Sports CFL's top three rushers nominated for Most Outstanding Player honour
Alouettes face litmus test against West Division-leading Bombers
To be the best, you have to beat the best. Right now in the CFL, that team appears to be the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers, who host the Alouettes Saturday night, have a 10-1 record, already clinched first place in the West Division, have yet to lose at home and are the defending Grey Cup champions from 2019. “They’re the team to beat,” linebacker Patrick Levels said Thursday. “But I’m going in with one thing on my mind — to win. I’m not going there to come close or to get a judgment on who we are. “They feel a certain way about themselves, and have the right to. That doesn’t mean I’m not showing up, we’re not showing up. We’re not going to praise them.
TORONTO — The CFL's top three rushers are up for this year's Most Outstanding Player award, as Montreal's William Stanback, Calgary's Ka'Deem Carey and Edmonton's James Wilder Jr. were nominated by their respective teams.
The CFL's nine clubs each submitted their nominations Wednesday for the league's year-end awards.
Stanback entered the final week of the CFL regular season leading the league with 1,131 rushing yards. Carey (869) and Wilder (770) were next on the list. Carey ranked second in the league with seven rushing touchdowns.
Three quarterbacks were nominated, with Saskatchewan's Cody Fajardo, Winnipeg's Zach Collaros and Toronto's McLeod Bethel-Thompson getting the nod.
Alouettes' Eugene Lewis has sights set on being CFL's leading receiver
Fresh off the first 1,000-yard season of his career in 2019, Eugene Lewis will probably duplicate that feat this year. But the Alouettes receiver has bigger goals in mind — leading the CFL. “As a competitor it’s a huge deal,” Lewis admitted. “Trying to be the best at your position should always be a goal for anybody at whatever position. At the same time, you can’t make it bigger than the main goal. If I do the things I need to, all that stuff will come.” Heading into Saturday afternoon’s rematch against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Molson Stadium (1 p.m., TSN1, RDS, TSN Radio-690, 98.5 FM), Lewis is the Als’ leading receiver.
B.C. receiver Lucky Whitehead, Hamilton linebacker Simoni Lawrence and Ottawa receiver/returner DeVonte Dedmon round out the outstanding player nominees.
Lawrence is also Hamilton's nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player, while Dedmon is also Ottawa's pick for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. Other double nominees include Lions linebacker Bo Lokombo (defence, Most Outstanding Canadian) and Elks kicker Sean White (Canadian, special teams).
The finalists for the awards, which also include Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and Most Outstanding Rookie, will be announced on Nov. 25.
The awards will be presented Dec. 10, two days before the Grey Cup takes place at Hamilton's Tim Hortons Field.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2021.
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