Montreal Carabins QB Jonathan Sénécal named U Sports male athlete of the year

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Université de Montréal quarterback Jonathan Sénécal has been named the U Sports male athlete of the year.

The six-foot, 200-pound passer won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2023 as the top football player in U Sports after he led the Quebec conference in passing and set a new school single-season record for passing touchdowns. He completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,215 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions and ran the ball 34 times for 394 yards with six touchdowns.

The native of Montreal helped lead the Carabins to a Vanier Cup title last season, knocking off the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds by a score of 16-9. He was named the game’s MVP and drew praise for his performance throughout the playoffs, drawing comparisons to Edmonton Elks’ quarterback Tre Ford due to his dual-threat ability.

Sénécal took part in training camp with the Montreal Alouettes this year as part of the CFL’s quarterback internship program and will be eligible for next year’s draft. Danny Maciocia, Montreal’s general manager and the Carabins’ former head coach, believes he could follow the same path as Ford to becoming a CFL signal-caller.

The Lois and Doug Mitchell U Sports Athlete of the Year Awards are named after late CFL commissioner Doug Mitchell and his wife Lois, the former lieutenant governor of Alberta. Audrey Leduc (pictured), a sprinter from Université Laval, was named the U Sports female athlete of the year.