Rival gridiron passers share OUA honours

Two quarterbacks, including Burlington’s Dan Brannagan, share the Pioneer Petroleums Ontario University Athletics Athletes of the Week honours for the period ending Nov. 8.

Brannagan, who tosses the pigskin for Queen’s Gaels, and Michael Faulds, the Western Mustangs passer, earned the awards from what was an amazing offensive display at the 102nd Yates Cup. Both Brannagan and Faulds (Eden Mills) combined for over 1,000 passing yards in Queen’s 43-39 victory to win the Yates Cup, presented by Pioneer Petroleums.

Brannagan, a fifth-year accounting major, threw for 515 yards and five touchdowns and earned the Dalt White Trophy as Yates Cup most valuable player. Brannagan’s passing yards were the fourth-highest single game total in Canadian Interuniversity Sport playoff history. Faulds finished 25-of-38 passing for one touchdown and 509 yards in his final OUA game.

After a knee injury forced Faulds to leave the game with one minute remaining, he returned for the final play and saw his third-down pass fall just over his receiver while trying to engineer the game-winning drive. Earlier in the week, Faulds was named the OUA nominee for the Hec Crighton Award.

Both Brannagan and Faulds are also the OUA football offensive players of the week.

The female athlete of the week is Megan Brown of the Toronto Varsity Blues’ cross-country team. Brown claimed back-to-back CIS gold medals and her third individual title in four years as she paced the Blues women’s cross-country team to a second-place finish at the 2009 CIS championships in Kingston.

A Guelph native, Brown was also victorious in 2008 and 2006. She is completing a degree in physical education and health and was also named an all-Canadian and earns CIS athlete-of-the-year honours for the second straight season.