Smith and Ferraro Named U SPORTS Football Players of the Week

Smith and Ferraro Named U SPORTS Football Players of the Week

BURLINGTON ON (September 20, 2017) – Two OUA athletes have been named U SPORTS football players of the week. Laurier Golden Hawk’s Robbie Smith (Brampton, Ont.) was named the defensive player of the week and Gabe Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) from the Guelph Gryphons was named U SPORTS special teams player of the week.

Defensive lineman Robbie Smith (Brampton, Ont.) set out a defensive showcase in the Golden Hawks’ game against the Queen’s Gaels. The fourth-year kinesiology student lead the team with 4.5 sacks over 21 yards to keep Laurier’s perfect record on the season. With his performance, Smith broke a single game sack record for Wilfrid Laurier – set by Kwaku Boetang with four in 2014. Smith is now second in the nation for number of sacks with 5.5 to his name and third in Canada in sack yards with 33 yards.

Gryphons fourth-year kicker Gabe Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) takes home Special Teams Player of the Week honours after setting a new, single-game career-high with five made field goals Saturday at U of T. Ferraro, who currently leads U SPORTS with 15 made field goals, finished the day 5-for-6 vs U of T, with makes of 30, 25, 39, 43 and 26. Ferraro also had a solid day punting when called upon, averaging 37.5 yards per punt while twice pinning U of T inside their own 20-yard line. 

This weekends games have the Laurier Golden Hawks take on hometown rivals Waterloo Warriors, while the Guelph Gryphons will face a tough McMaster Marauders squad.


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