Championships Vanier Cup

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Offensive Player of the Week: Arnaud Desjardins, Laval

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Hometown: Montreal, Que.
  • Year of eligibility: 3
  • Program: Law

Arnaud Desjardins was a key contributor in leading the Laval Rouge et Or to a 46-14 victory over the McGill Redbirds on Saturday afternoon in Montreal. The third-year quarterback completed 21 of 25 pass attempts for 263 yards along with three touchdowns. Desjardins specially made his mark through his game high 55 rushing yards and a touchdown. The law student contributed to keeping the Rouge et Or at No. 3 in the national ranking at the midseason mark.

  • Other Nominees:  
  • AUS: Silas Fagnan, STFX
  • OUA: Jared Chisari, Queen’s
  • CW: Jackson Tachinksi, Manitoba

Defensive Player of the Week: Jackson Findlay, Western

  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Year of eligibility: 3rd
  • Program: Science

Jackson Findlay was a true defensive weapon in Saturday’s showdown between then-No. 4-ranked Windsor and his top-ranked Mustangs, who picked up a 21-10 victory. Findlay made a pair of interceptions on the day, stopping the Lancers from extending their 10-8 halftime lead early in the thid quarter, and then sealing the victory with a goal-line pick with 15 seconds left. The North Vancouverite added 5.5 tackles (four solo and three assisted) as well as a sack for eight yards, as the Mustangs limited Windsor to just three offensive points.

  • Other Nominees:
  • AUS: Riley Comeau, Acadia
  • RSEQ: Mohamed Elshal, Montréal
  • CW: Mack Bannatyne, Alberta

Special Teams Player of the Week: David Solie, Saskatchewan

  • Position: Kicker/Punter
  • Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Year: 5th
  • Program: Arts & Science

David Solie made an unforgettable impact in Friday night’s game where the then-No. 8 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies upset the then-undefeated, and No. 5 ranked, UBC Thunderbirds, 34-31. The fifth-year kicker went four for five on field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder, and averaged 40.3-yards on seven punts. Solie secured the win thanks to a 42-yard field goal with 5:03 left on the clock. His performance helped bump the Huskies up to No. 4 in the U SPORTS ranking. 

  • Other Nominees:
  • AUS: Ben Hadley, STFX
  • RSEQ: Guillaume Cauchon, Laval
  • OUA: Campbell Fair, Ottawa