A big thumbs up to Hamilton’s 2013 CFL player award winners.
Henry Burris is the Ticats’ Most Outstanding Player, Brian Bulcke is the top Canadian and defensive player, Greg Wojt gets the nod on the offensive line, Marc Beswick has been recognized for his special teams play, and C.J. Gable is Hamilton’s rookie of the year.
The picks are perfect, at least, in my opinion.
I’m among a handful of media types who are called upon each year to offer my perspective on which players deserve recognition for their performance.
And the recognition is well deserved because without the great play of these players, the Ticats would not be a playoff team in 2013.
The CFL player awards will be handed out November 21 in Regina, and in all likelihood, Hamilton may only have one winner from their group.
And that’s C.J. Gable.
His stiffest test for the East Division Rookie of the Year award will come from Montreal safety Mike Edem, but he should be able to take him down.
And he’ll likely face Calgary centre Brett Jones for the ultimate prize.
And in my opinion, Gable deserves the nod.
Quarterback Henry Burris- Most Outstanding Player
In his 15th CFL season, Burris leads the league with 4,790 passing yards, has completed 356 of his 543 pass attempts and has thrown for 22 touchdowns. His 65.6% completion percentage currently ranks as the top single-season mark in Ticats history. This year, Burris became the fifth quarterback in CFL history to throw for 50,000 career passing yards and the sixth pivot to run for over 5,000 career rushing yards.
Defensive Tackle Brian Bulcke for Most Outstanding Defensive Player & Most Outstanding Canadian
Bulcke has anchored the Tiger-Cats defensive line this season, making 24 defensive tackles, three fumble recoveries and three quarterback sacks.
Right Guard and Right Tackle Greg Wojt – Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
In his first year with the Tiger-Cats, Wojt has been a steady presence on the offensive line while demonstrating his versatility by starting at both right guard and right tackle.
Linebacker Marc Beswick- Most Outstanding Special Teams Player
Beswick enters the final week of the season at the top of the league’s special teams tackles list with 22. The Ticats special teams captain has led the Black and Gold in special teams tackles in each of the last four seasons.
Running Back C. J. Gable – Most Outstanding Rookie
Gable has put together a sensational rookie campaign, rushing 130 times for 782 yards – and average of 6.0 yards per carry – while catching 54 passes for 598 yards and adding 12 total touchdowns. His 1380 yards from scrimmage leads all East Division players and ranks fourth in the league.
Below are the first ballot results for each CFL team:
* Indicates a unanimous selection
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Jovan Olafioye|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Tim Brown|
|ROOKIE:||Seydou Junior Haidara|
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Matt O’Donnell|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Eric Samuels|
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Stanley Bryant|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Rene Paredes*|
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Brendon LaBatte|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Ricky Schmitt|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Glenn January|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Will Ford|
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Greg Wojt|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Marc Beswick*|
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Jeff Keeping|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Swayze Waters|
|OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:||Luc Brodeur-Jourdain|
|SPECIAL TEAMS:||Daryl Townsend|