'One of the best seasons ever' earns Marauders QB athlete of the year nomination
Interuniversity Sport's male athlete of the year award.
Quinlan, who led the Marauders football squad to its first-ever national championship
last November, is one of four athletes nominated for the Doug Mitchell trophy. The
award recognizes athletic accomplishments, outstanding sportsmanship and leadership.
The three other male nominees are Acadia hockey player Andrew Clark, McGill hockey
player Marc-Andre Dorion, and Trinity Western volleyball player Ben Ball.
"Kyle more than proved his abilities on the football field this year," said Jeff Giles,
McMaster's director of athletics and recreation. "All of this year's nominees are highly-
talented individuals, and Kyle is no exception. He should be proud of his
accomplishments and of this nomination."
The economics major threw for 11 touchdowns and passed for an average of 335 yards
through four playoff games last season. He was named MVP for his performance in the
Vanier Cup game.
"No athlete that I have watched over the years has developed more physically, mentally,
socially and emotionally in such a short period of time than Kyle Quinlan during the
2011 football season," said Stefan Ptaszek, Marauders head coach. "In my humble
opinion, it was one of the best seasons any player has had in the history of our football
Quinlan is eligible for the Canadian Football League draft, to be held on May 3.
The Doug Mitchell trophy is part of the BLG awards, founded by Calgary's Borden Ladner
Gervais law firm. It carries with it a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Canadian graduate