ELIMIMIAN & RAY HEADLINE CFL AWARDS NOMINEES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Friday, 14 November 2014 15:40

TORONTO - Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray and BC Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian will square off once more this season, but this time it will happen off the field.

The Canadian Football League announced today that the two players have been voted as the Most Outstanding Players in their respective divisions. The winner will be announced at the CFL Awards show on Thursday, November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia as part of the 102nd Grey Cup festivities.

The Most Outstanding Player awards, which include six categories, are voted on by 68 voters from the Football Reporters of Canada and head coaches from across the league.

Here are all of this year's Most Outstanding Player nominees:

Category

West

East

PLAYER

Solomon Elimimian (BC)

Ricky Ray (TOR)

DEFENSIVE

Solomon Elimimian (BC)

Bear Woods (MTL)

CANADIAN

Jon Cornish (CGY)

Ted Laurent (HAM)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Brett Jones (CGY)

Jeff Perrett (MTL)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Lirim Hajrullahu (WPG)

Swayze Waters (TOR)

ROOKIE

Dexter McCoil (EDM)

Tristan Okpalaugo (TOR)

Elimimian, who is also the West Division Most Outstanding Defensive Player, set the tackle and total tackle record in a single season. He also becomes the first defensive player in CFL history to be recognized as the Most Outstanding Player in his Division.

The 2013 Most Outstanding Player, Jon Cornish is looking to capture his third straight Most Outstanding Canadian Award, a rare feat that has only been done by Tony Gabriel (1976-78).

This marks the second time in as many years that both East and West Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman were both Canadian. Previous to last year, the last time this happened was in 2008 when Scott Flory and Gene Makowsky were honoured

Under the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player category, the last time a pair of kickers were in the running for the award was in 2006 when Sandro DeAngelis beat out Noel Prefontaine.

With Dexter McCoil and Tristan Okpalaugo named Most Outstanding Rookie's for their respective divisions, it marks the first time both nominees are both defensive players since 2006 when Etienne Boulay and Aaron Hunt were up for the award. 

Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL division who through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards' titles - Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie, and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player

The 2014 CFL Awards will be handed out on Thursday, November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. Tickets for the show are available at ticketmaster.ca.Tickets can be upgraded to provide access to the pre-show reception, the Concert Series VIP viewing deck or the CFLPA Official Player's Party at FIVESIXTY.

 
CFL Players of the Week - Week 20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 17:45

CFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 2014

Canadian Football League Week #20


TORONTO
- Marquay McDaniel, Keon Raymond, Swayze Waters and Quinn Smith were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 20 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

Marquay McDaniel 
SB - Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders 33 @ BC Lions 16

Calgary Stampeders slotback Marquay McDaniel was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 20. McDaniel tallied 12 receptions for 165 yards as Calgary concluded its regular season with a 33-16 victory over the Lions.

In his first game back since Week 12, McDaniel set new career-highs for both receptions and receiving yards in a single game.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia native's big game helped the Stamps gather some momentum as the team heads into the Grey Cup Playoffs. Calgary is set to host the Western Final against the winner of the Western Semifinal tilt between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos.

McDaniel, who is tied for the all-time lead in touchdown receptions at Hampton University, had quite an impressive year, despite only suiting up in a dozen contests. His 792 receiving yards place him eleventh in the league to go with his four touchdowns.

Playing in his sixth season in the CFL, this is McDaniel's first career Player of the Week honour.


CFL Defensive Player of the Week

Keon Raymond 
DB - Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders 33 @ BC Lions 16

Calgary Stampeders defensive back Keon Raymond was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 20. Raymond filled the stat sheet by recording seven tackles, an interception, a special teams tackle and forcing a fumble in the Stampeders' road victory over the Lions.

The former Middle Tennessee State standout's seven tackles matched a season-best. In the fourth quarter with the Lions threatening on the Calgary 22-yard line, Raymond intercepted a Kevin Glenn pass and returned it up-field for 43 yards. The timely pick set up a Rene Paredes field goal to put the game out of reach.

The seven-year veteran finished the campaign with five interceptions - one shy of the league lead. His 46 tackles on the season place him sixth on the team. Raymond also added a fumble recovery and a touchdown this year - the fourth major of his career.

This is Raymond's first Player of the Week honour this season and his fourth overall; his last came in Week 20 of the 2012 season.


CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Swayze Waters 
K/P - Toronto Argonauts

Ottawa REDBLACKS 5 @ Toronto Argonauts 23

Toronto Argonauts kicker and punter Swayze Waters was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 20. Waters scored 11 of the Argonauts' 23 points and added nine punts to help Toronto finish out the season with a 23-5 victory over the visiting REDBLACKS.

The former standout from the University of Birmingham Alabama and Toronto's nominee for Special Teams Player of the Year, notched a trio of field goals from 45, 39 and 22 yards away and added a pair of extra point kicks in the Argos' season finale.

