Card dealt OUA nominee for defensive honours

McMaster Marauder safety Jesse Card received the Ontario University Athletics nomination for the Canadian Interuniversity Sports defensive player of the week.

And while he didn’t get this week’s national nod – that went to Concordia defensive back Sammy Okpro – it did bring attention to the Ottawa native earning early consideration for a third OUA All-Star selection at free Safety. The 23-year-old psychology major has captured first team OUA All-Star status at half-back and cornerback.

In beating the No. 3 ranked Gee Gees on Saturday, Card and the rest of the Marauders defensive corps received coach’s kudos in leading the No. 5 ranked Marauders to their seventh straight win over the University of Ottawa.

The last time the Gee Gees defeated McMaster was in the 2000 Churchill Bowl, when Ottawa was playing in the Quebec conference.

This season, Card’s third in the maroon and grey, the 5-10, 175 backfield guardian, has made 10 solo tackles and has one interception in two games.

He’ll try to add to those totals on Saturday when the Marauders travel to Windsor to play the resurgent Lancers in a game of unbeaten teams. In topping the OUA’s West Division, the Lancers have amassed 125 points while holding opponents to 37. Second place Mac has put 117 points on the board and allowed 44.

Last year the Lancers finished the season at 4-4 and the year previous they were 3-5. Mac was 5-3 last season and 7-1 two terms ago.

In other CIS weekly player honours, Alberta tailback Tendayi Jozzy was the offensive selection and Laval kicker and Brantford product Cameron Takacs got the special teams choice.

Takacs, a sophomore, was a perfect 5-of-5 on field goal attempts in a 43-27 win by the top-ranked Rouge et Or (2-0) over the McGill Redmen. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound kicker, who studies French as a second language at Laval, tied a team single-game record and ended one field goal short of the Quebec conference mark connecting from 37, 30, 29, 24 and 21 yards out.