102nd Grey Cup Media Accreditation Now Open PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:33

102nd Grey Cup Media Accreditation Now Open

The Canadian Football League is now accepting media accreditation requests for the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game.

This year’s Grey Cup is being held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, November 30.

All Grey Cup media applications must be submitted online prior to Friday, October 31, 2014 by visiting the Grey Cup Accreditation Website.

Click here to access the Grey Cup Accreditation Website.

Or by visiting: https://secure.sportssystems.com/events2/?eventKey=07063c7e-c22b-4823-93f6-0a1fc32a63de

If you have any questions or experience any problems, please contact Lucas Barrett at 416-865-4066 or lbarrett@cfl.ca.

On Behalf of the Football Reporters of Canada

Through the courtesy of the CFL office, the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) have set aside 40 hotel rooms for its members in downtown Vancouver for the 102nd Grey Cup.

Single rooms are available from Monday, November 24 to Monday, December 1 at the rate of $169 nightly (plus taxes) at The Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St. There is a four-night minimum stay which must be prepaid in advance by credit card.

The deadline for reservations is 9 a.m. PDT, Thursday, October 30. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made by e-mailing or calling:

Kelley Ainley
CFL Office Manager and Hotel Coordinator
E:   kainley@cfl.ca
P:   416-865-2646

The FRC’s hospitality suite, sponsored by TSN, will be open the nights of Wednesday, November 26 to Sunday, November 30 inclusive.

The FRC’s brunch and Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, followed by the AGM, will be held Sunday, November 30, beginning at 9 a.m. PST inside The Sutton Place Hotel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:43
 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:39

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #12


TORONTO – Jon Cornish, Taylor Reed, and Terrell Sinkfield were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 12 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 and Canadian Player of the Week

Jon Cornish
RB – Calgary Stampeders

Toronto Argonauts 33 @ Calgary Stampeders 40

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 12. Cornish accumulated 209 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of touchdowns in Calgary’s 26-point comeback victory over the Argonauts at McMahon Stadium, 40-33. Cornish was also recognized as the Canadian Player of the Week.

Cornish had 11 carries for a season-high 174 yards (15.8 yards per carry) including a career-long 79-yard touchdown run to cut the Argos’ lead to 14 in the third quarter.

Cornish caught four passes for 35 yards and scored his second touchdown of the game from 25 yards out – that major ended up being the game-winning score.

This is the third consecutive game in which the former Kansas Jayhawk has recorded at least 100 rushing yards. He has totaled 446 yards and three touchdowns over that span.

This is Cornish's second Offensive Player of the Week award this season. The New Westminster, B.C. native's recent play has garnered him three straight Canadian Player of the Week honours.

 

CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Taylor Reed
LB – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Saskatchewan Roughriders 3 @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Taylor Reed was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12. Reed accumulated seven tackles, including a sack, a tackle-for-a-loss and a special teams tackle as the Ticats came away with a 28-3 verdict. Hamilton improved to 2-0 at Tim Horton's field as the home side snapped the Riders' seven-game winning streak.

The former Southern Methodist University Mustang brought down Riders quarterback Tino Suneri late in the opening quarter on second down; the sack resulted in an eight-yard loss and forced the Riders to punt.

Reed also tackled running back Anthony Allen for a two-yard loss.

The native of Beaumont, Texas has racked up 32 tackles, five sacks and an interception in his first season in the CFL.

Coincidentally, the last time the Riders were limited to only three points in a game was in Week 3 of the 2011 season while playing in Hamilton.

This is the first Player of the Week honour in Reed’s career.

 

CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Terrell Sinkfield
KR/PR – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Saskatchewan Roughriders 3 @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28

Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick and punt returner Terrell Sinkfield was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 12. In his first game as a Ticat, Sinkfield returned a Chris Milo punt 57 yards for a touchdown in Hamilton’s second victory at Tim Hortons Field.

In the punt return game, Sinkfield was a constant threat with the ball. He returned 12 punts for 151 yards (12.6 yards per punt) including six punt returns going for 12 yards or more.

The Minnetonka, Minnesota native also returned a kickoff 16 yards.

This is the third time this season that a Hamilton Tiger-Cat has been named Special Teams Player of the Week. Quincy McDuffie took home the award in Week 6 while Brandon Banks accomplished the feat in Week 7.

This is Sinkfield’s first Special Teams Player of the Week honour in his first season in the CFL.

 
CFL SCOUTING BUREAU RELEASES SEPTEMBER RANKINGS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:39

CFL SCOUTING BUREAU RELEASES SEPTEMBER RANKINGS

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau has released its September rankings of the top-20 eligible prospects for the 2015 CFL Canadian Draft.

Draft Insider Justin Dunk announced the rankings earlier today on CFL.ca. To watch the reveal, click here.

"Overall it is a very strong 2015 draft class. Because of the rule change a year ago, it created a backlog of players," said Dunk. "Couple the rule change with a deep crop of CIS talent, it has the makings to be the best class in recent years."

Last year, a new draft rule came into effect: players with national status playing in the CIS will be eligible to be selected in the CFL Draft three years after completing their first year of CIS eligibility.

In addition, the CFL also adjusted the eligibility rules for players with national status playing in the NCAA. They will now be eligible to be selected in the CFL Draft after their senior season of NCAA eligibility.

TOP-5 PROSPECTS

The number one ranked prospect is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native, Brett Boyko. The 6'7", 310 pound offensive lineman from the University of Nevada Las Vegas has started every game in which he has played during his college career. Entering his senior season, Boyko was named to multiple preseason First Team All-Mountain West Conference teams.

