It had been a long time coming for Concordia University’s football program. It had also been a long time coming for defensive lineman Troy Cunningham and linebacker Mickey Donovan, both having just completed their final seasons wearing the Concordia Maroon and Gold. But after last Thursday’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport gala in Hamilton, the wait is over and the university’s athletes are once again considered among the best in the nation.
Cunningham was the recipient of the J.P. Metras trophy, which is given to the country’s outstanding lineman, while Donovan was awarded with the Presidents’ trophy as the country’s outstanding defensive player.
The last time a Concordia football player won a major CIS award prior to this year was in 1993, when Paul Chesser took home the J.P. Metras Trophy. It was the second straight year that Donovan was nominated for the President’s Trophy. “It’s a great honour to be the first person in the history of Concordia to win this award,” Donovan said. “With both of us (Cunningham) actually being there, it says a lot about our program and our coaches.”
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