Jonathan Sénécal named Canadian player of the year
November 24, 2023
After winning the Jeff Russell Trophy in recognition of the RSEQ's most outstanding player of the year, Montréal Carabins quarterback Jonathan Sénécal made history by becoming its first player to receive the Hec Crighton Trophy, which is presented annually to Canadian university football's most outstanding player.
The Bachelor of Business Administration student from HEC Montréal received the highest award of the evening yesterday, during the annual individual honours’ ceremony organized by U SPORTS.
“This is an honour that I absolutely want to share with all my teammates,” declared the number 12. “While it’s true that I had a good season, none of this would have been possible without them. Everyone upped their game, and this was reflected in our results. I am very happy to win this award, but I’ll only be able to appreciate it 100% when our work is completely finished.”
Highlights of Jonathan Sénécal's historic season
- The 24-year-old finished at the top of all statistical categories at his position in the Quebec conference.
- Sénécal concluded the regular season with 15 touchdown passes, a high in the RSEQ and a new Carabins team record. He accumulated 2,215 passing yards, the second-best total in the history of the Blues. Sénécal completed nearly 70% of his passes, and only threw four interceptions, the lowest total among RSEQ starting quarterbacks this season.
- The former 2018 Cégep Division I MVP also had 394 rushing yards, the fourth-highest total among all RSEQ rushers, a high among QBs in 2023, and a new Carabins team record. The attacking QB added six majors on the ground, and none of them came on a quarterback sneak.
- For the second time in three seasons, the former Collège André-Grasset Phénix led his team to a record of seven wins and one loss to finish first in the conference.
- Sénécal has maintained his momentum since the start of the playoffs. In three games, he had 628 air yards, 154 rushing yards and five majors.
The path to glory has just begun for the Business Administration student at HEC Montréal. The Carabins will take part in the Vanier Cup finals tomorrow for a chance to win the ultimate title in Canadian university football.