Stavros Katsantonis’ flare for the big play has landed the UBC defensive back national attention.
The rookie Thunderbird defender was named the CIS Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday, following a trio of big plays that helped guide UBC to a 54-10 win over the Alberta Golden Bears on the weekend.
Katsantonis had a breakout performance against the Bears, recording a pair of interceptions, along with his first CIS touchdown when ran back an Alberta fumble 61 yards to the endzone.
Katsantonis’ key plays helped spark the T-Birds to their convincing victory over Alberta and in the process clinched UBC’s place in the Hardy Cup Playoffs.
The 5’11 rookie got things started in the first quarter with an interception of Alberta quarterback Ben Kopczynski, which led directly to Brandon Deschamps’ 1-yard touchdown run, and a 10-0 UBC lead.
Katsantonis added to the lead moments later, as UBC’s Adam Senuik forced Alberta running back Ed Ilnicki to fumble, with Katsantonis scooping up the loose ball and running untouched for a 61-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Those two plays by themselves might have been enough to garner Katsantonis CIS attention, but he wasn’t done there. His second interception of the day came in the third quarter and capped his big play day, which also featured 5.5 tackles.
A native of Bakersfield, California, the athletic Katsantonis is part of Thunderbirds head coach Blake Nill’s reload at UBC and a product of Liberty High School, where he also played basketball.
UBC returns to the gridiron this weekend, as Katsantonis and company step into the spotlight for Krown Produce Canada West Football on Shaw Friday night in Saskatoon against the Saskatchewan Huskies (7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access).
(Image: 2015 Canada West Universities Athletic Association)