Written by U SPORTS/OUA
Photo by U SPORTS
QUEBEC CITY, Quebec – Without much surprise, the three teams than ran the table in their respective conferences during the regular season dominated the all-Canadian selection.
Laval led the way with eight all-stars – including a U SPORTS-best five on the first team – while Calgary and Western had seven and six, respectively. A quartet of schools followed with four apiece, including UBC, Laurier, Saskatchewan and StFX.
Among first-team all-Canadians, Laval defensive end Mathieu Betts – now a three-time J.P. Metras Trophy winner – is one of eight standouts returning from last year’s top unit. The impressive list also includes Laval tackle Vincent Desjardins, UBC free safety Stavros Katsantonis and Ottawa cornerback Jamie Harry on defence and, on offence, Western guard David Brown as well as receivers Trivel Pinto of UBC, Kurleigh Gittens Jr. of Laurier and Kaion Julien-Grant of StFX.
For Onyeka, 2018 marks the second consecutive year he has been able to put “All-Canadian” next to his name. He was also named a 2nd Team All-Canadian in 2017 to go with a nomination for U SPORTS Lineman of the Year trophy.
|DT||Vincent||Desjardins||Laval||4||Quebec City, Que.||Civil Engineering|
|DE||Mathieu||Betts||Laval||4||Montreal, Que.||Teaching Physical & Health Education|
|DE||Kene||Onyeka||Carleton||5||Brampton, Ont.||Mechanical Engineering|
|LB||Fraser||Sopik||Western||4||Toronto, Ont.||Social Science|
|LB||Brian||Harelimana||Montreal||3||Laval, Que.||Arts & Sciences|
|HB||Marc-Antoine||Dequoy||Montreal||3||Île Bizard, Que.||Computer Science|
The Ravens were flying high on the defensive side of the ball with five selections from the vaunted Carleton crew cracking the roster. Kene Onyeka (Brampton, Ont.) continues to be a leader on the Ravens defence, adding to his already impressive OUA resume with a league-leading seven sacks this season and 42 yards lost via these quarterback takedowns.
Also anchoring the defensive side of the ball is the conference’s second-leading tackler, Jack Cassar (Mississauga, Ont.), who bombarded the opposition with 62.5 on the year, including eight tackles for a loss. Tevin Bowen (Toronto, Ont.) completes the Carleton crew’s first-team trio. The combined 64 tackles and five interceptions from James McCallum (Mississauga, Ont.) and Jonathan Edouard (Orlando, FL), meanwhile, spark the black birds’ second-team numbers. The latter also added on three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble on the year.