2006 AUFC Major Award Winners Announced

AUFC-MVP2K6-Ivan BirungiNovember 9, 2006 (HALIFAX, NS) - Atlantic University Sport is pleased to announce the 2006 major award winners as selected by the conference's head coaches.

For the second consecutive season, wide receiver Ivan Birungi of the Acadia Axemen is the Atlantic University Sport Most Valuable Player. In his fourth year with the Axemen, Birungi, a 2006 fourth round CFL draft pick (32nd overall) of the Montreal Alouettes, has now established himself as one of the conference's all-time top play-makers. Ivan once again led the Atlantic conference in receptions (47), receiving yards (759) and receiving touchdowns (7). The 2006 season saw Birungi continue to make his mark in the Acadia, Atlantic conference and CIS record books. His four-year career total of 29 TD receptions broke the Atlantic conference record of 25, held by former Saint Mary's receiver Matt Nealon and is the second highest total in the history of CIS football. Ivan's 47 catches this season were one short of the conference single season record of 48, shared by current Acadia coach Grant Davy and former X-Men receiver Jermayne Baldwin. Birungi, an all-Canadian in both 2005 (1st team) and 2004 (2nd team), is the first player to win back-to-back league MVP awards since Acadia's Larry Jusdanis was selected in 1994 and 1995. Mount Allison's Eric Lapointe is the most recent Atlantic conference player to take home the Hec Crighton Trophy as the outstanding player in CIS. Lapointe won the award both in 1998 and 1996.



Ivan Birungi of Acadia University selected by Montreal Alouttes in Fourth Round of CFL Draft April 20,2006.   

Birungi, Cowan, Armstrong and Knights represented AUS (Atlantic University Sport ) in CFL draft 2006. Acadia Axemen's Ivan Birungi was selected by the Montreal Alouettes as the seventh choice of the fourth round in CFL draft 2006. Birungi, a third year receiver with Acadia, was named the Atlantic University Sport's Most Valuable Football Player this past season. Montreal's fourth pick out of seven, Birungi was one of three receivers selected by the Alouettes. Completing only his third season with the Axemen, Ivan has achieved what some might achieve in a four or five year university football career. From Pickering, ON and in his third year as a Bachelor of Arts student, Ivan shattered the Acadia Axemen All-Time receiving yardage record once held by former Axeman Bob Stracina. Birungi added 10 touchdowns and 792 yards receiving to his “to-date” career record of 1379 yards and 22 touchdowns in 19 games. Ivan is currently tied for fourth place in Atlantic University Sport career touchdowns, only three away from tying the current record of 25 touchdowns. Leading the conference in touchdowns and yardage, Ivan also led the conference in yards per game of 99 and average reception per game of 4.75. Ivan was honoured as a Conference All-Star and named the Atlantic University Sport Football’s Most Valuable Player of the Conference. He was also named as a CIS First Team All-Canadian. Saint Mary's Chris Cowan (3rd round), Andre Knights (6th round) and St. F.X.'s Derek Armstrong (5th round) were other AUS football players selected in today's CFL draft.



AUFC Major Award Winners Announced

Birungi, Faoro, Richardson and Cummins honoured with Major Awards
Thursday, November 10, 2005 - Atlantic University Sport Office

November 10, 2005 (HALIFAX, NS) Atlantic University Sport is pleased to announce the 2005 major award winners as selected by the conference's head coaches.

The 2005 Atlantic University Sport Most Valuable Player is Acadia wide receiver Ivan Birungi. In just his third year with the Axemen, Birungi has established himself as one of the conference's top play-makers. Ivan led the conference in receptions (38), receiving yards (792), yards per reception (20.8) and touchdowns (10). He found the endzone in seven of eight games this season, and his 10 TD receptions were second in the nation to Andy Fantuz's 12 with the Western Mustangs. Birungi continues to make his mark in the Acadia and Atlantic conference record books. The 2005 season saw him break the school record for career TD receptions of 16 held by former Hec Crighton winner Bob Stracina who played five seasons, from 1975 to 1979. His career total currently sits at 22, ranking him 4th all-time in the conference, just three behind record holder Matt Nealon of Saint Mary's. His 792 receiving yards in 2005 is also the 4th highest single season total in conference history. Jerome Pathon set the Acadia mark in 1993 with 863 yards, while StFX's Kevin Aver hold the conference record of 954 receiving yards, set in 1980. Blaine Scatcherd was the last Axemen to be named league MVP in 1999 and Acadia's Aubrey Cummings is the last receiver to win the award. Mount Allison's Eric Lapointe is the most recent Atlantic conference player to take home the Hec Crighton Trophy as the outstanding player in CIS. Lapointe won the award both in 1998 and 1996.


The Canadian Interuniversity Sport released the Football Top Ten that included the Acadia Axemen following their 25-24 win over the Saint Mary's Huskies. The Top Ten, voted on by the country's media and various CIS football head coaches, included the Axemen at #9 while the Huskies dropped from #8 to #10. Sneaking into the final top ten of the season are the No. 9 Acadia University Axemen (5-3), who upset No. 10 Saint Mary's (5-3), 25-24 on their own field Friday night. The Axemen had last won at Huskies Stadium on Oct. 4, 1997.

Tue Oct 19,11:04 AM ET
OTTAWA (CP) - McMaster Marauders running back Jesse Lumsden was named Canadian university football's player of the week Tuesday for the fourth time this season. Also considered for the award were running backs Ivan Birungi of Acadia and Jeronimo Huerta-Flores of Laval as well as U.B.C. quarterback Blake Smelser.

In 2004 Ivan Birungi lead team Acadia to a homecoming win against St. F.X. with his 3 touch downs.  In the game against Université de Sherbrooke his 2 touchdown set the new Acadia record for the season to 10.  In the winning game against St Mary University, 1 touchdown brought him to 1 short of the record for AUFC set in 1990.
Ivan Birungi set and now holds the new Acadia Axemen record at 11 touchdowns for a season.

Birungi, McCart named AUFC Players of the Week Ending October 17th, 2004

ACA-Ivan BirungiOffensive Player of the Week
Ivan Birungi, Acadia Receiver

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Receiver Ivan Birungi of the Acadia Axemen is the Atlantic University Sport Offensive Player of the Week ending October 17th, 2004. In Acadia’s 44-23 homecoming win over the StFX X-men this past weekend, Birungi was impressive when it counted as he hauled in three touchdown passes. Birungi, a second year receiver from Pickering, ON, finished the day with 5 receptions for 65 yards. Along with the 18 points he put on the scoreboard, Ivan also had an interception after being inserted as a defensive back during a prevent defense late in the first half. Birungi currently leads the AUFC in scoring with 48 points, touchdowns (8), receptions (30) and is second in receiving yardage with 403 yards through six games.



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Left home Ottawa Sunday 26.09.2k4 for London England. This is the first time Ida is venturing out of the nest.

Honours grad Carleton U, Ottawa

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Since 1996 Joseph Birungi has been a Federal Returning Officer by appointment of the Governor General in Council.  He is the RO for the Electoral District of Pickering - Scarborough East:-> 1 of 308 Electoral Districts in Canada.



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