This week’s University of Manitoba Bison athletes of the week are two rookies this season — football quarterback Jordan Yantz and women’s hockey goalie Amanda Schubert.
Schubert, from Garden City, started for the first time this season in the home opener games on Oct.18-19 against the Mount Royal Cougars. Schubert was a wall, only letting one goal in the whole weekend and collecting her first CIS shutout with a 20-save performance and first star selection.
With the help of Schubert, the Bisons trampled the Cougars 4-1 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. She said the conference is tight and it’s odd the scores were as high as they were.
"Our games have all been pretty close," said Schubert. "Every team is going to be hard, and every weekend is going to be hard, but we just played really well and we finally got some bounces."
As a rookie this year, Schubert wants the best for the team, but hopes to start some more games in the future.
"No matter how much I start or don’t I think it’s more of a team goal," said Schubert. "So obviously I’d like to play, but if it’s better for the team then I’ll do whatever role I play, and I’m fine with that."
Yantz came to U of M with a lot of hype from the Vancouver Island Raiders and he hasn’t disappointed. Not only was he named Bison of the week, the Regina native was also selected as Canada West offence football athlete of the week for week seven of the 2013 season.
On Oct. 18, Yantz threw 364 yards, ran 50, and had one interception and four touchdowns in the Bison’s win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. With that win the Bisons head to the playoffs and now have the chance to host a playoff game.
Yantz said though they had a strong start to the season, he felt the team started to get too comfortable and a little complacent.
"Then we had a couple of games within a couple of points against Saskatchewan, against UBC where we fell short," said Yantz. "Coming into this week it was a huge turnaround for us."
Yantz credits that turnaround to coach Brian Dobie.
"Coach Dobie put a lot of pressure on us as players to basically tell us to fight and overcome all the adversity that we had been facing and prove that we can win," said Yantz. "We certainly did that in Saskatoon and it was a whole new environment on the sidelines."
This is Yantz’s first season with the Bisons. He said he’s been able to adapt well to the changes from the junior league.
"I think it’s gone really well," said Yantz. "Coming in and learning a new system, and understanding the playbook, and adapting to new players, new coaches, new environment, and of course a whole new level of game."
As well as switching his Vancouver number to the "204" area code, the 23-year-old is still getting used to being a student again.
"I haven’t gone to school since high school because I played junior football, and I never experienced all that fun stuff, you know in junior I just went into the working world," said Yantz. "It’s been alright, as an older 23-year-old guy I’m trying to pick up things a little quicker, so it’s going alright."