Huskies Filteau Takes Canada West Salute

For the second consecutive week, Calgary Dinos quarterback Andrew Buckley is the Canada West offensive player of the week.

Buckley, who led the Dinos to a Canada West record 80-point performance two weekends ago against Alberta, posted another remarkable outing on Saturday. The fifth-year veteran led the No. 1-ranked Dinos to a 72-8 win over the Regina Rams.

Calgary’s 72-point effort is the fifth most in Canada West history.

Also earning a conference honour this week is Manitoba Bisons running back/returner Jamel Lyles, who earns his second special teams player of the week award this season after sparking the Bisons’ 42-32 come-from-behind win over Alberta with a 73-yard punt return touchdown on the final play of the third quarter.

Lyles has now won a player of the week award in three of his first four weeks, as he was also the offensive player of the week to open the season.

Rounding out this week’s winners is Saskatchewan linebacker Justin Filteau, who is the defensive player of the week after helping the Huskies earn their second consecutive victory.

Filteau racked up 13.5 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception return for a touchdown in Saskatchewan’s 45-29 win over UBC.

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

Andrew Buckley was at it again on the weekend, leading the No. 1 University of Calgary Dinos to another lopsided victory – this time 72-8 over the Regina Rams.

Playing three quarters, the fifth-year pivot completed 21 of 29 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns as the Dinos’ air attack took hold at Mosaic Stadium. It was the fifth-best single game passing performance in school history and just 24 yards off his career high of 512 yards.

Now second in the nation in passing yards per game, Buckley will look to keep the Dinos’ undefeated streak intact when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.

DEFENCE – Justin Filteau
Saskatchewan Huskies
5-8, 200, 1st-year
Moose Jaw, SK

First-year University of Saskatchewan linebacker Justin Filteau led the Huskie defensive effort in a 45-29 win over the No. 6 UBC Thunderbirds on the road.

The Moose Jaw, SK native led both sides with an impressive 13.5 tackles. Filteau’s highlight reel play came in late in the first quarter with the Huskies already out to a 14-0 lead. Filteau closed in and snagged the ball away from a T-Bird receiver. The 5-8 linebacker returned the pass 48 yards to the end zone, giving the Huskies momentum and a 21-0 lead they would not relinquish.

Manitoba Bisons
6-0, 205, 1st-year
Surrey, BC

Manitoba Bisons kick returner and running back Jamel Lyles continues to impress on special teams. The multi-faceted player was a major contributor in the No. 8 Bisons’ 42-32 road victory over the Alberta Golden Bears on Friday.

The first-year kick return specialist changed the momentum to the visitor’s side when he returned a punt for a 73-yard TD at the end of the third quarter and tied the score at 32. The play was the catalyst for the come-from-behind win by Manitoba, as they added 10 more points in the fourth quarter, including a 33-yard TD run by Lyles.

Overall, Lyles finished the contest with 104 punt return yards on four returns for a 26.0 average and added two kickoff returns for 35 yards. The Surrey, BC native also recorded a game-high 119 rushing yards and one rushing TD.

After four weeks, Lyles is first in conference punt return yards at 235, fourth in Canada West kickoff return yards with 276 yards and first in all-purpose yards with 1,021.

Next up for Manitoba (2-2) is the annual homecoming game on Friday, October 2 at 7 p.m. CT against the Regina Rams (0-4) at Investors Group Field.