OTTAWA -- Bishop's University Jordan Heather was named Quebec conference player of the year Tuesday to become the first nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding player in CIS football.
Heather, a fifth-year history major from Oromocto, N.B., established a single-season Canadian Interuniversity Sport record with 3,132 passing yards in eight games. He also set a (RSEQ) conference record with 20 touchdown passes.
He's the first Bishop's player to claim the Jeff Russell Trophy since running back Jamall Lee in 2007.
The Quebec conference unveiled its annual awards Tuesday. The other conferences are set to name their award winners Thursday.
Other RSEQ winners include Montreal linebackers Antoine Pruneau (defensive MVP) and Alex Cromer-Emond (rookie of the year) and Kevin Mackey of Bishop's (coach of the year). McGill offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif won for outstanding down lineman and took the Russ Jackson Award for football, academics and community service.
The CIS individual awards will be presented Nov. 21 in Quebec City.