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A Big Honour For Picton



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

Where R They Now?

This week I speak with former BC Lions kicker the great Lui Passaglia. It’s brought to you by Emerald Park Boston Pizza.


Me: Of all your accomplishments what’s the one you’re most proud of?


Lui: Playing 25 years, its shows that you have a passion for the game and most of those 25 years I was pretty good! I kept my own anyway. And it was great I got to do it with one team, the BC Lions.

Me: How are your knees after 25 years of punting and place kicking?

Lui: Oh I need new knees. When you think about 25 years of doing both in games, not to mention all the practice and off season training I had lots of wear and tear on my right knee.

Me: What did you prefer to do kick or punt?

Lui: Well with my soccer background I liked kicking field goals and kickoffs. My punting developed over time and a lot had to do with Cal Murphy in my first year and he helped me immensely.

Me: You were chosen by the fans and media as one of the top Lions of all-time. How does that feel?

Lui: Kickers aren’t highly regarded so be mentioned with some of the great players in this team’s history meant a lot to me for sure!

Me: You kicked against the likes of Ruoff, Kennard, Cameron, Ridgeway, Ilisec, and Sweet. How much did that motivate you?

Lui: No doubt, in the back of your mind you’re always trying to hold your own or beat the other guy at your position. I loved the challenge every week. I always wanted to be better than those guys.

Me: The greatest play in Lions history was the 1994 Grey Cup winning kick against Baltimore on your home turf. Tell me about it?

Lui: I think what I remember most going into that last kick was the Lui chant that started in the crowd. I heard the noise in the background and then as I crossed the white line to go on the field and kick it was like I was transformed into my own world as everything went quiet. And when that ball went through it was the most excited I had been for a kick. And it was great to see the crowd go crazy. It was quite the patriotic moment. In the pre-game it was neat to see American flags in the crowd at a Grey Cup. I remember the emotional national anthem and seeing big Vic Stevenson cry.

Me: Your best friend in 25 years of football is?

Lui: Glen Jackson. We played high school, and college together and he played for 12 years with me on the Lions.

Me: Who was the best athlete you’ve played with?

Lui: Doug Flutie. He played here for 2 seasons and was my holder. The guy could do things on a football field never seen before and maybe never again.










The Accolades Pour In For The Rams

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Canada West announced its football all-stars on Thursday morning, with the conference recognizing a total of seven members of the first-place University of Regina Rams.
Three of the Rams all-stars were on the defensive side of the ball, including cornerback Kahlen Branning, linebacker Danny Nesbitt, and halfback Jeff Propp. The team’s four offensive all-stars include quarterback Noah Picton, slotbacks Mitchell Picton and Ryan Schienbein, and lineman Jeremy Zver. It’s only the third time the Rams have had at least seven players named conference all-stars – the Rams had seven during the 2010 season and a school-record total of 10 following the 2012 campaign.
In his final season with the Rams, Branning started seven games – three at halfback and four at cornerback – and had a team-high six pass breakups to go along with 11 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, and a big forced fumble early in the team’s Week 7 win over UBC.
Nesbitt finished as the team’s leader in tackles (34 solo, 36 assisted) and also had two interceptions, three pass breakups, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery for the Rams.
Propp started all eight games for the Rams, tying for the team lead with two interceptions and also recording three pass breakups, two tackles for loss including a sack, and 29 total tackles (24 solo, 10 assisted).
Noah Picton was an easy choice as Canada West’s all-star quarterback after being named the U Sports Offensive Player of the Week following three of the team’s eight games and setting a national single-season record with 3186 passing yards. He completed 224 of his 323 pass attempts to lead the country with a 69.3% completion rate, and also led U Sports with 25 touchdown passes.
Mitchell Picton led Canada West in both receptions (58) and receiving yards (834) and was also the nation’s leader with 11 touchdown catches, a mark which ties the school record set by Jason Clermont back during the 2001 season.
Only in his second season of eligibility, Schienbein enjoyed a breakout season with 54 catches and 790 receiving yards, finishing second in Canada West in both categories behind Picton. He was also third in the conference with eight touchdown receptions.
One of only two linemen to start every game for the Rams, Zver was a mainstay at left tackle for the Rams. He’ll finish his career with 25 regular season games played and 25 games started, all at left tackle – eight during the 2013 season, eight in 2014, one last year in a season that was abbreviated by injury, and eight more this season.
The Rams host a Hardy Cup semifinal game this Saturday afternoon (3:30) against the UBC Thunderbirds at Mosaic Stadium. Should they win that game, they’ll host the Hardy Cup the following Saturday, Nov. 12 against the winner of the Calgary/Saskatchewan semifinal.

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