It is a mild shock to find out Saint Mary's quarterback Erik Glavic is the apparently Hec Crighton Trophy winner as Canada's top university footballer.
Going into the playoffs, the Ottawa Gee-Gees QB Josh Sacobie, who was the country's most efficient passer, and Bishop's Gaiters record-setting running back Jamall Lee were the favourites. To the coaches who select the Hec winner, the thought of having to game plan for Glavic, a true dual-threat quarterback who can run and pass, probably brought them around to his strong case. Throw in his team's championship season and run to the Vanier Cup and that clinched it for the 6-foot-6 scrambling sophomore.
To say nothing of the groundswell of sentiment to honour a player from outside the OUA for a change...
It's well-earned, and assuming that there's no reason to doubt the media release that was briefly on the CIS website today, congratulations to him and his people.
It would be nice to know what The Score, which is supposed to announce the awards tonight, thinks of being scooped by its own partner. Somehow, someway, the story was on the CIS website, dated for tomorrow no less. By 5:30 p.m. today, it was no longer up.
The CIS does many things well, but keeping the Hec Crighton winner under lock-and-key until it's announced, not so much. People knew about Daryl Stephenson of Windsor winning ahead of the announcement last season. In 2002, it got out a couple days early with Tom Denison.
There is more over at The CIS Blog.
CIS football awards: Glavic captures Hec Crighton Trophy (cisport.ca; link broken as of 5:30 p.m.)