BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Football Players of the Week for the period ending October 26th, 2015.
OFFENCE: Derek Wendel (Belleville, Ont.) – 5th yr. – Ottawa
Ottawa Gee-Gees quarterback Derek Wendel is your OUA Offensive Player of the Week after capping off a tremendous season with an incredible performance against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, taking home a 45-9 win along with a slew of records.
The human kinetics major snapped the OUA single-game record of yards thrown with his 564 yard performance, passing the old record of 561 set by Queen’s Tommy Denison in 2002. Wendel’s record sits second nationally, behind the baffling 627-yard outing by Calgary's Greg Vavra against Saskatchewan on Oct. 7, 1983.
The 6'1" Belleville native went 34 for 46 on passing attempts, connecting with his receiving corps for four touchdowns, while rushing for 53 yards and another score on the ground.
The passing performance brought him to 216 completions on 346 attempts for 3,136 yards and 24 touchdowns for the season. His excellence through the air broke the CIS completions, attempts, and yards thrown records, which were previously held by McGill’s Matt Connell (209 completions), and Bishop’s Jordan Heather (345 attempts and 3,132 yards) respectively.
DEFENCE: Malcolm Brown (London, Ont.) –4th yr. – Western
Defensive back Malcolm Brown led the Mustang defence in win over the defending Yates Cup champion McMaster Marauders on his way to OUA Defensive Player of the Week honours.
The King's College student-athlete had six tackles, broken up one pass, and an interception which he returned for a mind-blowing 111 yards and a touchdown.
With the touchdown, Brown, a 6'0" 190 lbs defensive back, also contributed to some major records, as the Mustangs became the highest scoring team in CIS history, tallying 494 points during the regular season, surpassing Laval’s previous record of 481 set in 2003. Western also collected the most touchdowns in CIS history with 64, two better than Laval’s mark from 2003.
Western limited Asher Hastings and the Mac offence to 24 points, just over half of the 44 points the Marauders have been averaging per game. The win improved the Mustangs regular season record to a perfect 8-0 and a first round bye in the playoffs.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Dillon Wamsley (London, Ont.) – 4th yr. – Queen's
Queen’s Gaels kicker Dillon Wamsley is the OUA Special Teams Player of the Week, after powering through windy conditions to contribute six points in the 49-26 loss to Laurier over the weekend.
Wamsley, a 5'11" 190 lbs kicker, connected on a 19 yard field goal to go along with three extra points, as well as five punts for 109 yards and five kickoffs for 196 yards with an average of 39.2 per kickoff.
Wamsley’s field goal brought the second-year arts & science major's career total to 52 successful 3-pointers, just two shy of the school’s all-time record held by Dan Village.