Université de Montréal Carabins quarterback Jonathan Sénécal won the Hec-Crighton Trophy as Canada’s most valuable player. He received the award Thursday evening at the Vanier Cup Awards Gala in Kingston, Ontario.
Sénécal, who had already been voted MVP in Quebec in the fall, had the best season of his career in the university ranks. The quarterback ranked 1st in all statistical categories at his position on the Quebec Student Sports Network (RSEQ).
It’s an honor that I definitely want to share with all my teammates. It’s true that I had a good season, but without her none of this would have been possible. Everyone improved their game even further and that was reflected in our results. I am very happy about this award, but I will appreciate it 100% when our work is fully completedhe said in a press release.
Sénécal finished the season with 15 touchdown passes, a team high. RSEQ and a record for the Carabins. He had 2,215 passing yards, the second-most in team history, completed nearly 70% of his passes and had just four interceptions, the fewest total among the team’s starting quarterbacks this season RSEQ. He also totaled 394 yards on the ground, the fourth-highest total among players in the world RSEQall positions combined and the highest among quarterbacks in 2024, as well as a new brand for the Carabins.
The HEC Montreal business student quickly added six majors and none of them earned a sneak of the quarter. For the second time in three seasons, former Collège André-Grasset Phénix member led his team to a record of seven wins and one loss, good for first place in the association.
He is now preparing to play the Vanier Cup against the Queen’s University Thunderbirds.
He is the first Carabins player to receive this honor and the second ever RSEQ in a row, according to Kevin Mital.
Two other athletes playing at universities in Quebec won big prizes. Montreal linebacker Harold Miessan won the Presidents’ Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player not playing on the line. And Laval University Rouge et Or linebacker Justin Cloutier won the Peter Gorman Trophy as rookie of the year.
“I am very happy and it touches me,” said Miessan. I’m not surprised that this trophy stays with the carbines. The mentality is the same among both the players and the coaches: we want to be the best. We constantly train and play to become the best. I’m very proud of our defensive unit this season and we still have a big game ahead of us to show what we’re capable of.
Ten Carabins players earned a spot on the various All-Canadian teams. This is the largest number of national all-star players in the organization’s history.
No fewer than eight players were named to the Canadian first team, setting another record for the organization. Six of these eight players come from the defense.
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