Waters averaged 47.6 yards on nine punts in the contest, including a 62-yard punt in the second quarter.

The Jackson, Mississippi native topped the league in kicking points with 184, in field-goals made with 47 and in punting average with 47.7 yards (minimum 40 punts). He also finished the season having made 47-of-52 field goal attempts (90.4 per cent) and was a perfect 40-for-40 on extra point attempts.

This is the third Special Teams Player of the Week award of Waters' career with his last coming in Week 15 this season.


CFL Canadian Player of the Week

Quinn Smith  
DL - Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders 33 @ BC Lions 16

Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Quinn Smith was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 20. In Calgary's final game prior to the Grey Cup Playoffs, Smith tallied three sacks as the Stampeders' took to the road and came out as victors.

The 2014 seventh overall pick in the CFL Draft wrapped up Lions pivot Kevin Glenn three times - all in the fourth quarter - to send the home team back a total of 15 yards.

The 6'2" 300-pound, Scarborough, Ontario native recorded ten tackles and four sacks in his rookie season with the Stampeders.

This is the former Concordia Stingers' first career Player of the Week honour.

 
CFL MEDIA PRESENTS GAMETIME WITH SIMONI LAWRENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:07

CFL MEDIA PRESENTS GAMETIME WITH SIMONI LAWRENCE

Premieres Today on YouTube.com/CFL at 2 p.m. ET


TORONTO
- Foshigadoh. Sexynonymous. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Goats. Nicki Minaj. Just a few of the topics chatted about in the CFL Media series GameTime with Simoni Lawrence which premieres today at 2 p.m. ET on YouTube.com/CFL.

The series includes six made-for-YouTube short videos that feature Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence playing popular pastime games while engaging in funny, compelling and interesting conversations with other CFL players.

The series is part of the CFL's strategy to bring fans more content from off the field to showcase players' personalities.

"Our players have big personalities and can be hilarious and very captivating," said Christina Litz, Vice President of Broadcast and Media Assets. "But our fans don't get to see this side of them very often and it's our objective to change that through the creation of unique content.

"This series features pastime games we have all played and interesting conversations that touch on topics that span far beyond football. We hope this will lead to our fans sharing this content across their social feeds and be of interest to new audiences as well."

The CFL also plans to unveil a second made-for-YouTube series in the coming weeks.

The six GameTime shorts include Simoni playing Jenga with Ticats defensive lineman Bryan Hall, Battleship with Toronto Argonauts slotback Chad Owens and Go Fish with Argos kicker Swayze Waters.


The schedule for the remaining shorts:

Monday, Nov. 10 - GameTime with Simoni Lawrence and Bryan Hall Part I
Thursday, Nov. 13 - GameTime with Simoni Lawrence and Swayze Waters Part I
Tuesday, Nov. 18 GameTime with Simoni Lawrence and Chad Owens Part II
Thursday, Nov. 20 - GameTime with Simoni Lawrence and Bryan Hall Part II
Tuesday, Nov. 25 - GameTime with Simoni Lawrence and Swayze Waters Part II

"We hope our fans love this content as much as we do," added Litz. "Our players were amazing which allowed us to capture some really great content. It's clear there is a huge opportunity to create more and more content like this and we look forward to doing it."

The CFL worked with digital agency One Method to produce the video series.

 
DALLAS SMITH & NIKKI YANOFSKY TO HEADLINE THE SIRIUSXM GREY CUP KICKOFF SHOW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:07

DALLAS SMITH & NIKKI YANOFSKY TO HEADLINE THE SIRIUSXM GREY CUP KICKOFF SHOW

Show on "Canada's Biggest Stage" will launch 102nd Grey Cup championship on November 30


TORONTO
- The Canadian Football League and SiriusXM Canada are proud to announce that acclaimed Canadian recording artists Dallas Smith and Nikki Yanofsky will perform during the SiriusXM Grey Cup Kickoff Show in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, November 30.

The SiriusXM Grey Cup Kickoff Show, which launches the official start of the 102nd Grey Cup game, begins at 6 p.m. ET with an opening performance from country star and British Columbia native Dallas Smith, followed by a bilingual rendition of O'Canada by Universal Music Canada's platinum selling jazz-pop sensation, Nikki Yanofsky.

The kickoff show will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS and SiriusXM subscribers can also catch all the action starting with the Grey Cup Kickoff Show on SiriusXM channel 167.

"Fans are going to want to be in their seats and in front of their TVs for this year's kickoff show," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "Dallas Smith's performance will energize the country while the singing of our national anthem by Nikki Yanofsky will unite us all. We are so pleased that they will be featured on Canada's biggest stage as we get ready to kick off Canada's biggest game, the Grey Cup."

