The regular schedule kicked off last Sunday in Ontario University Athletics play and is set to start this week in the RSEQ and Canada West. Action begins on Sept. 6 in the AUS.
Martin, a third-year kinesiology student from London, Ont., took home the weekly honour on defence thanks to a career-high 12 solo tackles in a convincing 51-24 home victory over Ottawa. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, who amassed 15 tackles all season a year ago, also broke up two passes as the two-time conference champion Marauders tallied their 20 consecutive overall win against OUA opponents.
Martin was also named OUA defensive player for the first week.
Kennedy, a fourth-year business student from Windsor, claims Week 1 honours on offence for the second year in a row. For the second straight season, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound pivot opened league play with six touchdown passes – tying the school record – and not a single interception to lead his troops to a dominating 78-11 home win against Waterloo, which set a team mark for most points in a contest.
The 2012 OUA all-star completed a remarkable 86 percent of his passes (24 of 28) for 335 yards and also racked up 108 yards and a major on the ground.
Aprile, a fourth-year consecutive education student from Scarborough, Ont., was the choice on special teams following an outstanding all-around performance in a 52-1 road win over York. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, who finished the contest with a whopping 349 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, racked up 147 special team yards on only three returns, including a spectacular 115-yard major off a missed field goal late in the first half.