OTTAWA (CIS) – Windsor quarterback Austin Kennedy, McMaster defensive back Scott Martin and Queen's returner Giovanni Aprile are the first CIS football players of the week for the 2013 season.
The regular schedule kicked off last Sunday in the OUA conference and is set to start this week in the RSEQ and Canada West. Action begins on Sept. 6 in the AUS.
Kennedy, a fourth-year business student from Windsor, claims Week 1 honours on offence for the second year in a row. For the second straight season, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound pivot opened league play with six touchdown passes – tying the school record – and not a single interception to lead his troops to a dominating 78-11 home win against Waterloo, which set a new team mark for most points in a contest. The 2012 OUA all-star completed a remarkable 86 percent of his passes (24 of 28) for 335 yards and also racked up 108 yards and a major on the ground.
Martin, a third-year kinesiology student from London, Ont., took home the weekly honour on defence thanks to a career-high 12 solo tackles in a convincing 51-24 home victory over Ottawa. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, who amassed 15 tackles all season a year ago, also broke up two passes as the two-time conference champion Marauders tallied their 20 consecutive overall win against OUA opponents.
Aprile, a fourth-year consecutive education student from Scarborough, Ont., was the choice on special teams following an outstanding all-around performance in a 52-1 road win over York. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, who finished the contest with a whopping 349 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, racked up 147 special team yards on only three returns, including a spectacular 115-yard major off a missed field goal late in the first half.