November 22, 2012
Quinlan named CIS player of the year
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
To the surprise of no one, McMaster Marauders quarterback Kyle Quinlan was selected Canadian university football player of the year.
Quinlan took home the Hec Crighton Trophy Thursday, becoming the fifth Marauder player to take home the award. He joins Jesse Lumsden, Ben Chapdelaine, Kojo Aidoo and Phil Scarfone.
Quinlan led the Marauders to the 2011 Vanier Cup win and will led the Marauders for a try at the double Friday against Laval Rouge et Or.
"The biggest prize is still out there," Quinlan said. "This is a great honour but individual awards are something you look back on after the season."
The other nominees for the award were Calgary Dinos quarterback Eric Dzwilewski, Montreal running back Rotrand Sene and Acadia pivot Kyle Graves.
In eight regular-season games this year, Quinlan had 19 touchdown passes throwing only two interceptions. He was second in the nation in passing yardage, third in passing yards and second in completion percentage, setting a single-season record of 68.9%.
Quinlan led quarterbacks with seven rushing touchdowns and was tied for first in rushing among quarterbacks with 550 yards.
Quinlan was asked what he would have to improve to play quarterback in the CFL.
"The speed of the game is a lot different," Quinlan said. "I have to process reads a lot quicker. I get away with running around a bit in the CIS. That's something that the CFL everyone is a good athlete ... they'll chase you down quite quickly."
Quinlan's coach Stefan Ptaszek believes Quinlan can play.
"I think Kyle may be the best CIS player ever," Ptaszek said. "He is just such a big-game player and always has been. The bigger the game, the better he plays."
Other award winners include Laval linebacker Frederic Plesius won the defensive player of the year award; McMaster defensive end Ben D'Aguilar took home the outstanding down lineman trophy; McGill wide receiver Shaquille Johnson was selected as the nation's top rookie.