McMaster Marauders receiver Danny Vandervoort, Western linebacker Jean-Gabriel Poulin and Queen’s kicker Dillon Wamsley are the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s football players of the week for the 2015 season.
The regular schedule kicked off on Sunday in the Ontario University Conference conference and gets under way this weekend in the RSEQ and Canada West. League play in the AUS starts Sept. 11.
Vandervoort, a third-year sociology student from Barrie, Ont., was honoured on offence thanks to a record performance in the Marauders’ wild 55-33 road win against Toronto. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior set a new team standard and tied the single-game OUA mark with four touchdown receptions, including a spectacular 89-yard score in the second quarter that gave McMaster a 17-16 lead.
Vandervoort finished his impressive season opener with 10 catches for 168 yards as the 2014 Yates Cup champions and Vanier Cup finalists outscored the Varsity Blues 31-7 in the second half.
Earlier this week he was named OUA offensive player of the week.
Poulin, a second-year King’s College student from St. Nicolas, Que., took home the award on defence after he helped the Mustangs smother the Windsor offence in a dominating 76-7 road victory. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound sophomore recorded a team-high six tackles, including four of the solo variety, and scored a touchdown in the third quarter after he scooped up a loose ball before returning it 15 yards to the end zone. As a team, Western held its rivals to 11 first downs and 188 yards of total offence.
Wamsley, a fourth-year arts and science student from London, Ont., was the choice on special teams following an unblemished season debut. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound veteran was perfect on two field goal and four extra-point attempts while also averaging 36.9 yards per punt and 48.7 yards per kickoff in a 34-24 home win over Carleton. Wamsley’s 39-yard field goal early in the third quarter brought the Gaels back to within three points at 20-17 and his 27-yard effort with 64 seconds left in the contest sealed the deal for the winners.