University of Regina Rams linebacker Nick Cross has been named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Week for his role in the team’s 36-20 season-opening victory over UBC on Friday night.
Cross led all players in tackles on Friday, finishing with six solo and three assisted in the win. One of those solo tackles was on his first career sack, which he recorded late in the third quarter after taking down UBC backup pivot Cole Meyer for a six-yard loss. Cross also recorded a pass breakup late in the game.
Cross was making his first career start in his first Canada West game, becoming the first Rams player to start a season opener directly out of high school since Jamir Walker came out of Sheldon-Williams nearly a decade ago. He and the rest of the Rams defence held UBC to just 318 yards of total offence during the game – the last time the Regina defence allowed fewer yards in a contest was back in the 2012 postseason, when they surrendered just 200 yards to Saskatchewan in a Canada West semifinal victory.
The Rams will be back in action this Friday with a big Week 2 road game at Calgary.