Mid-season CFL player awards


Most Outstanding Rookie – HB Kevin Fogg, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Fogg has been dynamite for the Bombers on both defence and special teams this season. Providing consistently strong coverage at the tough weak-side halfback spot, Fogg has recorded 46 tackles (first among defensive backs), three interceptions (tied for second league-wide), and a sack in nine starts this season. The Liberty product has also been stellar in spot duty as a returner, averaging 17.2 yards per punt return (second in the league) with two touchdown returns that were called back due to penalty.

Honourable mentions: SB Ricky Collins Jr., Saskatchewan Roughriders; S Taylor Loffler, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; G Philippe Gagnon, Montreal Alouettes; CB Jonathon Mincy, Montreal Alouettes

Spencer Wilson

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – G/T Spencer Wilson, Calgary Stampeders

This 2015 CFL all-star has continued his excellent play this season, starting at both right guard and right tackle for an offensive line that is allowing just 1.1 sacks per game. Wilson’s versatility provides the Stamps with ratio flexibility — Dan Federkeil, the Stamps’ starting Canadian right tackle, has missed an average of 6.5 games per season due to injury since 2013 — without a drop-off in play. Calgary has rushed for 793 yards this season, second-best in the CFL.

Honourable mentions: T Jovan Olafioye, B.C. Lions; C Pierre Lavertu, Calgary Stampeders; T Tony Washington, Edmonton Eskimos; G Ryan Bomben, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

B.C. Lions' Chris Rainey is upended by Calgary Stampeders' Brandon Smith, back, after making a reception during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday June 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Most Outstanding Special Teams Player – RB Chris Rainey, B.C. Lions

Even in a season that has featured a number of kickers operating at exceptionally high levels, Rainey still deserves the nod for this award. Rainey’s 17.8-yard punt return average, should be able to maintain it, would break a CFL record. It also doesn’t hurt that the second-year Lion has two touchdown returns for touchdowns this season, tied for most in the league.

Honourable mentions: KR Brandon Banks, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; K Sean Whyte, Edmonton Eskimos; K/P Justin Medlock, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; K/P Brett Maher, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Most Outstanding Defensive Player – DE Charleston Hughes, Calgary Stampeders

Age hasn’t slown down this nine-year Stampeder, who, at 32, has re-established himself as the CFL’s premier pass rusher. With seven sacks and two forced fumbles on the season, Hughes is producing at an elite clip despite consistently receiving extra attention from opposing teams.

Honourable mentions: LB Adam Bighill, B.C. Lions; LB Maurice Leggett, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; DT Almondo Sewell, Edmonton Eskimos; DE Alex Bazzie, B.C. Lions; DE John Chick, Hamilton Tiger-Cats


Most Outstanding Canadian – RB Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

This award could easily go to Hamilton’s Ted Laurent, but offensive players tend to win-out at award time. Harris is on pace for a career-high 1,150 rushing yards this season — an impressive feat given the fact that rushing is down league-wide this year — and has recorded 351 receiving yards, first among running backs and seventh among Canadians.

Honourable mentions: DT Ted Laurent, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; WR Shawn Gore, B.C. Lions; RB Jerome Messam, Calgary Stampeders; SB Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa Redblacks

Bo Levi Mitchell

Most Outstanding Player – QB Bo Levi Mitchell, Calgary Stampeders

Quarterbacks and receivers will dominate this year’s M.O.P. conversation given the pass-happy nature of the league this season. Mitchell gets the nod for his ability to consistently put his team in a position to win with 2,857 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and an ultra-low interception percentage of 1.3. With convincing wins over the Lions and Tiger-Cats over the past two weeks, Mitchell has the Stampeders running away with ultra-competitive West Division by the mid-season mark.

Honourable mentions: QB Mike Reilly, Edmonton Eskimos; QB Trevor Harris, Ottawa Redblacks; WR Chris Williams, Ottawa Redblacks; SB Adarius Bowman, Edmonton Eskimos

John Hodge

John Hodge

John Hodge is a lifelong follower of the CFL who has been writing about the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist of the Jon Gott lookalike contest.
John Hodge
John Hodge
About John Hodge (384 Articles)
John Hodge is a lifelong follower of the CFL who has been writing about the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist of the Jon Gott lookalike contest.

12 Comments on Mid-season CFL player awards

  1. Chopper11 // August 30, 2016 at 9:34 am //

    I don’t argue that right now Levi Mitchell is playing like an MVP, but I’m not sure a six or seven point win is convincing…

    • AFAICT, the biggest lead was 17 points over the Cats, which in the CFL is not much.

      To me, convincing is more like the 37 – 9 win against the Lions.

      Add in the this is Collaros’ third game for 2016 plus the dropped INT by the Hamilton defender.

      • If you’re going to add in those things, then you’d better add in the pick six from Calgary’s own end zone that was wiped out due to a chintzy call…and while it’s possible to come back from 17 points down, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a big lead, especially as time starts running out! That’s a 3-possession game…

  2. Sorry Mr. Hodge, but you are way off base here on MOP. Mike “The Warrior” Reilly is the better QB right now with 3096 yards passing, 16 TD passes, 70.1% completion percentage. Aside from cherry picking stats, Reilly has one thing BLM will never have toughness and the heart of a warrior! I mean did you see the game winning TD on Friday https://twitter.com/d_pop13/status/770612460663431169

  3. FrostyWinnipeg // August 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm //

    MVP should be WBB Nichols. He may just saved the franchise.

    • Paul Bomber // August 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm //

      I love the enthusiasm, but in my humble opinion, Nichols is getting way too much credit for the BB turn-around. I think Willy would still be starting if the O’Line was playing as well when he was starting as they are now. Plus the special teams have stepped up (best in the league?) and the D has shown growth too. I suspect if Willy came back (and his confidence isn’t already destroyed), I’m betting the BB would be as good or maybe even better than they are w/Nichols. BUT, as a BB fan, what an awesome debate to get to have.

      • Nichols seems more accurate on the deep throws that Willy was.

        Sure … the D has stepped up but for whatever reason, Nichols is getting it done.

  4. Paul Bomber // August 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm //

    A day after whining about the BB not getting enough attention from 3DownNation, here they go giving all kinds of love in the player awards with Rookie and Canadian awards. Perhaps we’re finally feeling better after the Joe Mack hangover – Rookies and Canadians being two things Joe Mack didn’t understand.

  5. Steve OBrien // August 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm //

    How about Coach of the year (up to the 1/2 way point) … Wally Buono.
    B.C. looks like a winning team again … they believe in themselves

    • Billinburlington // August 30, 2016 at 11:29 pm //

      I would agree with you Steve- Wally Buono has taken the Lions farther than many expected to this point in the season.

    • Paul Bomber // August 31, 2016 at 11:16 am //

      I might agree with you, key being “at this point”. If (giant “if”) O’Shea can go 6 & 3 down the stretch, after last year and the start this year, he’d be in the running. But as a BB fan with Labour day around the corner, I just can’t shake that feeling of impending doom.

  6. Juliana Honoroski // August 31, 2016 at 11:29 pm //

    You have the Stampeders players down pat. And, John, you sure do look a lot like Jon Gott who used to play for the Stamps.

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