Jordan Heather nom­i­nated for BLG Award

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Jor­danHeather made his fifth and fi­nal foot­ball sea­son with Bishop’s Univer­sity a mem­o­rable one. The Oro­mocto, N.B., na­tive rewrote the record books en route to be­com­ing the first-ever mem­ber of the Gaiters to claim the Hec Crighton Tro­phy as CIS player of the year.

The 6-foot, 185-pound his­tory stu­dent shat­tered one of the most pres­ti­gious sin­gle-sea­son marks in CIS foot­ball last fall thanks to an as­tound­ing 3,132 pass­ing yards in eight league games. He also set a new RSEQ sea­son stan­dard with 20 touch­down passes and com­pleted a team-record 199 passes, ty­ing him for first in the coun­try in 2013. Over the course of his mag­i­cal cam­paign, he was named RSEQ player of the week four times and claimed the CIS hon­our on three oc­ca­sions in nine con­tests, in­clud­ing play­offs.

Per­haps the most im­pres­sive statistic of Heather’s se­nior sea­son, his sig­na­ture mo­ment came on Septem­ber 28 against none other than the pow­er­ful Laval Rouge et Or and their na­tion­ally top-ranked de­fence. That day, the vet­eran pivot threw for 538 yards, a school record and the most in his­tory by any quar­ter­back against Laval. While the Gaiters couldn’t quite pull off the up­set – they lost 46-38 – their of­fen­sive out­burst rep­re­sented over 40 per cent of the points al­lowed by the even­tual Vanier Cup cham­pi­ons all sea­son (92).

Thanks to his spec­tac­u­lar play, the Gaiters fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with six wins (6-2) for the first time since 1993 and hosted their first play­off game since 1994. Heather ended his univer­sity ca­reer as Bishop’s all-time leader in TD passes (50), com­ple­tions (565), at­tempts (998) and yards (7,983).

His fond­est mem­o­ries from his time at Bishop’s, how­ever, have noth­ing to do with records and ev­ery­thing to do with play­ing with his younger brother Nathan, a re­ceiver, some­thing he calls the “ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time”. Over the past four sea­sons, the duo con­nected for 72 com­ple­tions. Jordan is cur­rently re­sum­ing his play­ing ca­reer with the St. Eti­enne Gi­ants, in France. “Jordan was awe­some,” says Bishop’s head coach Kevin Mackey. “He showed real ma­tu­rity in his fifth year and was one of the lead­ers of our team. We knew in pre-sea­son that we had one of the, if not the best quar­ter­back in the coun­try and he re­ally showed the rest of Canada what he was ca­pa­ble of. He and Brent Bai­ley, our of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, have a great re­la­tion­ship and that trans­lated to ex­cit­ing foot­ball. Jordan will def­i­nitely go down as one of the greats.”

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