2014 Homecoming game review – part 3

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense – Jazz Lindsey
Defense – Cam Walker
Special Forces – Ryan Nieuwesteeg

This was the second week in a row that Lindsey had played very well, and Saturday he had the numbers to prove it – 23 of 35 passing for 345 yards & 3 TDs with no INTs. Lindsey also added 46 yards & 2 TDs on the ground. His slick ball-handling and  ball-fakes were a big part of the record-setting offensive output. Lindsey was named the Gryphon Male Athlete of the Week for his efforts. Walker‘s stellar defensive performance also garned him the OUA’s Defensive Player of the Week award. Walker tallied 8 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Nieuwesteeg did a tremendous job of providing the Gryphon offense with excellent field position. He leads the CIS in punt return yards with 499. His next closest competitor has more returns [26 vs 24] but only 217 yards.

Players of the Week - Jazz Lindsey, Ryan Nieuwesteeg & Cam Walker Photo: gryphons.ca

Players of the Week – Jazz Lindsey, Ryan Nieuwesteeg & Cam Walker
Photo: gryphons.ca

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From OUA.ca By The Minutes:

2005 – The last time the Queen’s Gaels football team had been shut out in an OUA regular season game. That streak came to an end on Saturday when the Gaels suffered one of their worst losses in school history to the Guelph Gryphons, falling 66-0.

At the mid-point of the Gryphons’ regular season some statistics worthy of note:

  • Jazz Lindsey is tied for #1 in the OUA in touchdown passes [8] and touchdown-to-interception ratio [8:1]
  • Rob Farquharson is second in rushing yards [439] in spite of having missed a game. He is also #2 in yards per rush with an average of 146.3 ypc
  • A’dre Fraser is ranked 5th in the OUA in receiving yards per game with an average of 97.3
  • Ryan Nieuwesteeg is the leading punt returner in the OUA and the CIS.
  • Daniel Ferraro has hit on 9 of 11 field goals, or 82% of his kicks. That ranks him #3 in the OUA in Field Goal kicking percentage. Ferraro is also #3 in the conference in punting with an average of 38.8 yards per punt. And Ferraro is #3 in OUA scoring with 44 points
  • Iain Hutchison is the leading tackler for the Gryphons with 21.5 tackles – 18 solo, 5 assists. Mac Myers is 2nd with 19.5. Followed by fellow linebackers John Rush [19] and Cam Newton [18].

Video highlights of the game:

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CIS Top 10 for September 23

Ranking-Team-(Record)-Points-Last week
1. Laval (3-0) 300 1
2. Calgary (3-0) 267 2
3. Western (3-0) 241 3
4. McMaster (4-0) 208 4
5. Montreal (2-1) 171 5
6. Guelph (3-1) 154 6
7. Saskatchewan (2-1) 114 7
8. Mt. Allison (3-0) 107 8
9. Concordia (3-0) 84 10
10. Manitoba (2-1) 47 9

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The Guelph Mercury article on recent inductee Dan Tocher – Hall of Famer recalls pressure of homecoming:

During his time with the Gryphs, he was an all-Canadian in 1989, an OUAA first-team all-star in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and he led the OUAA in receptions from 1987 to 1990. He was also named a member of the 1980’s Gryphon football team of the decade.

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