Hamilton native Darryl Wheeler was named Ontario University Athletics’ Special Teams player of the week for the period ending Sept. 13.
Wheeler, the punter/kicker for the Mustangs, helped Western hold off the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks until the closing seconds of the game with effective punting, averaging over 40 yards a boot.
The sophomore kicker also added a field goal and three extra points along with two special teams tackles in the 30-7 win over the No. 6-ranked Golden Hawks. Wheeler kicked for 409 yards on 10 punts including one inside the 20-yard line.
Other player of the week honours went to Jordan Wilson-Ross of the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The running back was named offensive player. The first-year running back rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns in just his second OUA contest in a 45-11 road win at Waterloo on Sept. 12. The 20-year-old from Alliston, near Barrie, played 10 games last year at Nassau Community College (Garden City, N.Y.) and is a prospect for the Canadian men’s senior rugby team, Wilson-Ross produced touchdown runs of 10 yards in the first quarter and 33 yards in the second before finishing with the third-highest rushing total in Ottawa football program history, behind Bill Harrison’s 277 yards in 1974 and Davie Mason’s Canadian Interuniversity Sports’ playoff-record 372 yards in 2008. Wilson-Ross is also the Pioneer Petroleums OUA Male Athlete of the Week.
On defense, Conor Elliott of the Mustangs, got the nod.
The second-year linebacker from London led the Western defence with a pair of interceptions, a forced fumble and three total tackles (two solo, two assisted) in the win over Golden Hawks.