The Top 100 UBC Football Players: 5 - 2


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'. Over the the last four weeks GoThunderbirds.ca has brought you the greatest, toughest and most dynamic football players to ever step between the lines for UBC. On Friday, September 8 at 2:30pm the list will culminate with a very special story and in-depth interview with the player deemed "The Greatest Thunderbird Football Player". The interview was conducted by Howard Tsumura of Varsity Letters, a journalist who has spent the better part of the last three decades reporting on Thunderbird football. "The Greatest Thunderbird Football Player" will be published on VarsityLetters.ca. But before we get to the top of the list, here are numbers 5-2.

Here are numbers 5 - 2. Let the debate begin.

5) Dan Smith, (QB):

  • Led UBC in punting ('74)

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('76), Hardy Cup Finalist ('77)

  • Hardy Cup and Western Bowl Champion ('78)

  • UBC Sports HOF Inductee ('97)

  • Nestle Pre-Season All-Canadian ('76)

  • Frank Knupp Conference MOP Hec Crighton Nominee - Led Canada West in passing yardage and TD's ('77,'78)

  • Led Canada West in Passing ('75,'76,'77,'78)

  • Passed for 300-yards vs. Calgary, Nov. 5th, 1977 Hardy Cup Final

  • Holds school record for most TD passes in a game (5) vs. Alberta, Oct. 15th, 1977, and most TD passes in a career (71)

  • Set school records for most TD passes in a season (20), yards (2,296), 300-yard games (3), completions (165), attempts (309), longest TD pass (95), most yards in a career (8,135), attempts (1,086) completions (572) and most 300 yard passing games (7)

  • Canada West All-Star ('75,'77,'78)

  • Can-Am Bowl ('76,'77)

4) Billy Greene (QB):

  • Canada West Offensive Player of the Week – Sept. 26th, Oct. 31st, Nov. 7th 2011 and Oct. 22nd, 2012

  • Led UBC in total offence, passing, ('09,'10,'11,'12),

  • Led UBC in rushing yards ('10),

  • Led Canada West in passing ('11)

  • Frank Knupp Conference MOP and Hec Crighton MOP ('11)

  • Bus Phillips Memorial Award ('10,'11)

  • Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy ('13)

  • Canada West All-Star (11'), All-Canadian ('11)

  • Holds school records for most pass attempts (55), completions in a game (36), most passing attempts (1,215) and completions (666) in a career, most individual offensive plays in a career (1,394), yards (10,367), average individual yards per game (380.0)

  • Holds school records for most carries by a QB in a season (104), yards (668), carries in a career (280), yards (1,895) and tied record for most rushing TDs by a QB (12)

  • Set records for individual plays in a season (457), 400-Yard games in a career (3), most passing yards in a Season (3,328) and longest pass completion in a game 98-Yards vs. Manitoba, Oct. 20th 2012

3) Kevin Konar (LB):

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('76)

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('77,'79)

  • Hardy Cup and Western Bowl Champion ('78)

  • BC Football HOF Inductee ('08)

  • UBC Sports HOF Inductee ('14)

  • Led Canada West in punting ('79)

  • Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy ('80)

  • Canada West All-Star ('77,'78,'79)

  • All-Canadian ('78,'79)

  • Can-Am Bowl ('77,'78)

  • 1st Rd pick 5th overall CFL ('80-'89 BC)

  • Holds school record for most punts in a game (16) vs. Simon Fraser, Oct. 18th 1979 and set record for most punting yards in a game with 517-yards vs. Alberta, Nov. 3rd 1979

2) Jordan Gagner (QB):

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('86)

  • Hardy Cup, Western Bowl Champion ('87)

  • UBC Sports HOF Inductee ('16)

  • Led Can-West in passing ('87,'88)

  • Led UBC in Passing ('85,'86,'87,'88)

  • Frank Knupp conference MOP and CIS Hec Crighton MOP (87')

  • Maury Van Vliet Trophy Mitchell Bowl MOP ('87)

  • Canada West All-Star ('86,'87)

  • All-Canadian ('87)

  • 7th Rd pick, 52nd overall CFL,

  • Holds school record for most yards passing in a career (10,187),

  • Set records for most offensive plays in a season (448), and a career (1,028), set records for most offensive yards in a season (3,438) and a career (10,286), average passing yards per game (264.4), completions in a career (632), and a Career (1,202), Attempts in a Season (418), and a Career (3,328), Attempts in a Game (52), and Yards in a Game (427)

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