians – Special Teams
P T.J. Morton, Toronto
K Adam Preocanin, McMaster
RET Marcus Davis, UBC