Ajax defensive end named top lineman in Canadian university football

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Published December 3, 2021 at 10:28 am

Photo Brandon VandeCaveye/Western Mustangs

Western Mustangs defensive end Deionte Knight, who hails from Ajax, was recognized last night with the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top lineman in Canadian university football.

The 22-year-old Knight, who struggled with injuries in 2018 and ’19 before the 2020 season was lost to COVID-19, rebounded to become a linchpin for Western this season. The six-foot-four, 275 pound defensive end led Canadian university football with 7½ quarterback sacks, while helping Western allow the second-fewest yards per game of any team in the nation.

Knight, along with fellow Ajacian Rasheed Tucker, a star running back with the Queen’s Gaels, was also named an All-Canadian.

Knight helped Western post the first shutout in the Yates Cup in 50 years when the Mustangs defeated Queen’s 29-0 on Nov. 20.

Western faces the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Vanier Cup on Saturday (Dec. 4, 1 p.m., CBC, CBC Gem, cbcsports.ca).

Waterloo Warrior QB Tre Ford, a Niagara Falls native, won the Hec Creighton Trophy as the nation’s best player. Ford broke new ground to become the first Black quarterback to win the award.

With files from Nathan Sagar

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