A first for the Regina Rams.
On Thursday night, quarterback Noah Picton was selected as the top university football player in Canada by being named the Hec Crighton Trophy winner.
Picton had one of the best statistical seasons in U Sports history. He set a national record with 3186 passing yards. His 224 completions set a Canada West record and are the second most by any quarterback in a single season. He led the conference with a 69.3% completion rate. He also led the country with 25 touchdown passes on the season throwing for four in five of his eight regular season games.
Picton was also selected as an All-Canadian as was his cousin Mitchell, Mitchell Picton set a school record with 58 receptions, tying Jason Clermont’s U of R record with 11 touchdown catches, and leading Canada West with 834 receiving yards.
Considered a prospect for the 2017 CFL Draft, the fourth-year slotback joins elite company – Clermont, Chris Bauman, Chris Getzlaf, and Addison Richards are the only other Rams receivers to be named first-team All-Canadians.
Two other members of the team were up for U Sports awards, but Nick Dheilly did not win the rookie of the year while Steve Bryce was unsuccessful as head coach of the year despite guiding the team to a 6-2 finish, good for first place in Canada West, in his first year on the job as he inherited a team which had gone 0-8 the year before.