The Saskatchewan Roughrider nominees for the CFL awards were announced today. This year’s nominees are: John Chick (Most Outstanding Player & Most Outstanding Defensive Player), Ricky Foley (Outstanding Canadian), Dominic Picard (Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Mark LeGree (Outstanding Rookie) and Tristan Jackson (Outstanding Special Teams Player).
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER/MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Player…Second nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Defensive Player…has started all 17 regular season games…leads league with 15 quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for loss…has also picked up a career high 43 defensive tackles, while adding 2 forced fumbles…was named Defensive Player of the Week three times this season…was named Defensive Player of the Month twice…last Roughrider to win CFL Most Outstanding Player was Kerry Joseph in 2007…Chick was the last Roughrider to win CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009.
MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN
Third career nomination as Most Outstanding Canadian and first as a Rider…was named CFL Most Outstanding Canadian in 2009…has started all 17 regular season games at defensive end…currently sits third in league with 12 quarterback sacks…has registered 53 defensive tackles, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one tackle for loss…named CFL Canadian Player of the Week once this season…named CFL Defensive Player of the Week twice this season…the last Rider to win CFL Outstanding Canadian was Andy Fantuz in 2010.
MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
Second nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman…third career nomination as he was named Toronto Argonauts Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011… has started in 16 regular season games at centre…last Roughrider to win this award was Brendon LaBatte in 2013.
MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE
Signed with the Riders as free agent in March, 2014…has played 13 regular season games…is tied for the team lead with four interceptions…has also added six special teams tackles, three defensive tackles, one knockdown and one fumble recovery…last Roughrider to win Outstanding Rookie was Weston Dressler in 2008.
MOST OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Special Teams Player…third career selection after being nominated with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 and 2009…has played in all 17 regular season games…leads the league with 954 yards on 46 kickoff returns…leads the league with 251 yards on eight missed field goal returns, including a 111 yard touchdown…has added 28 punt returns for 305 yards…leads the league in combined return yards with 1,510 …Corey Holmes won this award in 2002 and 2005.
The players were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.
In this first ballot, FRC representatives from each CFL city plus the respective head coach submitted votes for the six categories. Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL club who, through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards’ titles – Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie, and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.
The East and West Division winners for the 2014 CFL Awards will be announced on Thursday, November 13 at noon ET.The 2014 CFL Awards will be handed out on Thursday, November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, B.C.