Sophomore linebacker John Rush has been named the OUA’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Windsor, just the third start of his Gryphon career. From the oua.ca press release:
John Rush was rock solid for the Guelph Gryphons this weekend as they stunned the host No. 7 Windsor Lancers 28-9. Rush collected nine tackles, eight solo, in a dominant team and individual defensive performance. The middle linebacker, from Niagara Falls, Ont. was the top performer on a defence that held last week’s CIS offensive player of the week, Austin Kennedy, to just 244 yards passing with no scores, and the Lancers as a whole to 111 yards rushing and only three field goals.
The other OUA Players of the week were Kyle Exume (offense) of York and Dillon Walmsley (special teams) of Queen’s.
Rush was also named the University of Guelph’s Male Athlete of the Week.
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Christine Rivet of the KW Record, whose preseason rankings & comments I was critical of here, now seems to be picking up on some of the changes going on in the OUA. In her story yesterday – Sands are shifting in grid conference – she writes that two perennial powerhouses are flirting with their first seasons out of the playoffs in at least a decade. Then Rivet adds, Even the unranked Guelph Gryphons got in on the action, toppling the No. 7 Windsor Lancers on Saturday.
I expect that we will see the Gryphons join the CIS Top 10 when this week’s version comes out today. Guelph has already played three of the top 10 teams on the road. October contests with ramked teams, Western and Queen’s, will be on the new turf of Alumni Stadium.
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Gryphons training camp video: