Regina, Calgary lead the way: 2016 Canada West all-star (30 man roster)

by: Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

NEW WESTMINSTER – Regina’s aerial cousin connection was among the highlights of the 2016 Canada West football all-star team announced Thursday.

Receiver Mitchell Picton, who racked up a conference leading 834 receiving yards this season, along with cousin Noah Picton, who set the Canada West and U Sports single-season passing yards record with 3,186 yards through the air, were selected as unanimous all-stars.

The pair were two of Regina’s seven total all-stars, and the only offensive players who were unanimously selected by the conference’s six head coaches.

On the defensive side of the ball, Calgary’s Robert Woodson was a unanimous selection at halfback for a second consecutive season, while Canada West interceptions leader (five) Stavros Katsantonis of UBC was the other unanimous defensive selection at safety.

Stealing the special teams spotlight was Saskatchewan punter and placekicker Sean Stenger. The Saskatoon product was the unanimous choice at both kicking positions after leading the conference in punt average (37.7 yards) and setting a new Saskatchewan single-season field goal record (22).

The conference major award winners will be announced Thursday, November 10, as Noah Picton looks to take home the Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy as conference MVP after Calgary Dinos QB Andrew Buckley won the award the last two seasons.

Fittingly, it was Buckley’s single-season record of 3,162 passing yards that Picton surpassed this season.

Picton is now hoping Buckley, who has moved on to play professionally with the Calgary Stampeders, passes another title his way.

The Hardy Cup Playoffs kick off this Saturday, as Calgary hosts Saskatchewan at McMahon Stadium (12 p.m. MT / Shaw, Access, CanadaWest.tv), while Regina welcomes UBC to Mosaic Stadium (3:30 p.m. SK / Shaw, Access, CanadaWest.tv).

The 80th Hardy Cup is set for Saturday, November 12 with a kickoff of 1 p.m. local at all potential hosts (Regina, Calgary, or Saskatchewan / Shaw, Access, CanadaWest.tv).

NOTE: After review of the Regina-Manitoba game from October 29, Picton’s passing total from the game stands at 459 (originally 447). The season record has been corrected to 3,186.

2016 Canada West Football All-Stars

* Denotes unanimous selection

Italics denotes tie

NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM

Offence

Centre:

Levi Hua / UBC Thunderbirds / 3 / Abbotsford, BC / Arts

2014 #CFC100 Justin Lawrence / Alberta Golden Bears / 3 / Spruce Grove, AB / Physical Education & Rec.

Guards:

Geoff Gray / Manitoba Bisons / 4 / Winnipeg, MB / Engineering

Ryan Sceviour / Calgary Dinos / 3 / Calgary, AB / Arts

Tackles:

Evan Johnson / Saskatchewan Huskies / 4 / Regina, SK / Engineering

Jeremy Zver / Regina Rams / 5 / Regina, SK / Science

Receivers:

*Mitch Picton / Regina Rams / 4 / Regina, SK / Business Administration

Austen Hartley / Calgary Dinos / 4 / Calgary, AB / Engineering

Ryan Schienbein / Regina Rams / 2 / Regina, SK / Kinesiology & Health Studies

Mitch Hillis / Saskatchewan Huskies / 4 / Saskatoon, SK / Kinesiology

Running backs:

2014 #CFC100 Tyler Chow / Saskatchewan Huskies / 3 / Calgary, AB / Arts & Science

2014 #CFC100 Ben Cummings / UBC Thunderbirds / 2 / Abbotsford, BC / Business

Quarterback:

*Noah Picton / Regina Rams / 3 / Regina, SK / Business Administration

Defence

Tackles:

Donovan Dale / Saskatchewan Huskies / 5 / Saskatoon, SK / Kinesiology

Jack McEwen / Calgary Dinos / 4 / Calgary, AB / Arts

 

Ends:

Evan Foster / Manitoba Bisons / 5 / Chilliwack, BC / Arts

Connor McGough / Calgary Dinos / 4 / Medicine Hat / Science

Linebackers:

DJ Lalama / Manitoba Bisons / 4 / Winnipeg, MB / Graduate Studies

Boston Rowe / Calgary Dinos / 3 / Calgary, AB / Business

2014 #CFC100 Dan Nesbitt / Regina Rams / 3 / Regina, SK / Business Administration

Halfbacks:

*Robert Woodson / Calgary Dinos / 4 / Calgary, AB / Arts

AJ Blackwell / UBC Thunderbirds / 3 / North Vancouver, BC / Arts

Jeffrey Propp / Regina Rams / 4 / Regina, SK / Business Administration

Cornerbacks:

Adam Laurensse / Calgary Dinos / 4 / Sherwood Park, AB / Arts

2014 #CFC100 Trivel Pinto / UBC Thunderbirds / 2 / Brampton, ON / Arts

Kahlen Branning / Regina Rams / 5 / Moose Jaw, SK / Campion Science

Safety:

* Stavros Katsantonis / UBC Thunderbirds / 2 / Bakersfield, Cali. / Arts

Special teams

Punter:

* Sean Stenger / Saskatchewan Huskies / 3 / Saskatoon, SK / Engineering

Placekicker:

* Sean Stenger / Saskatchewan Huskies / 3 / Saskatoon, SK / Engineering

Kick returner:

2014 #CFC100 Marcus Davis / UBC Thunderbirds / 3 / Victoria, BC / Arts

Shai Ross / Manitoba Bisons / 3 / Winnipeg, MB / Kinesiology & Recreation Management

2016 Canada West Football All-Stars – by school:

Regina Rams – 7

Calgary Dinos – 7

UBC Thunderbirds – 6

Saskatchewan Huskies – 6 (Stenger x2)

Manitoba Bisons – 4

Alberta Golden Bears – 1

Source: canadawest.org

 

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