Third-year linebacker Danny Nesbitt was named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his role in the University of Regina Rams’ 37-29 win over Saskatchewan in the first game at the new Mosaic Stadium.
Nesbitt became the first Rams player in nearly four years to record multiple interceptions in a game, picking off Saskatchewan quarterback Kyle Siemens in the first quarter and again late in the fourth to help put away the team’s fourth victory of the season. Nesbitt was also credited with a pass breakup, a solo tackle, and three assisted tackles in the win.
“Danny has all the intangibles you want in a football player. You can’t quantify things like desire or heart, but you can certainly enjoy watching them and Danny exhibits those week in and week out for us,” Rams head coach Steve Bryce said. “He’s been very consistent for us all season long, and the timeliness of his two interceptions on Saturday were a huge part of our win.”
Both of Nesbitt’s interceptions came off tipped balls. On Saskatchewan’s second drive of the game, Siemens hit his receiver but the ball deflected straight to Nesbitt. He proceeded to rumble 31 yards downfield, setting up a Ryan Schienbein touchdown that would go down as the first points ever scored at the new stadium.
The second interception came with the Rams leading by eight and under two minutes to go. Tight coverage by Regina cornerback Korey Greene helped turn what looked like a completed pass into another deflection, and Nesbitt’s diving effort gave the Rams the ball deep in Saskatchewan territory.