The University of Regina Rams are seeing three players get recognized for their season by getting conference awards.
The most outstanding player is quarterback Noah Picton.
Picton set a new U Sports single-season record with 3186 passing yards this year and also led the nation in both completion rate (69.3%) and touchdown passes (25). His 224 pass completions this year are second in U Sports history, and he also set a school record for completion percentage while leading Canada West in every passing category.
First year defensive end Nick Dhielly is the rookie of the year.
Dheilly got his first start as a Ram in Week 4 and had three sacks in the team’s pivotal 32-27 home win over Calgary. He finished in a tie for second in Canada West with four sacks on the season, just a half sack behind the leader. Dheilly piled up 23½ tackles (17 solo, 13 assisted) including 7½ tackles for loss and also had a pass knockdown and an interception during the eight-game conference schedule.
Head Coach Steve Bryce has also been named Canada West Coach of the Year.
He wasn’t hired as the program’s third head coach in its university history until March, but was able to come in and immediately make a positive impact. Taking over a team that was 0-8 last year but with a solid core of returning players, Bryce’s guidance helped the Rams to a first-place finish in the Canada West standings for the first time in program history. The team reached as high as No. 4 in the U Sports rankings and hosted a home playoff game for the first time since the 2012 campaign.
Picton, Dheilly and Bryce will all look to be considered the best in the country later this month when U Sports Canada (formerly CIS) hands out yearly awards during Vanier Cup week in Hamilton.