Huskies Honoured

University of Saskatchewan safety Mark Ingram and head coach Brian Towriss were honoured by the Canada West Thursday with football major awards.

Ingram, a fifth-year from Imperial, Sask., was named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, while Towriss, in his 31st year as head coach, was named Canada West Coach of the Year for the ninth time in his career.
Helping the No. 8 ranked Huskies to a 6-2 record and a home playoff date for the first time in four seasons, the Agriculture and Bioresources student finished 2014 with 48.5 tackles (42 solo, 13 assisted), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four breakups and six interceptions. His totals put him third in the conference in tackles and first in interceptions in both the conference and CIS. He was 15th in the tackles in the nation.

On defence this season as a team, the Huskies held opponents to just 28.2 points per game and had a league-best 15 interceptions.
“As a safety Mark has great anticipation skills, tremendous range and quickness to break on the ball,” said Towriss. “His physical skills, IQ and leadership skills combine to put Mark at the top of the list of great safeties to play for the Huskies. He is our unquestioned leader on defence, plays with great heart, and enjoys the game as much as any player I have seen in a long time.”
Towriss led the Huskies to a second place 6-2 record and a home playoff date in 2014. It is the 14th straight year the Huskies have earned a playoff spot and first time since 2010 at home.

As a team, the Huskies led the conference in passing touchdowns (22) and interceptions (15), as well as sat second in scoring when in the red zone converting 32-of-33 times including 25 touchdowns in those opportunities. Saskatchewan scored 249 points in eight games.

“Brian Towriss is a well-respected leader in the coaching fraternity across the CIS,” said Huskie athletic director Basil Hughton. “He is above reproach in all of his dealings with young athletes and colleagues. We are truly pleased he has received this well-deserved honour once again in his storied career.”

The CIS all-time wins leader at 187 (conference and playoffs) has been a coach with the team for 35 seasons, starting as an assistant coach under Val Schneider in 1980 before taking over the team as head coach in 1984. He spent four seasons as a defensive lineman for the Huskies from 1974-77 and was named a conference all-star in 1974.

He has led Saskatchewan to three Vanier Cup titles, 11 Hardy Cup titles and nine Vanier Cup appearances.
Saskatchewan was eliminated from the Canada West postseason last week with a 47-39 loss to the Manitoba Bisons.
Towriss and Ingram are in the running for awards at the CIS level. Ingram is the eighth Huskie to be the nominee for the CIS President’s Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive Player). Only one Huskie has won it – Warren Muzika in 1998. Both awards will be announced on November 27th at a CIS awards event in conjunction with the 50th Vanier Cup slated for November 29 in Montreal.

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