A season-best performance has earned U of S defensive back Brett Boechler the Canada West University football Conference's weekly Top Defensive Player honour.
Boechler recorded 12 tackles for the Huskies in Friday's 50-40 setback against the Regina Rams at Griffiths Stadium...the most tackles by any one player in Canada West play thus far in the 2017 campaign. The sophomore Arts and Science student now has 27.5 tackles for the year, sixth most in the conference. The Canada West football Conference is off this weekend for Thanksgiving. The Dogs next action is Saturday, October 14 at home to U-B-C. Following is the news release from the Canada West Conference...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, October 2, 2017
FB players of the week: Ilnicki goes back-to-back on offence
Alberta RB Ed Ilnicki (offence), Saskatchewan DB Brett Boechler (defence), and Calgary LB Boston Rowe (special teams) are the Week 5 CW football players of the week
Ilnicki is the offensive player of the week for a second straight time, after posting 278 rushing yards in Alberta’s 36-25 win over Manitoba
Following a conference wide bye this weekend, Canada West football action returns Saturday, October 14 with a trio of games
EDMONTON – Another monster day from Ed Ilnicki propelled the Alberta Golden Bears to their first win of 2017 and earned the veteran running back Canada West football player of the week honours, which were handed out Monday.
Ilnicki posted the top conference performance on offence thanks to his 278 rushing yards and 63 receiving yards in Alberta’s 36-25 Week 5 win over the Manitoba Bisons. A 2017 draft pick of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ilnicki leads CW in rushing yards with 829, as the conference enters its annual Thanksgiving week bye.
Defensively, Brett Boechler earned the defensive player of the week award after registering 12 tackles in the Huskies 50-40 loss to the Regina Rams, while Calgary’s Boston Rowe is the special teams player of the week after forcing a kickoff return fumble in the Dinos’ 31-17 win over UBC, as Calgary maintained sole possession of first-place in the conference standings.
After a weekend off, Canada West football action returns Saturday, October 14 with a trio of games, including a pair of CW Football Showcase games. Both the Regina-Alberta (1 p.m. MDT) and UBC-Saskatchewan (7 p.m. CST) games can be seen across the CW football network – SaskTel (Saskatchewan), TELUS (Alberta and B.C.), and Bell MTS (Manitoba) – while the Manitoba-Calgary (1 p.m. MDT) game can be viewed exclusively on Canada West TV.
RB – Ed Ilnicki Alberta Golden Bears 5th-year Spruce Grove, Alta. Business
For a second consecutive time, Alberta Golden Bear Ed Ilnicki is the offensive player of the week. The fifth-year running back rumbled for 278 yards on 44 carries in Alberta’s 36-25 win over the Manitoba Bisons Friday night.
Ilnicki found the end zone once for the Bears, and also added 63 receiving yards to post 341 all-purpose yards in the Green and Gold’s first victory of the season.
After five weeks, Ilnicki leads Canada West in every major rushing category, including yards with 829 on the year. Also impressive, Ilnicki has six touchdowns on the season and not a single fumble to his name.
Ilnicki is the first Golden Bear to win multiple player of the week honours in the same season since teammate Tylor Henry was the special teams player of the week twice in 2013 (Week 3 and 8).
DB – Brett Boechler
Arts & Science
On defence, Saskatchewan Huskie Brett Boechler posted the top conference performance from Week 5, as the second-year defensive back earned a career high 12 tackles in the Huskies 50-40 loss to the Regina Rams.
Boechler’s dozen tackles is the highest total by a Canada West player this season. The Arts and Science student now has 27.5 tackles on the year – good for sixth in the conference.
LB – Boston Rowe
Rounding out the Week 5 winners is Calgary Dino Boston Rowe, who earns special teams honours after a forced fumble and two special teams tackles in Calgary’s 31-17 win over the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.
With first-place heading into the bye week on the line, Rowe forced a kickoff return fumble on what would’ve been a 58-yarder from UBC’s Trivel Pinto’s early in the third quarter. That play helped snuff out any momentum for the host T-Birds, as Calgary improved their record to 5-0.