Gryphon running back Stevenson an OUA football player of week

GUELPH – Rookie running back Kaine Stevenson of the Guelph Gryphons has been named OUA football’s offensive player of the week for Week 4.

Stevenson had a breakout performance in last weekend’s win over the Waterloo Warriors as he averaged 9.2 yards per carry with 194 yards on 21 carries. He also scored three touchdowns.

Stevenson has 323 yards on 61 carries in his first season of OUA football and is tied for third in the league in rushing yards. He’s also one of four players in the league to have three rushing TDs while quarterback Chris Merchant of Western has a league-high four.

It’s the third consecutive week a Gryphon has been honoured. Linebacker Justin Lauzon was the defensive player of the week for Week 3’s win over the York Lions and returner Clark Barnes (special teams) and linebacker Jared Beeksma were players of the week for the Week 2 win over the Carleton Ravens.

Linebacker Kyle Rodger of the Ottawa Gee-Gees was Week 4’s defensive player of the week while Ottawa punter Loic Legendre is the special teams player of the week.

Rodger had nine solo tackles, five assisted tackles and he forced two fumbles in Ottawa’s come-from-behind 25-22 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Legendre had 12 punts against Laurier and he averaged 43.2 yards per punt with a longest of 66 yards. He also had three of them pin the Golden Hawks inside their own 20-yard-line.


  • Guelph Sports Journal