OUA Athlete of the Week

  • Chris Merchant, Western, Offence
    November 26, 2018
    Despite the tough defensive presence of the Laval Rouge et Or, Western quarterback Chris Merchant did everything he could under centre to give his Mustangs a shot at their second straight Vanier Cup.
  • Michael Moore, Western, Defence
    November 26, 2018
    In a game that saw the Laval Rouge et Or get off to a quick start offensively, the Mustangs needed their top-ranked defence to step up in a big way to get momentum back on their side; something that linebacker Michael Moore was able to oblige.
  • Marc Liegghio, Western, Special Teams
    November 26, 2018
    Marc Liegghio was in fine form once again for the purple and white in their quest for a second-straight undefeated season.
  • Chris Merchant, Western, Offence
    November 19, 2018
    It was clear early on that it would take a heroic effort from Chris Merchant under centre to lead his Mustangs to the Mitchell Bowl victory, and the Western quarterback provided just that.
  • Fraser Sopik, Western, Defence
    November 19, 2018
    Like he has been all season long, Western’s Fraser Sopik was all over the field on Saturday, stymieing the Saskatchewan offence whenever he could to help lead his Mustangs to the win.
  • Marc Liegghio, Western, Special Teams
    November 19, 2018
    For the second straight week, the Western Mustangs did not need to rely on the trustworthy boot of Marc Liegghio very often, but once again, the purple ponies’ kicker came through each time he stepped on the field to tally a nine-point output on the day.
  • Chris Merchant, Western, Offence
    November 12, 2018
    With a championship on the line, a team needs a strong performance under centre, which is exactly what the Western Mustangs got from Chris Merchant on Saturday in the Yates Cup.
  • Fraser Sopik, Western, Defence
    November 12, 2018
    He has been a leader on the Western defence for several years and Fraser Sopik continued the moniker during the team’s dominant performance against a talented Guelph squad on Saturday.
  • Marc Liegghio, Western, Special Teams
    November 12, 2018
    He wasn’t called upon often in the Yates Cup, as a result of the Mustangs’ consistent ability to find the end zone on Saturday, but kicker Marc Liegghio made the most of his time on the field to help Western maintain their keen edge on the championship stage.
  • Alex Taylor, Western, Offence
    November 06, 2018
    When playoff time rolls around, it’s no surprise to see the veteran players step up, which is exactly what Western’s Alex Taylor did en route to the Mustangs’ semifinal victory over Carleton on Saturday.
  • Mackenzie Ferguson, Western, Defence
    November 06, 2018
    In a game that was filled with takeaways, especially in the opening half, it was Mackenzie Ferguson who proved to be one of the more persistent thorns in Carleton’s side.
  • Jason Richards, Guelph, Special Teams
    November 06, 2018
    Special teams heroics are nothing new for Jason Richards and he showcased that game-changing ability again Saturday with a play that may have not gotten all the notoriety of the team’s game-winning touchdown but was equally critical.
  • Jean-Paul Cimankinda, Guelph, Offence
    October 29, 2018
    The running back position was a bit of a question mark for the Guelph Gryphons coming into the season, but with the arrival of rookie Jean-Paul Cimankinda, that question mark has turned into one of the team’s greatest strengths.
  • Kene Onyeka, Carleton, Defence
    October 29, 2018
    The Carleton Ravens turned in a quarterfinal victory on Saturday, largely keeping the McMaster Marauders at bay for the majority of the day, and they can thank much of that success to the strong play of Kene Onyeka.
  • Gabe Ferraro, Guelph, Special Teams
    October 29, 2018
    Just like he did to end the regular season, Gabe Ferraro has kicked his way to Special Teams Player of the Week honours to open the playoffs, helping his Guelph Gryphons defeat the Waterloo Warriors in quarterfinal action.
  • Tyler Ternowski, Waterloo, Offence
    October 22, 2018
    In fitting fashion, Tyler Ternowski put the cherry on top of his incredible campaign with a performance that has put the Waterloo Warriors receiver in the OUA record books.
  • Kadeem Thomas, York, Defence
    October 22, 2018
    York's Kadeem Thomas had an outstanding game on defence for the Lions in the team’s final game of the 2018 season, and his individual effort tabs him as this week’s standout defensive player in the OUA.
  • Gabe Ferraro, Guelph, Special Teams
    October 22, 2018
    Big kicks are nothing new for Ferraro and the fifth-year phenom was his clutch self against the Warriors on Saturday en route to him being named the OUA Special Teams Player of the Week. Ferraro nailed four field goals that not only helped his team to victory, but also put his name in the U SPORTS record books again.
  • Alex Taylor, Offence, Offence
    October 15, 2018
    Following up on the team’s electric rushing performance a week ago, another Mustang - Alex Taylor - put forth a dynamic effort on the ground against the Ottawa Gee-Gees
  • Lamar Foyle, Toronto, Defence
    October 15, 2018
    Fourth-year linebacker Lamar Foyle notched a game and season-high 9.5 tackles and added one break up in the University of Toronto Varsity Blues road loss to the No. 10 Guelph Gryphons on Saturday.
  • Gabe Ferraro, Guelph, Special Teams
    October 15, 2018
    Gabe Ferraro's illustrious university kicking career is nearing an end and the two-time All-Canadian is not going out quietly. On Saturday, Ferraro accounted for 22 of his team's 46 points in a 46-8 win over the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues.
  • Cedric Joseph, Offence, Offence
    October 09, 2018
    Fourth-year running back Cedric Joseph tallied an incredible 355 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries to help lead the Western football team to the 66-14 win over the Windsor Lancers at TD Stadium.
  • Daniel Metcalfe, Windsor, Defence
    October 09, 2018
    Daniel Metcalfe was nothing short of amazing against the defending Vanier Cup champion Western on Thursday, proving to be a one-man thorn in the Mustangs’ side.
  • Marc Liegghio, Western, Special Teams
    October 09, 2018
    The Mustangs put forth a strong all-around effort against the Windsor Lancers, and playing his role to perfection was Marc Liegghio, whose boot was as steady as they come in Week 7.
  • Sawyer Buettner, Ottawa, Offence
    October 01, 2018
    It was a Panda Game to remember for Gee-Gees quarterback Sawyer Buettner, as he led his team to victory in what was once again the biggest OUA regular season game of the year.
  • Job Reinhart, Guelph, Defence
    October 01, 2018
    On Saturday at University Stadium in Waterloo, the Guelph Gryphons put together one of the top defensive performances of the season, with fourth-year linebacker Job Reinhart right in the middle of it.
  • Clark Green, Windsor, Special Teams
    October 01, 2018
    Senior kicker Clark Green had a record-breaking day for the Blue & Gold as they celebrated 50 years of Lancer Football.
  • Chris Merchant, Western, Offence
    September 24, 2018
    With top spot in the OUA on the line, the Western Mustangs offence came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday against the Waterloo Warriors, and QB Chris Merchant was right in the thick of it.
  • Luke Griese, Ottawa, Defence
    September 24, 2018
    Griese had a standout defensive performance for the Gee-Gees in their 42-16 win against the York Lions on Saturday, stuffing the stat sheet for the best game of his career.
  • Daniel Diodati, Toronto, Special Teams
    September 24, 2018
    A second-year receiver, Daniel Diodati racked up 158 all-purpose yards in the Varsity Blues football team’s heated contest with the No. 6 Carleton Ravens on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Stadium.
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