Offence– Jordan Lyons, McMaster
It was a career day for Jordan Lyons in their quarterfinal tilt with the Queen’s Gaels, as the McMaster Marauders’ running back put his name in and around the top of some impressive OUA records.
Lyons matched Dillon Campbell's OUA playoff record for carries on Saturday in McMaster's 12-9 quarterfinal win over Queen's, rushing the ball 39 times. His 319 yards along the ground stands second all-time in Canadian University football history behind only Ottawa Gee-Gee Davie Mason's 327 gained in 2008 against the Guelph Gryphons.
In conditions that made the passing game equally tough for both sides, Lyons’ prowess on the ground proved to be a big part of his team’s win.
Defence – Luke Korol, Guelph
The Guelph Gryphons limited their quarterfinal opponent – Ottawa Gee-Gees – to just eight points on Saturday, and a large part of this defensive stand was LB Luke Korol.
After finishing 3rd in the OUA in tackles during the regular season, fourth-year Korol continued his outstanding 2017 campaign by helping lead the way for the Gryphon D in what was a dominant performance. Korol racked up 7.5 tackles to go along with 2 sacks and 1 pass break up, as the Gryphons limited Ottawa to just 72 yards rushing and 248 yards passing.
Special Teams – Gabriel Ferraro, Guelph
For the second consecutive week, Gabriel Ferraro has earned Special Teams Player of the Week honours, as the kicker played a key role in the team’s 30-8 quarterfinal victory over Ottawa.
Ferraro, who set the U SPORTS single season field goal record last week (33), while also tying the OUA single game mark of seven against Carleton, continued his impressive campaign with a five-for-six performance on Saturday. Ferraro connected on field goals from 18, 22, 19, 23, and his long of 47, en route to a total of 18 (of the Gryphons 30) points in the game.