Merchant captured the Hec Crighton Trophy on Thursday night at the U Sports football awards.

Saskatchewan Huskies defensive back Nelson Lokombo received the Presidents' Trophy as the top defensive player.

McGill Redbirds defensive tackle Andrew Seinet-Spaulding earned the J.P. Metras Trophy as top lineman.

Concordia Stingers receiver Jeremy Murphy won the Peter Gorman Trophy as top rookie.

York Lions free safety Jacob Janke captured the Russ Jackson Award for excellence in football, academics and citizenship.

Regina Rams' Greg Nesbitt won the Gino Fracas Award as volunteer assistant coach of the year.