CFL Players of the Week - Week 10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:06

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #10

TORONTO – Jon Cornish, Ricky Foley and Troy Stoudermire were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 10 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Week & CFL Canadian Player of the Week

Jon Cornish
RB – Calgary Stampeders

Edmonton Eskimos 13 @ Calgary Stampeders 28

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10. Cornish rushed for a season-high 163 yards and added a touchdown in the Stampeders’ 28-13 win over the second place Eskimos. The former University of Kansas Jayhawk’s productive Labour Day performance also garnered him Canadian Player of the Week honours.

Cornish, playing in only his third game of the season, showed off the form that led to him winning the league’s 2013 Most Outstanding Player award. He carried the ball 17 times and averaged 9.6 yards per carry in the annual clash between the two provincial rivals.

Cornish also punched in a three-yard touchdown in the final quarter to give the Stampeders a two possession advantage.

In his three games this season, the native of New Westminster, B.C. has rushed for 304 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry, while running in a pair of touchdowns. He has added six receptions for 53 yards this season.

This is Cornish’s first Player of the Week honour this season.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Ricky Foley
DE – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders 35

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end Ricky Foley was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10. Foley notched a pair of sacks, added a tackle, and forced and recovered a fumble to spur the Riders to their sixth straight victory.

Foley not only powered his way to Drew Willy for the sack, but also stripped the ball from the Bombers’ quarterback, resulting in the Riders’ forcing a turnover early in the second half. The Courtice, Ontario native’s big defensive play set the stage for Anthony Allen’s touchdown seven plays later which extended the Riders’ lead to 21-7.

The product of York University is currently tied for fourth in the league in sacks with seven and is on pace to surpass his single-season career-high of 12 set in the 2009 campaign.

This is Foley’s second Defensive Player of the Week honour this season with his first coming in Week 1.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Troy Stoudermire
KR/PR – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders 35

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick and punt returner Troy Stoudermire was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 10. Stoudermire returned a Josh Bartel punt 64 yards untouched for a touchdown in the Blue Bombers’ 35-30 road loss to the Roughriders.

In the game, Stoudermire recorded 224 combined return yards.

The all-time kickoff return yards leader at the University of Minnesota returned four punts for 71 yards (averaging 17.8 yards) and seven kickoffs for 153 yards (averaging 21.9 yards) in the tilt.

The 5'10" 199 pound native of Dallas, Texas currently sits sixth the league in combined return yards with 659.

This is Stoudermire’s second season in the CFL and his first Player of the Week honour.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:29
 
CFL Player Discipline - Week #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:36

PLAYER DISCIPLINEWEEK #9

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined the following players:

BC Lions linebacker Adam Bighill for a dangerous and illegal hit in which he led with his helmet when tackling an opponent during last Sunday night's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Bighill was also penalized on the play.

Montreal Alouettes receiver Duron Carter, Lions defensive back Ryan Phillips and Roughriders receiver Rob Bagg for tweeting comments that were critical of CFL officiating.

Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Aston Whiteside for making avoidable physical contact with an on-field official during last Saturday's game against the Edmonton Eskimos.

As per league policy, the amounts of the fines were not disclosed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:59
 
ESKIMO HEAD COACH CHRIS JONES FINED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 22 August 2014 22:41

ESKIMO HEAD COACH CHRIS JONES FINED

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined Edmonton Eskimo head coach Chris Jones $5,000 for disregarding pre-game timing protocol during their last three road games. This led to their players entering the field of play late which disrupted pre-game timing and operations.

 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:03

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #9

TORONTO - Joe West, Dexter McCoil, Tim Brown and Eddie Steele were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 9 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


CFL Offensive Player of the Week

Joe West
WR - Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders 32 @ Ottawa REDBLACKS 7

Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Joe West was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9. West caught four passes for a season-high 129 yards in Calgary's road victory over Ottawa, 32-7.

West, a three-year CFL veteran and a product of the University of Texas at El Paso, caught two passes for over 50 yards in the game: a 58-yard grab in the third quarter and 51-yard catch in the fourth.

The native of Melbourne, Florida has 11 receptions on the year totaling 268 yards (24.4 yard per reception), good for third on the Stampeders roster.

This is West's first Player of the Week honour in his career.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Dexter McCoil
LB - Edmonton Eskimos

Toronto Argonauts 27 @ Edmonton Eskimos 41

Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Dexter McCoil was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9. McCoil scored a pair of touchdowns, intercepted two passes and added five tackles in the Edmonton's 41-27 win over the visiting Argonauts.

Teammate Odell Willis intercepted a pass, then lateraled the ball to McCoil who returned it the rest of the way for his first career touchdown.

On his second touchdown, the University of Tulsa product intercepted his second pass of the contest and returned it 19 yards late in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Eskimos.

The 6'4" 222 pound Metairie, Louisiana native is currently second in the league with four interceptions and second on the Eskimos with 25 tackles on the season.

This is McCoil's first season in the CFL and this is his first career Player of the Week honour.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Tim Brown
KR/PR - BC Lions

Saskatchewan Roughriders 20 @ BC Lions 16

BC Lions kick and punt returner Tim Brown was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 9. Brown, who earned the same honour in Week 8, collected 277 combined return yards, including a punt return for a touchdown in the Lions' 20-16 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In the first quarter, Brown returned a Josh Bartel punt for a career-long 75 yards to notch his first return touchdown of the season.

