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Four Gee-Gees named to OUA All-Star teams

Thursday November 12, 2015
Cole Beacock, Ian Stewart, Derezk Wendel and Cody Cranston
Richard A. Whittaker

Ontario University Athletics announced its all-rookie team and its First and Second All-Star teams this week, and four members of the Garnet and Grey were included. Fifth-year receiver Ian Stewart led the way, named to the First All-Star team for the first time in his career. Quarterback Derek Wendel was named to the Second All-Star team, while offensive lineman Cole Beacock and defensive back Cody Cranston cracked the all-rookie roster.

Stewart established a new Gee-Gees record for receiving yards in a season and became the first to reach the 1000 yard plateau. His 175 yards in the final game of his uOttawa career totalled 1091 for the season, nearly double his previous high in 2014. The Burlington, Ont., native cashed in nine touchdowns for Ottawa this season and caught 57 receptions to give him 151 receptions in his career, good for second on the all-time Gee-Gees career list. Stewart had three games with over 150 yards receiving this season and five of over 100 yards.

Wendel was named to the Second All-Star team after he set multiple records with his 216-for-346, 3136 yard, 24 touchdown season. He became the first uOttawa quarterback to throw over 500 yards in one game twice in one season and owns the OUA records for most yards in a game thanks to his 564 yard performance against Toronto and most yards in a season. The Belleville, Ont., product also stands atop the Gee-Gees record books for touchdowns in a season and holds the CIS record for completions in a season. This marks the first all-star nod for Wendel in his four seasons with uOttawa.

Cole Beacock was a consistent force at right tackle, earning a starting spot and impressing the coaching staff with his footwork and athleticism. The 6-foot-3, 310 pound rookie from Sault Ste. Marie is studying in biomedical mechanical engineering.

Cody Cranston started every game for Ottawa, moving between corner and boundary half as needed. Hailing from Winnipeg, Cranston totalled 28.5 tackles and two forced fumbles. He also served as a returner, picking up 130 punt return yards and 85 yards on kickoffs. Cranston and Beacock were each integral to a young set of players which gained significant field time this season and will headline the garnet and grey over the next several years.