SACKVILLE, N.B. – Five members of the Mount Allison Mounties were named to the 2012 Atlantic University Sport football all-star team.
Jordan Botel, a native of Prince George, B.C., led the conference in rushing with 878 yards and seven touchdowns and his 197 rushing attempts this season are the second-most in a single season in AUS history.
His 878 yards on the ground was the most by any Mount Allison player in a single season since 1998 when former Hec Crighton Trophy recipient Eric Lapointe rushed for 1,515 yards.
“Jordan is a physically punishing running back. When Jordan finds a crease he is dangerous in the open field and is a great finisher of runs,” Mounties’ coach Kelly Jeffrey said. “He rarely is tackled by one person and continually drags the pile for extra yardage. In just his first season he has shown to be very coachable and has continued to improve each game he has played here.
Ryan Downe of New Maryland, N.B. was named to the team at defensive end, Jacob LeBlanc of Halifax was selected as defensive tackle and Donovan Saunders was named to the team as a kick returner.
Downe, in his fifth and final season, finished his career as the team’s all-time leader in sacks with 21. He had five sacks this year and led all defensive linemen in the conference with 39.5 tackles.
LeBlanc, the 2011 AUS rookie of the year, had 35.5 tackles in his sophomore season.
A second-year player from Hamilton, Ont., Saunders had two touchdowns and 15 tackles on defence and led the AUS in punt return average with 12.4 yards per return. He also returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in a Week 7 win over St. Francis Xavier.
“Donovan has rapidly improved to become an all around talented football player,” Jeffrey said. “In just his second year he has already established himself as one of the elite defensive backs in the AUS. His ability to break on the ball and play physical in run support is a combination that coaches dream of from the cornerback position.”
Jeffrey said his vision and explosiveness make him a return threat. He credited him for setting up several offensive scores with the field position he created through his kick returns.
Acadia claimed 11 all-star positions and Saint Mary’s had eight. St. F.X. had three.