Red­blacks’ Il­nicki fi­nal­ist for another hon­our

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - KEN WAR­REN

Ot­tawa Red­blacks run­ning back Ed Il­nicki is in the run­ning for yet another ma­jor univer­sity hon­our.

Il­nicki, who won the 2017 Hec Crighton Tro­phy as the best player in Cana­dian univer­sity foot­ball while play­ing for the Univer­sity of Al­berta, is one of four fi­nal­ists for the Doug Mitchell Tro­phy, given to the all-around U Sports male ath­lete of the year — part of the BLG Awards.

The other fi­nal­ists in­clude bas­ket­ball stars Kadre Gray of Lau­ren­tian and Javon Masters of New Brunswick, along with Con­cor­dia wrestler Fran­cis Carter.

Il­nicki, who set a Canada West sin­gle-sea­son rush­ing record of 1,468 yards last sea­son, was orig­i­nally drafted by the Red­blacks in the sev­enth round of the 2017 draft.

After be­ing re­leased dur­ing train­ing camp last year, he’s hop­ing to kick off his pro­fes­sional ca­reer — likely start­ing out in a spe­cial teams role — with the Red­blacks this sea­son.

The Jim Thomp­son Tro­phy, awarded to the top U Sports fe­male ath­lete of the year, is also down to four fi­nal­ists.

The group in­cludes vol­ley­ball stand­outs Theanna Vernon of Ry­er­son and Marie-Alex Be­langer of Mon­treal, along with Cal­gary rugby/wrestling star Temi­tope Ogun­jimi and Aca­dia bas­ket­ball ace Paloma An­der­son.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a June 4 cer­e­mony in Van­cou­ver.

It’s the 25th an­niver­sary of the The BLG Awards, spon­sored by the law firm Bor­den Lad­ner Ger­vais.

Ed Il­nicki

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