The former Temple Owl returned seven punts for 138 yards (averaging 19.7 yards) and four kickoffs for 139 yards (averaging 34.8 yards).

The 5'8" 190 pound native of Stockton, California leads the league in punt return yards with 353.

This is the fifth time in Brown's career that he has been named Special Teams Player of the Week.


CFL Canadian Player of the Week

Eddie Steele
DT - Edmonton Eskimos

Toronto Argonauts 27 @ Edmonton Eskimos 41

Edmonton Eskimos defensive tackle Eddie Steele was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 9. Steele recorded a sack, a pass knockdown, a special teams tackle and six total tackles in the Eskimos' 41-27 home win over Toronto.

Steele, a product of the University of Manitoba, is having a career-year in his fourth season in the CFL. Through Edmonton's first eight games, Steele has already tied his career-best in sacks with three and has recorded 23 tackles. He sits five shy of his career-high set during the 2011 campaign.

At his current pace, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native will not only shatter his single season-high of 28 tackles, but he will also eclipse the 47 he collected in his first three years combined.

This is Steele's first Canadian Player of the Week award in his career.

 
COHON INFORMS CFL BOARD OF GOVERNORS HE WILL NOT SEEK A THIRD TERM AS COMMISSIONER OF THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 19:14

COHON INFORMS CFL BOARD OF GOVERNORS HE WILL NOT SEEK A THIRD TERM AS COMMISSIONER OF THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

"Mark has vastly improved the league's business model." -- CFL Board Chairman Jim Lawson

-- Media Conference Call with Mark Cohon and Jim Lawson at 4:00pm ET--

TORONTO -
Mark Cohon, one of the longest serving and accomplished Commissioners in the history of the Canadian Football League, announced today that he will not seek a renewal of his contract which expires next Spring.
"When I started eight seasons ago, it was my goal to work closely with the Board of Governors to transform the CFL. Together, we have accomplished our goals and much more," Cohon said.

"From our transformative TV deal with Bell Media, to the renaissance in new and remodeled stadiums across the country, to the reintroduction of CFL football in our nation's capital, to the first comprehensive drug policy in CFL history, to a well-structured new CBA with our players, we have achieved so much," he added.

"With the positive work we have done, the time is approaching for me to tackle new opportunities and new ventures, and I have informed our Board of Governors of my decision."

Jim Lawson, Chairman of the Canadian Football League's Board of Governors, said the league has made tremendous strides during Cohon's tenure.

"Mark has vastly improved the league's business model and brought innovation to our game, while at the same time connecting deeply with our broad and growing fan base," Lawson said. "He will always be known as the fans' Commissioner."

Cohon thanked several groups for their contributions to the CFL.

"Football is the ultimate team sport, and all of the league's accomplishments are the product of the vision and work of many people: committed franchise owners and chairs, team presidents and staff, and of course our players, who are elite athletes and even better people," Cohon said.

"But the credit for everything and anything we do ultimately belongs to the people who make everything in the CFL possible: our fans."

Among the league's accomplishments while Cohon has been Commissioner:

Expansion:
o   The debut of the Ottawa REDBLACKS as the CFL returned to the national capital under strong local ownership.
o   Exploring opportunities in Atlantic Canada through three successful Touchdown Atlantic games in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Broadcast:
o   A vastly improved national broadcast deal with TSN and RDS which runs until 2018.
o   A new U.S. broadcast deal with ESPN which runs until 2018.

Player  Agreements:

o   Successful negotiation of two Collective Bargaining Agreements that enhanced the fundamental business model of the CFL while bringing labour peace through 2018.

Football Operations:
o   Introduction, in partnership with the CFLPA, of a ground breaking new drug policy, which saw the CFL become the first major professional sports league in North America to test for HGH.
o   Establishment of a centralized command centre for more effective video review of coaches' challenges during games.
o   Enhanced health and safety through the introduction of concussion protocols, rule changes, enhanced discipline and grass roots programs to make our game safer for players and kids alike.

Stadium Renaissance:

o   Construction of new or refurbished stadiums in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Hamilton, with another new stadium planned for Regina in 2017, and stadium improvement projects in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal.

Grey Cups:
o   The national celebration of the 100th Grey Cup in 2012 marked by a national tour for the historic trophy and capped by the wildly successful championship game and festival in Toronto.
o   Improved profile and coverage of our national championship with sold out Grey Cup games and successful festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Regina as well as Toronto.

CFL Brand:
o   Reinvigoration of the CFL brand and pride in our league through the landmark "This is Our League" marketing campaign.
o   New and innovative fan friendly events and programs:

- Annual State of the League briefing hosted by Commissioner for CFL fans.

- Grey Cup Fan March which sees fans carry the Grey Cup to the stadium.

- A modernized rules committee process which invited fans to initiate rules changes. 

Cohon indicated a willingness to stay on as Commissioner until his current contract expires in April 2015.

The Board of Governors will discuss next steps soon, Lawson said.

"Mark has done a wonderful job for our league," Lawson said. "The CFL will continue to grow and succeed in the future under a new Commissioner, building on the strong foundation Mark has worked to build."

CFL Conference Call Details:


Who: CFL Commissioner, Mark Cohon
CFL Chairman of the Board of Governors, Jim Lawson
When: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
4:00pm ET 
Call-In Number: 416-695-7806 / 888-789-9572
Passcode: 2464035


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 19:20
 
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