Men’s Football News

Queen’s quarterback James Keenan, Saskatchewan linebacker Nick Wiebe and StFX kicker Ben Hadley are the U SPORTS football players of the week, for the week ending September 18, 2022.


Offensive Player of the Week: James Keenan – Queen’s

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
  • Year: 5th
  • Program: Arts & Science

Efficiency and productivity were at the forefront of James Keenan’s play against Carleton, as the pivot produced a potent performance for the victorious No. 4-ranked Gaels. Keenan threw a 42-yard touchdown pass on the Gaels’ second play from scrimmage and added three more touchdown passes as Queen’s cruised to a 49-17 win over the Ravens.

In addition to the four touchdowns, Keenan racked up 364 yards through the air on a sizzling 86.3 completion percentage (19-for-22) as the Gaels improved to 3-1 on the season.

Other Nominees:

  • AUS: Brandt Burzuk – Mount Allison
  • RSEQ : Dwanté Morgan – Concordia
  • CW: Eli Hetlinger – Alberta

Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Wiebe – Saskatchewan

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Hometown: Okotoks, Alta.
  • Year: 4th
  • Program: Business

Nick Wiebe had his eye on perfection in Regina. The linebacker posted a game-high seven tackles (6 solo) to boost the No. 2-ranked Huskies up over the No. 6-ranked Rams on Saturday night.

In what was truly a titanic defensive struggle, Wiebe was able to reel the then-unbeaten Rams in as his team held them to just 10 points. Every play was essential in the 11-10 affair.

Wiebe made a game-changing play in the third, climbing the ladder to deflect a pass down the middle that the Huskies picked off and grabbed possession. That play led to a Huskies score and their first lead of the game. The Rams battled back, but Wiebe and the Huskies didn't allow them much, setting themselves up for a game-winning kick in the final moments.

Other Nominees:

  • AUS: Dennis Rossler – Mount Allison
  • RSEQ: Nicky Farinaccio – Montreal
  • OUA: James Peter – Ottawa 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Ben Hadley - St. Francis Xavier

  • Position: Kicker/Punter
  • Hometown: Halifax, N.S.
  • Year: 3rd
  • Program: Business

Ben Hadley kicked four field goals and one extra point on Saturday, contributing 13 points to the X-Men’s 21-16 victory over the Bishop’s Gaiters. His field goals came from 17, 39, 47 and 38 yards out, all in the first half, giving STFX a 19-1 halftime lead.

Hadley also had eight punts in the game for 290 yards and three kick-offs for 185 total yards. The STFX X-Men improved to a 3-0 record on the season, tied for first place in the conference.

Other nominees:

  • RSEQ: Philippe Boyer – Montreal
  • OUA: Ben MacDonald – McMaster
  • CW: David Solie – Saskatchewan