Jeffrey top coach, Moore wins community service award
HALIFAX – Mount Allison running back Jordan Botel is the AUS Football Conference’s most outstanding player.
Botel, a second-year arts student from Prince George, B.C., is the conference’s nominee for the Hec Crighton Award as the nation’s top college football player.
For the second year in a row, Botel led the conference in rushing and was responsible for 36 of Mount Allison’s 166 points during the season. He had the second most all-purpose yards with 812 to go with 758 yards on 170 carries.
He was also named to the all-conference squad for the second consecutive year.
“Jordan is a powerful runner who has tremendous ability to break tackles and gain extra yards after first contact,” said Mounties’ coach Kelly Jeffrey, who was named the Larry Uteck Trophy winner as coach of the year in the conference. “He is a very complete back that can hurt you in a number of ways, but truly excels between tackles where he can wear down an opponent over the course of a game.”
He joins Gary Ross (2009) and Kelly Hughes (2008) as Mounties to recently win the Chris Flynn Trophy as most outstanding player.
For Jeffrey, it’s the second time he has won the award with the first coming in 2010.
Facing a 1-4 start, Jeffrey guided the Mounties to the playoffs and into the conference with four straight wins, including a 19-10 win over Acadia last weekend.
Mount Allison faces the conference-leading Saint Mary’s Huskies in Saturday’s Loney Bowl with the winner advancing to the Uteck Bowl next weekend.
In his sixth year as coach, the Mounties led the AUS in scoring, rushing touchdowns with nine and total touchdowns with 18.
Wide receiver Stu Moore of Mount Allison won the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.
Named for former CFL quarterback Russ Jackson, the award recognizes a player who excels on the field, in academics and in the community. Moore is an academic all-Canadian, had 10 receptions for 114 years and volunteers with a number of initiatives in Sackville, N.B. including the Right to Play organization and the local chapter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
He has also acted as a mentor for at-risk youth through the Mount Allison Youth Mentorship program and has been a student tutor and mentor for the Mounties in Motion Program. He is also project co-ordinator for the Heroes in the Hallway anti-bullying program that organizes team visits to elementary schools.
Other award winners include: rookie of the year Adam Melanson of Acadia, defensive player of the year Ron Omara of St. F.X., outstanding lineman Jesse St. James of Acadia and volunteer coach of the year Joe Taplin of Saint Mary’s.