Eric Dzwilewski, a 2010 Centennial High graduate, didn't expect to play a big role for the University of Calgary this season, but an injury to the starter forced him into the spotlight and the freshman took full advantage.
Dzwilewski, 18, was a unanimous choice Friday for Canada West rookie of the year honors. League coaches were swayed by Dzwilewski's 4-1 record as a starter, and now he is a nominee for the Peter Gorman trophy, awarded to the top rookie of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
In five starts and change, Dzwilewski threw for 894 yards and six touchdowns, while adding another 446 yards on the ground. He was the Dinos’ second-leading rusher this season and finished seventh in Canada West rushing.
“You could argue that Eric Dzwilewski was the MVP of the Dinos in 2010," Calgary coach Blake Nill said. "To have an 18-year-old quarterback step in unexpectedly and win his first four starts speaks volumes of his on-field talent and mindset. Eric is a dual-threat athlete who can make big plays through the air or with his feet. The Dinos will be in good shape with Eric at the helm over the next four years.”