Jordan Heather nominated for BLG Award
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.”