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Alberta Golden Bears receiver Kolby Hurford, linebacker Michael Brodrique and placekicker Philippe Boyer of the Montreal Carabins are the U SPORTS football players of the week for the week ending September 11, 2022.

Offensive player of the Week – Kolby Hurford, Alberta

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  • Position: Receiver
  • Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta.
  • Year of eligibility: 2
  • Academic program: Education

University of Alberta receiver Kolby Hurford (Education) had four receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Golden Bears 34-11 over the Manitoba Bisons to earn the U SPORTS Football offensive player of the week award.

Hurford, who hauled in a pair of majors in the first half, saved his most spectacular reception for the third quarter when he and quarterback Eli Hetlinger connected on an 84-yard catch and run for his final score of the game.

Other nominees:

  • RSEQ: Jonathan Sénécal, Montréal
  • OUA: Jake Helfrich, Guelph
  • AUS: Malcolm Bussey, StFX

Defensive Player of the Week – Michael Brodrique, Montreal

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  • Position: Linebacker
  • Hometown: Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que.
  • Year of Eligibility: 4
  • Program: Education Sciences

Montreal’s fourth-year linebacker Michael Brodrique is the U SPORTS Football defensive player of the week. Brodrique set the tone early in Saturday’s Top 10 showdown with the visiting no. 4 Laval Rouge et Or intercepting an Arnaud Desjardins pass at the Montreal 45 before returning the ball 65-yards for a touchdown to give the Carabins an early 10-0 lead. Brodrique finished the contest with 6.5 tackles, including two for a loss for a total of 4-yards as UdeM downed Laval 21-18.

Other nominees:

  • Canada West: Anthony Bennett, Regina
  • OUA: Jackson Findlay, Western
  • AUS: Alex Fedchun, StFX

Special Teams Player of the Week – Philippe Boyer, Montréal


  • Position: Kicker
  • Hometown: Laval, Que.
  • Year of Eligibility: 1
  • Program: Physical and Health Education 

Rookie kicker Philippe Boyer made four of the five field goals he attempted including the game-winner 45-yard attempt as time expired as the no. 3 Montreal Carabins downed the no. 4 Laval Rouge et Or 21-18 on Saturday en route to the U SPORTS Football special teams player of the week award.

Boyer scored a rouge on a 63-yard put with less than two minutes remaining in regulation time to tie the game at 18.

Other nominees:

  • Canada West: Vince Triumbari, Calgary
  • OUA: Denny Ferdinand, Carleton
  • AUS: Lucas Cormier, Mount Allison