Former KSS Owls star Taylor Loffler has been named Canada West football’s defensive player of the week.
Loffler, who plays at safety, was one of the heroes for the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, as his game-saving interception in the final minute preserved a 27-20 victory over the Regina Rams in front of 6,950 homecoming fans at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.
Loffler, who was one of UBC head coach Blake Nill’s biggest offseason recruits after transferring from Boise State, picked off Regina quarterback Taylor Vieira’s would-be touchdown pass with less than a minute left to preserve UBC’s lead after the Rams marched the ball to the Thunderbirds’ 18-yard line.
Along with his late game heroics, Loffler added 11 tackles for the T-Birds, running his season total to 21.5, which is good for fifth in the country and tops in Canada West after two weeks.
This Saturday, Loffler and the T’Birds will visit the Manitoba Bisons.
As a quarterback and safety at KSS, Loffler was B.C. high school football’s player of the year in 2010.