The Top 100 UBC Football Players: 10 - 6


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 10 - 6. Let the debate begin.

10) Akbal Singh (RB):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('96,'98,'99)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('97)

  • Led Canada West Rushing ('98,'99)

  • Led Canada West in scoring and TD's ('98)

  • Canada West record most yards rushing in a season (1,417)

  • Frank Knupp Conference MOP Hec Crighton Nominee ('98,'99)

  • Canada West All-Star ('98,'99)

  • All-Canadian ('98,'99)

  • 6th Rd, 42nd overall CFL ('99 SSK, BC)

  • Holds school records for most rushing yards in a season (1,787)

  • Led UBC with longest rushing TD (85-yards vs. Saskatchewan, Aug. 31st, 1996)

  • Led Canada West for Most Rushing Yards in a Game 272-yards vs. Manitoba, Oct. 23rd, 1998 and 305-yards vs. Alberta, Oct. 23rd, 1999

9) Lou DesLauriers (DB/KR/WR):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('81,'83)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('82)

  • UBC Sports HOF Inductee ('02)

  • BC Football HOF Inductee ('14)

  • Led Canada West in punt returns ('82)

  • Led UBC in punt returns ('81,'82,'83)

  • Led UBC in kickoff returns ('80,'82,'83)

  • Led UBC in interceptions ('83)

  • Canada West All-Star ('82,'83)

  • All-Canadian ('83)

  • 1st Rd. Territorial Pick, CFL ('84-'88 EDM, TOR)

  • Holds school records most punt return yards in a game (170), kickoff return yards in a game (215), and longest kickoff return in a game 107-yards vs. Calgary, Aug. 27th, 1982

  • Hold school records for most punt return yards in a season (719), set school records most punt return yards in a career (1,538), kickoff return yards in a career (1,143), kickoff return yards in a game (215), and longest kickoff return in a game 107-yards vs. Calgary, Aug. 27th, 1982, set school records for most punt returns in a season (49), kickoff return yards in a season (401), highest kickoff return average in a game (27.3), set school records for most punt returns in a season (49), kickoff return yards in a season (401), highest kickoff return average in a game (27.3)

8) Mark Norman (DB/PR):

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('86)

  • Canada West record most interception-TD's in a season (5)

  • Canada West record most interception return yards in a season (451)

  • Canada West record most INT's in a season (13)

  • Canada West record most interception-TD returns in a career (6)

  • Canada West record most interception return yards in a career (544)

  • Frank Knupp Canada West MOP Hec Crighton Nominee ('86)

  • Canada West Presidents Trophy & CIS Defensive MOP ('86)

  • Led Can-West in interceptions ('86)

  • Led UBC in scoring ('86)

  • Canada West All-Star ('85,'86)

  • All-Canadian ('85,'86)

  • 3rd Rd pick, 26th overall CFL ('87-'91 EDM)

  • Holds school records for most interception return yards in a game (152) including 90-yard TD return vs. Alberta, Oct. 11th, 1986

7) Mark Nohra (RB):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('96)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('97)

  • Led UBC in TD's ('94)

  • Led UBC in rushing ('93,'94)

  • Led Canada West in rushing and TD's ('97)

  • Canada West record most carries in a game (48)

  • Bruce Coulter Vanier Cup MOP ('97)

  • Frank Knupp MOP and Hec Crighton MOP ('97)

  • Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy ('98)

  • Canada West All-Star ('96,'97)

  • All-Canadian ('96,'97)

  • 4th Rd pick, 28th overall CFL ('98-'02 BC, EDM, OTT)

  • Signed with Buffalo-NFL

  • Holds school record for most rushing yards in a game with (351), carries (48) and all-purpose yards with (413) vs. Calgary, Oct. 25th, 1997

6) Mike Emery (LB/P):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('81)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('82)

  • Canada West & CIS Presidents Defensive MVP ('81,'82)

  • Bruce Coulter Vanier Cup Co-Defensive MVP ('82)

  • Led UBC in punting ('80,'81,'82)

  • Tied UBC in fumble returns ('81)

  • Canada West All-Star ('81,'82)

  • All-Canadian ('81,'82).

  • 1st Rd pick, 3rd overall, CFL ('83-'86 SASK TOR, MTL, CAL)

  • Set a school record for punting attempts in a season (95) in 1980

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