Every weekday until UBC football's home opener on September 9th, GoThunderbirds.ca will release five former T-Birds on the list of 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'. Follow along on the UBC football page of GoThunderbirds.ca. Support the 2017 version of the UBC Thunderbirds football program by purchasing your season tickets today at GoThunderbirds.ca/tickets.
Who is the greatest Thunderbird to ever play football for UBC? A lofty question and one that is hard to quantify. Comparing football players through generations is challenging. The game of football has seen countless changes in rules and equipment, since the first team of what were then called Canadian rugby-football players formed at Point Grey in 1923.
These obstacles did not deter UBC defensive coordinator Pat Tracey, however. Tracey, a self-confessed football stats and history 'geek', wanted to compile an easy to digest ranking list for fans and alumni alike. He went to work devising a ranking system to create a final compilation: 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'.
Here are numbers 75-71. Let the debate begin.
75) KC Steele (LB):
Hardy Cup Finalist ('81,'83)
Vanier Cup Champion ('82)
Led UBC in QB-Sacks ('83)
Canada West All-Star ('82,'83,'84)
74) Blake Smelser (QB):
Led Canada West in Passing Attempts in a Game (51) vs. Regina, Sept. 27th ('03)
Led UBC in Passing ('02,'03,'04,'05,'06)
Led UBC in Total Offensive Yards ('02,'03,'04,'05,'06)
73) Tom Dixon (K/P):
Hardy Cup Finalist ('83)
Led Canada West in Punting ('83,'84)
Led Canada West in Scoring ('83,'84)
Led Canada West in Kickoff's ('84)
Canada West All-Star ('83)
CFL ('85-'88 EDM, OTT)
Holds School Records for Highest Kickoff Average in a Game (78.4), Longest Kickoff in a Season (90), Highest Punting Average in a Career (43.5), Highest Rookie Punting Average (44.6)
Set Records for Highest Punting average in a Game (51.9) and Most Punting Yards in a Game (554)
72) Brad Yamaoka (RB/P/KR):
Hardy Cup Finalist ('90,'92)
Led UBC in in Rushing ('91,'92,'93), including a Career High 201-yards vs. Manitoba, Sept. 28th, 1991.
Led UBC in Rushing Touch Downs ('91,'92),
Led Canada West in Rushing TD's and Points Scored in a Game (24 vs. Manitoba, Oct. 16th, 1993)
Canada West All-Star ('92)
CFL ('97-'03 BC, WPG)
Holds School Records for Most Carries in a Season (222) and Most Carries in a Career (758)
71) Sandy Beveridge (DB):
Can-West in Interception ('00,'02)
Led Can-West in Punt Returns ('02)
Led UBC in Kickoff Returns ('00)
Canada West All-Star ('02)
CFL ('03-'10 HAM)
Holds School Record for Longest Interception Return (106 yards vs. Saskatchewan, Sept. 30th, 2000)