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November 23, 2017 | Football

Four all-Canadians for Stingers football team

The Concordia Stingers earned four spots on the 2017 all-Canadian teams announced Thursday evening at the U SPORTS football awards gala held at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Continuing the Stingers’ long-standing tradition of developing exceptional linebackers, Mickael Côté was named to the U SPORTS second team. He was dominant in the Quebec conference this past season. With 40 solo tackles and 21 assists for 50.5 total tackles, he led the RSEQ with an average of 7.2 a game. Those numbers ranked the St. Hilaire, Que. native sixth in the U SPORTS totals.

Also named a second team all-Canadian was rookie cornerback Khadeem Pierre. The unanimous selection to the 2017 RSEQ all-star team played seven games picking up 17 solo tackles and four assists for 19 total tackles. He hauled in three interceptions which ranked him second in the RSEQ. He also batted one ball and forced a fumble.

Pierre, a native of Ottawa, was named the Quebec conference’s outstanding rookie on defence.

On offence, third-year running back Jean-Guy Rimpel and third-year offensive tackle Maurice Simba were named to the second team.

A unanimous Quebec conference all-star, Rimpel carried the ball 130 times for 708 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. The Montreal native broke the school record for rushing yards. With 708 yards he bettered the previous record of 694 yards set in 2006 by Andrew Hamilton.

Simba, who checks in at six-foot-eight and 325 pounds, demonstrated exceptional work ethic and leadership with the Stingers. Despite having only a few years of football experience, the Laval, Que. resident has been outstanding at the university level and has attracted the attention of many CFL scouts. His draft year is 2019.

The Laval Rouge et Or earned the most all-Canadian selections with six. They were followed by: the UBC Thunderbirds (5), Montréal Carabins (5), Concordia Stingers (4) Western Mustangs (4), Alberta Golden Bears (4) and Calgary Dinos (4).