At the end of the day, national record-setting Laval QB Benoît Groulx presents a better case to the rest of Canada than Bishop's Jamall Lee.
Groulx still has one more game and he is one of the country's top-ranked passers on the only unbeaten team. He might be shoo-in.
It's past the point to be playing Hec Survivor (it was busy last Tuesday, sorry), but a best guesstimate is that Calgary tailback Matt Walter is the Canada West nominee and Mount Allison all-purpose wideout Gary Ross gets the Atlantic nom.
The OUA is a toss-up. Queen's fifth-year tailback Mike Giffin was a hands-down choice through the first seven weeks until getting injured in the final regular-season game. Western QB Michael Faulds might be picking up steam. If the Mustangs win the Yates Cup Saturday, that will burnishes Faulds' case (so does that mean Queen's fans should root for the team that just stomped on their hearts because it might help one of their guys win an individual award? Short answer: These are not the best of times and nothing comes easy anymore.)
Do the people who pick a player to stand for the OUA work on a last in, first out basis though? Three Hec winners during the 2000-06 did not play in the Yates Cup (remember, Jesse Lumsden was injured in 2004).
Laval defensive tackle Etienne Legaré is up for the outstanding lineman award. Montréal linebacker Joash Gesse gets the Presidents' Trophy nom, while Bishop's D-back Harrison Maloney is a finalist for the Peter Gorman Trophy (rookie of the year) and Sherbrooke fullback Benoît Boulanger is the TSN Russ Jackson Award finalist.
Fist bump to regular Out of Left Field commmenter Big V for posting this at the dot-org.
Laval's Groulx the Quebec nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy (The Canadian Press)
Handicapping the Hec; Groulx trying to break through glass ceiling (October 7, 2008)