The University of Regina Rams are preparing for a Canada West semi-final in Vancouver Saturday afternoon against the UBC Thunderbirds.
As the team headed out Thursday for what they hope is not their last practice of the 2017 season, four members of the team found out they were selected as Canada West all-stars.
Leading the way is quarterback Noah Picton (pictured). Picton had another stellar season for the Rams as he threw for 2491 yards and 19 touchdowns. His completions total (207) and completion rate (68.8%) are both second highest in U of R history, and he also became Canada West’s all-time leader in both passing yards and completions this season.
“Noah has incredible leadership skills and he’s unquestionably the pulse of our team,” Bryce said. “With just a couple of words, he has the ability to motivate and inspire both sides of the ball. His football IQ and dedication is what sets him apart – Noah leaves no stone unturned in his preparation, and that shows in his play week in and week out.”
Running back Atlee Simon had a huge finish to the season as he ran for 664 yards in the final four games of the year to help him pass Neal Hughes as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards.
Simon, who also became the U of R’s career leader in both rushing touchdowns and touchdowns scored this year, rushed for 914 yards and three touchdowns during the conference schedule while also catching 27 passes for 293 yards and three majors.
Making the grade on defense are linebacker Nick Cross and defensive lineman Nick Dheilly.
In his first season of U SPORTS football after starring at Regina’s Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, Cross earned the team’s starting role at sam linebacker and led the entire team in tackles, finishing with 33 solo and 26 assisted in eight Canada West games. He had three tackles for loss including one sack while also recording two pass breakups, one interception, and one forced fumble.
Dheilly had a brilliant sophomore campaign with the Rams, finishing second in Canada West and tying Akiem Hicks’ single-season school record with 6½ sacks. Last year’s Canada West Rookie of the Year, Dheilly also led the conference outright with 9½ tackles for loss while tying for the Canada West lead with three forced fumbles.
Game time Saturday from Vancouver is 4 o’clock. The game can be heard online on RM2.