Jesse Schoengut was caught completely by surprise.
As a safety with the Edmonton Huskies, that is never a good thing on the football field. But it didn't cause any damage last night at the 44th annual Edmonton Eskimos dinner.
Stunned to be asked to come to the stage, Schoengut was presented with the second annual Edmonton Sun Wes Montgomery Memorial Award.
"There are actually five of us (here) tonight, all from the (Edmonton) Huskies," said Schoengut. "I had no clue that one of us was going to win it."
The award brings a $2,500 bursary, which Schoengut is going to put toward his master's studies at the University of Alberta next year.
"It's crazy," said the fourth-year geology student. "My parents are helping me out with my tuition right now, but I might not have to get a job now."
The 21-year-old Quebec native plans to return to the Huskies next season. The Huskies' season is over after losing the PFC semifinal last weekend.
FINISH LINES: The TSN CFL football panel - Dave Randorf, Matt Dunigan, Chris Schulz and Jock Climie - provided some on-stage entertainment.