Best in the West: Tyson Philpot earns Canada West Player of the Year nod

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Calgary Dinos receiver Tyson Philpot has been named Canada West Player of the Year in a unanimous vote.

Playing in his third season, Philpot led the nation in touchdowns with nine, adding 746 yards on 43 receptions. His breakout game came against UBC where he racked up 214 yards and 3 scores against the Thunderbirds, adding 48 yards on the ground.

Philpot was hoping to lead the Dinos back to the Vanier Cup after winning it in 2019 and having the 2020 season canceled. He had 52 yards receiving in the Dinos Championship win over Montreal, helping the U of C to their 5th Vanier Cup title.

But the Dinos finished with a 2-4 record this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006 despite their number ten ranking in the country.

The Delta, B.C. native is the first receiver since Jason Clermont in 2001 to be named Canada West Player of the Year. Don Blair was the last Dino receiver to take home the award, doing so in 1995.

This comes a week after he was the only unanimous vote on the offensive side of the ball to earn the Canada West All-Star honours, joining his brother Jalen Philpot and teammates Logan Bandy and Jacob Biggs.

The other winners included Fourth-year Alberta linebacker Josiah Schake who took home both the Outstanding Defensive Player and Student-Athlete Community Service awards.

UBC quarterback Garrett Rooker was also a unanimous selection as the conference’s Rookie of the Year.

Manitoba defensive lineman Brock Gowanlock was voted the Canada West’s Outstanding Lineman. He’ll face the winner for Canada West Coach of the Year, Saskatchewan’s Scott Flory, in the Hardy Cup on Saturday in Saskatoon.