Strong performances in season-opener from MacDonald, Virtanen and Burnham
X-Men Football Offensive Player of the Week
X-Men wide receiver Greg McDonald was named the StFX Football Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 26, 2018. Greg, a 3rd year Business student (2nd year eligibility) from Halifax, N.S. led all receivers in the game Friday night in total receiving yards in StFX’s loss to SMU. Greg had 4 catches for 91 yards, averaging 22.8 yards/reception including a 29 yard reception in the 3rd quarter that set-up an X-Men touchdown. Greg also had one kick-off return in the game for nine yards.
X-Men Football Defensive Player of the Week
X-Men defensive back Cole Virtanen was named the StFX Football Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 26, 2018. Cole, a 2nd year Business student from Nanaimo, B.C. had two big defensive plays in the X-Men’s loss Friday night to SMU as he picked off two passes for interceptions. Cole also had a pair of solo tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, and he had one break-up in the game.
X-Men Football Special Teams Player of the Week
X-Men kicker/punter Kieran Burnham was named the StFX Football Special Teams Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 26, 2018. Kieran, a 4th year Arts student (3rd year eligibility) from Cambridge, Ont. booted 2 field goals and an after-point kick to record 7 of the X-Men’s points in a 20-13 loss to SMU Friday night. Kieran kicked field goals from 15 and 35 yards out. He also had 8 punts for 319 yards (39.9 avg) including 2 punts inside the 20, along with 3 kick-offs for 168 yards (56.0 avg).