Running back Malcolm Bussey of the St. FX X-Men has been awarded the Chris Flynn Trophy as Atlantic University Sport’s (AUS) most outstanding player for the 2022 season.
The five-foot-11, 192-pound ball carrier led the AUS in rushing through the eight game regular-season, notching 144 carries for 881 yards and 11 touchdowns — tied for the national lead in that category.
The native of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia was also named an AUS all-star for the second consecutive season, adding to a resume that already includes being named the conference’s rookie of the year in 2021.
This marks the fourth time in the last six seasons that a player from the X-Men has been honoured as the AUS’ most outstanding player. Bussey joins Silas Fagnan (2021), Tivon Cook (2016) and current Montreal Alouette Kaion Julien-Grant (2018) in the record books.
Also receiving major honours from the AUS were Bishop’s Gaiters linebacker Gabriel Royer, who received the Tony Proudfoot Trophy as the conference’s best defensive player, and St. FX defensive end Alex Fedchun, who was named the AUS’ Outstanding Lineman.
Royer played in just seven games in 2022 but still finished as the conference leader in tackles (52), solo tackles (44), and tackles per game (7.4). The five-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker added seven sacks and two interceptions to become the first Gaiters player to claim the AUS’ top defensive honour.
Fedchun led the conference in sacks during the regular season, with nine — good for second-most in the country. The six-foot-five, 245-pound pass rusher added 38 tackles (31 solo, 14 assisted) for an average of 4.8 tackles per game and two fumble recoveries.
St. FX receiver Zachary Houde was named Rookie of the Year, while Saint Mary’s quarterback Duncan Patterson took home the prestigious Student-Athlete Community Service Award. X-Men head coach Gary Waterman got the nod as Coach of the Year, with receivers coach Tyler Wilson being named the top volunteer assistant.
All major AUS award winners are finalists for the equivalent national honours.
In addition to the awards, the AUS also announced the conference’s 2022 All-Star selections. A full list can be seen below.
2022 AUS FOOTBALL ALL-STARS
Defensive tackle: Zechariah Willems, STFX (2nd year—Tiny, ON)
Defensive tackle: Reece Martin, Mount Allison (4th year— Moncton, N.B.)
Defensive end: Alex Fedchun, STFX (4th year—Calgary, AB)
Defensive end: Liam Patton, Bishop’s (4th year—Thornhill, ON)
Linebacker: Gabriel Royer, Bishop’s (2nd year—Lawrenceville, QC)
Linebacker: Owen O’Neal, Mount Allison (3rd year—Sackville, N.B.)
Linebacker: Dyton Blackett, STFX (4th year—Canning, N.S.)
Safety: Lucas Cormier, Mount Allison (3rd year—Sackville, N.B.)
Halfback: Daniel Bell, Mount Allison (3rd year—Saint John, N.B.)
Halfback: Brandyn Martin, STFX (2nd year—Melfort, SK)
Cornerback: Jassin States-McClean, Saint Mary’s (4th year—Halifax, N.S.)
Cornerback: Liam Wilde, STFX (4th year—Calgary, AB)
Centre: Peter Kourtis, Saint Mary’s (5th year—Toronto, ON)
Guard: Will Chapman, STFX (3rd year—Bedford, N.S.)
Guard: Jacob Scharnberg, Mount Allison (3rd year—Moncton, N.B.)
Tackle: Liam McConville, STFX (5th year—London, ON)
Tackle: Mitchell Martel, Bishop’s (2nd year—Pointe-Claire, QC)
Receiver: Zachary Houde, STFX (1st year—Thetford Mines, QC)
Receiver: Ben Harrington, STFX (2nd year—Dartmouth, N.S.)
Receiver: Zakariya Karim, STFX (3rd year—Ottawa, ON)
Receiver: Liam Stewart, Saint Mary’s (2nd year—Port Coquitlam, B.C.)
Running back: Malcolm Bussey, STFX (2nd year—Hammonds Plains, N.S.)
Running back: David Chaloux, Bishop’s (2nd year—Saint-Charles-Boromée, QC)
Quarterback: Silas Fagnan, STFX (2nd year—Bonnyville, AB)
Punter: Ben George, Acadia (4th year—Moncton, N.B.)
Placekicker: Ben Hadley, STFX (3rd year—Halifax, N.S.)
Special teams player: Adryon Thompson, Mount Allison (4th year—Sackville, N.B.)