Huskies Bishop Earns POTW Honours

The No. 1-ranked Calgary Dinos were big winners on the field Week 3 of the Canada West season, and were rewarded Monday for their 80-18 win over the Alberta Golden Bears with a pair of conference player of the week awards.

Quarterback Andrew Buckley and kicker Johnny Mark are the Week 3 offensive and special teams players of the week respectively, while Saskatchewan’s Dane Bishop is the defensive player of the week.

OFFENCE – Andrew Buckley
Calgary Dinos
Quarterback
6-0, 201, 5th year
Calgary, AB

Reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner Andrew Buckley displayed the form that won him Canadian university football’s highest honour a year ago in a record-breaking offensive performance Week 3, as the No. 1 University of Calgary Dinos put up a dominant 80-18 win over Alberta Thursday night.

Buckley completed 27 of 33 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns – all in just over three quarters of work.

After losing the services of running back Mercer Timmis to injury after the first quarter, Buckley took on added responsibility for the offence and behind a strong offensive line, continually found open receivers. The Calgary native helped the Dinos engineer touchdowns on their first five possessions on a night Calgary broke their own Canada West single game scoring record, which they had previously set with a 78-54 win over Manitoba back in 2012.

Buckley and the Dinos (3-0) put up an unbelievable 975 yards of total offence in the game, with Buckley, who also rushed for 29 yards, accounting for nearly 500 yards on his own.

Calgary now heads on the road Saturday to face the Regina Rams (0-3). That game can be seen live on local Shaw TV, Shaw HD, Shaw Direct 299, on Access Communications’ channel 7/70 and online at canadawest.tv starting at 4 p.m. Saskatchewan time.

DEFENCE – Dane Bishop
Saskatchewan Huskies
Linebacker
6-0, 218, 5th year
Sherwood Park, AB

Fifth-year University of Saskatchewan linebacker Dane Bishop was a force for the Huskies on defence in a pivotal 33-18 win over the Regina Rams Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.

The Sherwood Park, AB native was all over the field, recording a game-high nine tackles. The senior linebacker added a sack, along with forcing and recovering a fumble.

With the Rams gaining steam on their first possession of the second half, Bishop swung momentum back to Saskatchewan, closing in on a Rams receiver, knocking the ball loose before emerging with the ball from the ensuing scramble.

The Huskies (1-2) travel to Vancouver, B.C. this Friday to take on the UBC Thunderbirds (2-1). The game is available live at canadawest.tv, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Pacific.

SPECIAL TEAMS – Johnny Mark
Calgary Dinos
Kicker
6-8, 185, 5th year
Peterborough, ON

With his first convert of the Dinos’ 80-18 win over Alberta last Thursday night, Calgary kicker Johnny Mark became the all-time leading scorer in CIS history, breaking a tie with former Western Mustang and current Winnipeg Blue Bomber Lirim Hajrullahu’s mark of 422 points.

When the night was over, Mark had scored 20 points: 10 PATs, three field goals, and a punt single. That sets the new national scoring mark at 442 points – a record he will continue to improve on with five games remaining in the season.

Through the first three weeks of his senior year, Mark is 10-11 in field goals, leads the nation with a 45.7-yard punting average, and has a Canada West-best 51 points scored on the season.