Guelph Gryphons John Rush is this week’s Ontario University Athletics defensive football player of the week for the period ending Sept. 9.
The Niagara Falls native was rock solid for the Gryphons as they stunned the host No. 7 Windsor Lancers, 28-9. The middle linebacker collected nine tackles – eight solo – in a dominant team and individual defensive performance.
Rush was the top performer on a defence that held last week’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s offensive player of the week, Austin Kennedy, to just 244 yards passing with no scores, and the Lancers as a whole to 111 yards rushing and only three field goals.
On offence, the honour goes to York Lions running back Kyle Exume.
The Whitby native had the highest single-game rushing total in the CIS this season, accounting for 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Lions’ 47-36 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday (Sept. 8).
His first touchdown came on the first play of the second quarter, a six-yard run to make the score 21-14 for Ottawa. He tied the game 5 ½ minutes later when he exploded through the line and up the sideline for an 85-yard touchdown. He added his third major early in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard rush to cap a 12-play, 107-yard drive that gave the Lions a 40-28 lead.
In total, he contributed over 200 yards of offence, adding 25 receiving yards to his rushing total, and he also helped on special teams with two tackles.
For the second week in a row, special teams recognition goes to Dillon Wamsley of the Queen’s. The Gaels’ kicker, from London, built on his outstanding season-opening game, as he went 4-for-4 on field goals, and scored 16 of the Gaels’ 42 points on Saturday. The rookie kicker averaged 44 yards on eight punts, 12 yards longer than his counterpart, giving the Gaels a consistent edge in field position all night.