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Sports Collaros, Stanback named as division finalists for CFL's outstanding player honour

20:55  25 november  2021
20:55  25 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

Collaros, Stanback named as division finalists for CFL's outstanding player honour

  Collaros, Stanback named as division finalists for CFL's outstanding player honour TORONTO — The significance isn't lost upon William Stanback. The Montreal Alouettes running back was named the East Division's nominee for the CFL's outstanding player award Thursday. Only two players at that position have won the honour since 1998. Trouble is, the West Division nominee is Zach Collaros, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' veteran quarterback. And since 1998, quarterbacks have claimed the award 15 times. "This is a passing league, this is an award usually given to the quarterbacks," Stanback told reporters during a videoconference Thursday. "It means a lot that a running back can make it this far and be a finalist. "Collaros is a great player.

TORONTO — Quarterback Zach Collaros of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and running back William Stanback of the Montreal Alouettes are the finalists for the CFL's outstanding player award.

  Collaros, Stanback named as division finalists for CFL's outstanding player honour © Provided by The Canadian Press

The CFL revealed the division finalists for its top individual honours Thursday. Voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada as well as the league's nine head coaches.

Collaros, 33, led Winnipeg to a CFL-best 11-3 record and top spot in the West Division. The six-foot-two, 222-pound quarterback completed 243-of-346 passes (70.2 per cent) for 3,185 yards with a league-high 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Alouettes' Stanback bulldozes his way to outstanding player nomination

  Alouettes' Stanback bulldozes his way to outstanding player nomination On an Alouettes team generally devoid of stars — and one that’s onto its third starting quarterback — one player has stood out. And it’s hard to fathom exactly where this club would be without the contributions of running-back William Stanback — the Als’ nominee as most outstanding player. “It’s pretty special that it’s Will, and it speaks to his impact on this team — the fact he stands out,” head coach Khari Jones said on Wednesday, when the CFL announced each team’s nominees for the league’s outstanding player awards. “Sometimes (tailback) isn’t necessarily a stand-out position,” Jones added. “But he’s that good and he stands out.

Collaros, in his 10th CFL season, also had a league-best efficiency rating of 111.0.

Stanback, 27, ran for a CFL-high 1,176 yards and three TDs in 12 games this season with Montreal. The six-foot, 233-pound running back recorded six 100-yard games, including a 203-yard performance in a 37-16 home win over Toronto on Oct. 22.

Stanback, in his third season with Montreal, averaged 6.1 yards per carry and added 16 receptions for 114 yards.

Collaros was one of four Bombers to be named a West Division finalist. The others were linebacker Adam Bighill (defensive player), Stanley Bryant (lineman) and Mike O'Shea (coach of the year).

Bryant was the CFL's top lineman in 2017-18 before finishing as the runner-up to Hamilton's Chris Van Zeyl in 2019.

The other West Division award finalists were linebackers Bo Lokombo (Canadian) and Jordan Williams (rookie) of the B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders kicker Rene Parades (special teams).

Top Alouettes receiver Lewis might miss East semifinal against Ticats

  Top Alouettes receiver Lewis might miss East semifinal against Ticats As the Alouettes practised Friday with the snow falling at Olympic Park, it was difficult not to gaze at the sideline, where Eugene Lewis — not participating in offensive drills — was conducting exercises with an athletic therapist. Lewis, the Als’ leading receiver this season, is recovering from a hip injury that has sidelined him from team workouts the last two days. His participation in Sunday’s East Division semifinal at Hamilton (1 p.m., TSN1, TSN4, RDS, TSN Radio 690, 98.5 FM) is far from certain. “We’re still holding out hope that he’ll be ready to play, but have plans if he’s not,” head coach Khari Jones said.

Linebacker Simoni Lawrence of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was the East Division's top defensive player for a second straight season. He was the runner-up to Winnipeg's Willie Jefferson for the league honour in 2019.

Teammate Brandon Revenberg was named the East Division's top lineman.

Defensive lineman David Menard of the Montreal Alouettes is the East Division's outstanding Canadian while DeVonte Dedmon of the Ottawa Redblacks claimed the special-teams honour.

The Toronto Argonauts also have two finalists. Offensive lineman Peter Nicastro was named the East Division's outstanding rookie while Ryan Dinwiddie claimed top coach honours.

The CFL's awards banquet will held Dec. 10 in Hamilton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2021.

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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.

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