Rounding out the top five are Yale University running back Tyler Varga, University of Manitoba wide receiver Nic Demski, Laval offensive lineman Danny Groulx and Western University defensive lineman Daryl Waud.

BY THE NUMBERS

The September rankings include: eight offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, three receivers, two defensive backs, one running back and one linebacker.

There are 13 universities represented on the list with five schools featuring multiple selections; Laval (3), Calgary (3), Laurier (2), Regina (2) and Western (2).

Pierre Lavertu, the 2014 CFL Draft first overall selection, was ranked fourth in the 2013 September rankings.

12-of-15 players from last September's CFL Scouting Bureau rankings were selected in the 2014 CFL Draft, including five in the first round.

SEPTEMBER SCOUTING BUREAU RANKING

Rank

Name

Position

School

1

Brett Boyko

OL

UNLV

2

Tyler Varga

RB

Yale

3

Nic Demski

REC

Manitoba

4

Danny Groulx

OL

Laval

5

Daryl Waud

DL

Western

6

Alex Mateas

OL

UCONN

7

Jacob Ruby

OL

Richmond

8

Sukh Chungh

OL

Calgary

9

Mehdi Abdesmad

DL

Boston College

10

Dillon Guy

OL

Buffalo

11

Addison Richards

REC

Regina

12

Chris Ackie

DB

Laurier

13

Brandon Tennant

DL

Laval

14

Sean McEwen

OL

Calgary

15

Nicholas Shortill

LB

McMaster

16

Karl Lavoie

OL

Laval

17

Ese Mrabure-Ajufo

DL

Laurier

18

Tevaughn Campbell

DB

Regina

19

Jake Harty

REC

Calgary

20

Rory Connop

DL

Western


The 2015 CFL Combine will be held in Toronto from March 27 to 29. The date of the 2015 CFL Draft has yet to be confirmed.

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in September, January and April.

The CFL's Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine teams.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:42
 
PLAYER DISCIPLINE - WEEK #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 18:02

PLAYER DISCIPLINE - WEEK #11

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

Edmonton Eskimo defensive back Patrick Watkins for making offensive and inappropriate comments directed towards an opponent during last Saturday's game against the Calgary Stampeders.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber offensive lineman Steve Morley for punching an opponent during Sunday's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back Paul Woldu for making avoidable physical contact with an on-field official during their Week 10 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, August 31.

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

 
CFL Players of the Week 2014 Canadian Football League Week #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:08

CFL Players of the Week 2014

Canadian Football League Week #11


TORONTO –
Anthony Allen, Bear Woods, James Rodgers and Jon Cornish were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 11 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

Anthony Allen
RB – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Saskatchewan Roughriders 30 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Anthony Allen was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 11. Allen rushed the ball 18 times for 115 yards and scored a touchdown in the Riders’ 30-24 win over the Blue Bombers in the Banjo Bowl.

Allen was an integral part of the Roughriders offence especially after Darian Durant left the game early in the third quarter due to an injury. Allen scored his lone touchdown of the game late in the first half from 13 yards out to extend Saskatchewan’s lead to 20-8.

The Tampa, Florida native also added a pair of receptions for 21 yards in the game.

In his first season in the CFL, the product of Georgia Tech is currently third in the league in rushing with 477 yards and has scored a total of six touchdowns this season.

This is Allen’s first Player of the Week honour in his career.

CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Bear Woods
LB – Montreal Alouettes

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 31 @ Montreal Alouettes 38

Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11. In his fourth game of the season, Woods recorded a career-high ten tackles as well as a career-high two sacks in the Alouettes’ comeback win over Hamilton, 38-31.

The former Troy University Trojan brought down Ticats quarterback Zach Collaros on two different occasions for a combined loss of eight yards.

The native of Macclenny, Florida has racked up 23 tackles and three sacks this season.

This is the first Player of the Week honour of Woods’ career.

CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

James Rodgers
KR/PR – Montreal Alouettes

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 31 @ Montreal Alouettes 38

Montreal Alouettes kick and punt returner James Rodgers was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 11. Rodgers returned a Justin Medlock punt 83 yards for a major, as the Alouettes topped the Ticats 38-31 at home.

The all-time total yards leader at Oregon State returned four punts for 100 yards (averaging 25.0 yards) and two kickoffs for 45 yards (averaging 22.5 yards )in the contest.

The 5'7" 185 pound native of Richmond, Texas has recorded 226 combined return yards this season.

This is Rodgers’ first Player of the Week honour in his first season in the CFL.

CFL Canadian Player of the Week

Jon Cornish
RB – Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders 41 @Edmonton Eskimos 34

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 11. Cornish carried the ball 17 times for 109 yards and a touchdown as the Stampeders completed the season sweep of the Battle of Alberta with a 41-34 decision.

The former Kansas Jayhawk scored the Stamps’ final touchdown on a 10-yard run to put the game out of reach for the Eskimos.

This marked the first time this season that Cornish has rushed for consecutive 100-yard games after tallying 163 yards in Calgary’s Labour Day Classic victory. Cornish’s two impressive performances against Edmonton in Weeks 10 and 11 have earned him back-to-back Canadian Player of the Week honours.

In four games this season, the native of New Westminster, B.C. has rushed for 413 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry, while running in three touchdowns. He has also added eight receptions for 60 yards.

This is Cornish’s second Canadian Player of the Week award this season.

 
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