The Saskatchewan Roughrider nominees for the CFL Awards were announced on Thursday. This year’s nominees are: Jeff Knox Jr. (Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, & Most Outstanding Rookie), Rob Bagg (Outstanding Canadian), Brendon LaBatte (Outstanding Offensive Lineman), and Dylan Ainsworth (Outstanding Special Teams Player).
JEFF KNOX Jr.
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER
MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE
First time a Rider rookie has picked up nominations as Outstanding Player and Outstanding Defensive Player…was a unanimous selection for all three awards…has played all 17 regular season games, with 16 starts at linebacker…has established a single season franchise record with 107 defensive tackles; currently ranking 2nd among league leaders…also has registered 10 special teams tackles, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one interception, one pass knockdown, and one blocked convert…last Roughrider to win CFL Most Outstanding Player was Kerry Joseph in 2007…last Roughrider to win CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player was John Chick in 2009…last Rider to win CFL Most Outstanding Rookie was Weston Dressler in 2008.
MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN
Second career nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Canadian after being previously nominated in 2009…has started all 17 regular season games at receiver…leads team with a career high seven touchdowns – four receiving, three rushing…has 46 catches for 503 yards…added five carries for 14 yards…the last Rider to win CFL Outstanding Canadian was Andy Fantuz in 2010.
MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
Second nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman…fifth career nomination as he was named Winnipeg Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman three times… has started 17 regular season games at right guard…LaBatte previously won CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2013.
MOST OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Special Teams Player…has played all 17 regular season games this season…leads the team with 12 special teams tackles…Corey Holmes won this award in 2002 and 2005.
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’ titled – 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 2015 CFL Awards will be announced on Nov. 12.