The OUA has handed out the hardware, and a Mac Marauder is an award winner.
McMaster Marauders receiver Daniel Vandervoort was named the OUA rookie of the year, taking home the Norm Marshall Trophy.
Vandervoort was a highly touted recruit from Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie.
In his first game he had six catches, including one for a touchdown pass to help the Marauders to an opening week win over Ottawa.
In his second game, he was named the OUA offensive player of the week, after a big game at Queen’s, with seven catches for 172 yards that included a 73-yard touchdown reception.
In week four, he scorched the York Lions for five catches for 117 yards and scored three touchdowns.
In eight games he had 31 receptions for 594 yards for an outstanding average of over 19 yards per catch, and scored eight touchdowns, just one shy of the McMaster single season receiving record of nine, held by current Toronto Argo Mike Bradwell.
Meantime, Western quarterback Will Finch has been named the 2013 most valuable player and is a nominee for the CIS Hec Crighton Trophy.
The Burlington native established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in CIS football, helping the Western Mustangs to their first 8-0 season since 1998, and setting a new OUA team scoring record in the process with 458 points.
Finch had one of the greatest statistical seasons in history, setting new OUA milestones for passing yards with 3,047, and completion percentage, hitting 69.7 percent of his passes. He tossed 21 touchdowns on the year and added five more on the ground.
Finch’s Mustangs meet Queen’s this Saturday in the Yates Cup.