Kevin Mital, the nation’s high school soccer participant

The 23-year-old Montrealer was favored over the University of Western Ontario Mustangs running back Keon Edwards, Saskatchewan Huskies quarterback Mason Nyhus and the X-Men running back Malcolm Bussey, St. Francis Xavier University.

Kevin Mital is the first Rouge et Or player to receive the honor since quarterback Benoit Groulx in 2008. Since Groulx, no other Quebec Student Sports Network (RSEQ) player has received the coveted trophy. It’s also the first time the Hec Crighton has received a wide receiver since Ontarian Andy Fantuz in 2005.

Mital, who Glen Constantin has touted as the best receiver in Rouge et Or history, had a stellar season.

A fan takes a selfie with Kevin Mital on the pitch.

Rouge et Or fans have been enthralled by the rhythm of Kevin Mital’s exploits this season.

Photo: Mathieu Belanger / Rouge et Or

His 12 touchdowns from the air set a new team record and tied the RSEQ in the regular season.

The No. 8 didn’t let up during the playoffs, with five other majors including three against the Carabins in the Quebec final.

He now has a chance to get his hands on the coveted item and the only one that will fully satisfy him is a Vanier Cup ring.

Farinaccio and Latendresse-Régimbald rewarded

Mital wasn’t the only Quebec player to be honored during Thursday night’s Stars U Sports banquet, either. His former Phoenix d’André-Grasset teammate Nicky Farinaccio was named the nation’s Defensive Player of the Year, while McGill quarterback Eloa Latendresse-Régimbald was named Rookie of the Year.

Éloa Latendresse-Régimbald from the Cheetahs catches the ball.

After leading the Vanier Cheetahs to capture the 2021 Bol d’Or, Latendresse-Régimbald quickly established herself in the university ranks.

Photo: Courtesy: Benvirtuel Photography

In his second season as Université de Montréal Carabins, Farinaccio had 10.5 quarterback sacks and forced three fumble fly balls, two Canada highs.

As for Latendresse-Régimbald, he turned out to be a real one-man band at the helm of the redbirds. Able to make opponents pay as much with his legs as he did with his arm, the 20-year-old quarterback led the game RSEQ for rushing yards (75.3 yards per game) while completing eight touchdown passes.

Elsewhere in the country, St. Francis Xavier University’s X-Men head coach Gary Waterman took home Coach of the Year, while Columbia University took home Lineman of the Year, beating Theo Benedet Columbia.

Seven red and gold in star teams

Eventually, seven Rouge et Or players were selected from the two Canadian star teams.

Quarterback Arnaud Desjardins, receiver Kevin Mital, tackle Nathaniel Dumoulin-Duguay and guard Nicolas Guay have earned a spot on the first team, as have tackle Jean-William Rouleau and defensive back Christophe Beaulieu.

Linebacker Alec Poirier was named to the second team.

In collaboration with Guillaume Piedboeuf

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