"SiriusXM is proud to present the 2014 Grey Cup Kickoff Show in Vancouver, and making it part of our ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best emerging Canadian music," said Paul Cunningham, SVP Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. "We're looking forward to Dallas and Nikki bringing CFL and music fans a thrilling opening performance to cap off an exciting season and to help make this Championship battle unforgettable."

Hailing from British Columbia, Dallas Smith is skyrocketing to the very top of the country music scene.  On November 24th, Smith will release "Lifted" his second full-length country album and the follow up to 2012's JUNO Award nominated release, "Jumped" Right In".  "Lifted" with its mix of guitar-goosed corkers, rollicking sing-alongs and tender ballads drawn both from 2014's critically acclaimed Tippin' Point EP and new recording sessions sees Smith reunite with prized producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen).  The 11-track album includes the PLATINUM selling hit, "Tippin' Point" which set the record as the fastest Canadian country single to go Platinum and is the highest selling Canadian country digital single in history. Over the years, Smith has attended BC Lions games as a fan and has performed during a halftime of an Edmonton Eskimos game at Commonwealth Stadium in 2012.

"It's not every day that you get to perform at the Grey Cup," says Smith.  "I'm super excited and honoured to have the chance to kick off the party at home in front of 50,000+ fans - it will be a moment to remember for sure!"

Nikki Yanofsky released her second studio album, "Little Secret", earlier this year and debuted at #4 on the SoundScan Album Chart. She will soon be kicking-off a Canadian tour in January (2015) - fans can visit nikkiyanofsky.com for ticket information. Yanofsky's debut, platinum-selling album, "Nikki" (2010), hit #1 on the jazz chart and #6 in pop, was nominated for the Vocal Jazz Album of the year and also an international hit, reaching gold status in France and the United States. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Nikki's quadruple-platinum single, "I Believe", was the theme song for the 2010 Winter Olympics on CTV.

"I'm excited to be a part of this country's biggest and greatest sporting event," says Yanofsky. "I can't wait to kickoff the 102nd Grey Cup in style and soak-in all the amazing events happening that weekend."

 
2014 CFL TEAM AWARDS ANNOUNCED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 14:52

2014 CFL TEAM AWARDS ANNOUNCED


TORONTO
- The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today the team winners for the 2014 CFL Awards.

The players were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.

In this first ballot, FRC representatives from each CFL city plus the respective head coach submitted votes for the six categories. Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL club who, through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards' titles - Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie, and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

The East and West Division winners for the 2014 CFL Awards will be announced on Thursday, November 13 at noon ET.

The 2014 CFL Awards will be handed out on Thursday, November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. Tickets for the show are available at ticketmaster.ca. Tickets can be upgraded to provide access to the pre-show reception, the Concert Series VIP viewing deck or the CFLPA Official Player's Party at FIVESIXTY.

Below are the first ballot results:

*Indicates a unanimous selection


BC Lions

Player: Solomon Elimimian*
Defensive: Solomon Elimimian*
Canadian: Rolly Lumbala
Offensive Lineman: Jovan Olafioye
Special Teams: Paul McCallum
Rookie: Josh Johnson


Edmonton Eskimos
Player: Adarius Bowman
Defensive: Odell Willis*
Canadian: Eddie Steele
Offensive Lineman: Simeon Rottier
Special Teams: Deon Lacey
Rookie: Dexter McCoil*


Calgary Stampeders
Player: Jon Cornish
Defensive: Shawn Lemon
Canadian: Jon Cornish*
Offensive Lineman: Brett Jones
Special Teams: Rob Maver*
Rookie: Sederrik Cunningham


Saskatchewan Roughriders
Player: John Chick
Defensive: John Chick
Canadian: Ricky Foley
Offensive Lineman: Dominic Picard
Special Teams: Tristan Jackson
Rookie: Mark LeGree


Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Player: Drew Willy
Defensive: Maurice Leggett
Canadian: Lirim Hajrullahu
Offensive Lineman: Glenn January
Special Teams: Lirim Hajrullahu*
Rookie: Lirim Hajrullahu*


Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Player: Zach Collaros
Defensive: Simoni Lawrence
Canadian: Ted Laurent
Offensive Lineman: Brian Simmons*
Special Teams: Justin Medlock
Rookie: Taylor Reed


Toronto Argonauts
Player: Ricky Ray*
Defensive: Tristan Okpalaugo
Canadian: Chris Van Zeyl
Offensive Lineman: Chris Van Zeyl
Special Teams: Swayze Waters
Rookie: Tristan Okpalaugo*


Ottawa REDBLACKS
Player: Jasper Simmons
Defensive: Jasper Simmons
Canadian: Justin Capicciotti
Offensive Lineman: Jon Gott
Special Teams: Brett Maher
Rookie: Antoine Pruneau*


Montreal Alouettes
Player: Duron Carter
Defensive: Bear Woods
Canadian: Jeff Perrett
Offensive Lineman: Jeff Perrett
Special Teams: Sean Whyte
Rookie: Gabriel Knapton*

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